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Joe’s Commentary: Plan to Vote

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Today, you have options for voting -10 early voting days and then, voting on election day, November 2.  After Monday the options begin to decline. Early voting begins Oct. 18 and lasts until Oct. 29. read more arw

Congratulations to the following New Supers

Sharon Boothe, Interrim Superintendent, Greenville ISD, has been named New Super of Greenville ISD.

Cory Hines, Superintendent, Chester ISD, has been named New Super of Neches ISD.

Angela Dominguez, Assisstant Superintendent of Academic Services, Edgewood ISD, has been named New Super of Donna ISD.

Benny Barnett, Elementary Counselor, Sentinel Public Schools, Oklahoma, has been named New Super of Northside SD.

Dr. Michael "Chad" Jones, Superintendent, Sinton ISD, has been named New Super of Decatur ISD .

 

39 Superintendent Vacancies Click to expand

Vacant Lexington ISD; Search by: Arrow Educational ServicesINFO
Vacant Mullin ISD; Search by: Leasor Crass, P.C. (search suspended)INFO
Vacant Region One ESC Executive Director; Search by: Region One ESC Board of DirectorsINFO
Vacant El Paso ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C. & Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Vacant Carthage ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Paint Rock ISD; Search by: O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King and Dr. Abelardo SaavedraINFO
Vacant Executive Director
UTSA Dual Language
Community Lab Schools Partnership; Search by: UTSA College of Education & Human DevelopmentINFO
Vacant Hawkins ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Levelland ISD; Search by: Levelland ISD Board of Trustees, Assisted by Region 17 ESCINFO
Vacant Cushing ISD; Search by: KARCZEWSKI BRADSHAW SPALDINGINFO
Vacant Stephenville ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Caldwell ISD; Search by: TASB Executive Search ServicesINFO
Vacant Savoy ISD; Search by: Brian Neal & Savoy ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Boling ISD; Search by: Boling ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Colorado ISD; Search By: Colorado ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Bridgeport ISD - CCR; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
Vacant Chester ISD; Search by: Chester ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
Vacant Burkeville ISD; Dr. Darrell Myers & Burkeville ISD Board of TrustessINFO
Vacant Jacksboro ISD; Search by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis and Kenny MillerINFO
Lone Finalist Sweet Home ISD - Dr. Jennifer “Renee” Fairchild, Administrator,Gonzales ISD; Search by Region 3 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Harrold ISD - Cody Patton, Director of Operations,Tioga ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Windthorst ISD - William Paul, Principal,Breckenridge ISD; Search By: Region 9 ESCINFO
Lone Finalist Decatur ISD - Dr. Michael "Chad" Jones, Superintendent,Sinton ISD; Search by: Walsh Gallegos Treviño, Kyle & Robinson P.C. & Dr. Ann DixonINFO
Lone Finalist Northside ISD - ​Benny Barnett, Principal,Northside ISD; Rearch by: Region 9 ESC, Darren Francis & Kenny MillerINFO
Lone Finalist Donna ISD - Angela Dominguez, Deputy Superintendent,Colorado Springs School District 11; Search by: Law Office of Flores & Torres, LLP, Dr. Ruben D. OlivarezINFO
New Super Haskell CISD - Lonnie Hise, Superintendent,Windthorst ISD; Search by: CCR Educational Consultants, Dr. Skip Casey, Staci Robertson, & Rod TownsendINFO
New Super Neches ISD - Cory Hines, Superintendent,Chester ISD; Search by: Neches ISD Board of TrusteesINFO
New Super Goodrich ISD - William Daniel Barton, Principal,Shepherd ISD; Search by: Goodrich ISD Board of TrusteesINFO

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers Is Now Open!

October 1505:00 AM
 

The Charles Butt Scholarship is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for passionate aspiring educators looking to make a difference for Texas public school students. The Scholarship includes $8,000–$10,000 in annual funding for up to four years, professional development opportunities, mentorship, and participation in a statewide network of aspiring teachers. We are looking for applicants who want a career in teaching, believe in the importance of public education, are leaders in their communities, and reflect the diversity of the state of Texas. To be eligible, applicants must be committed to teaching in a majority-economically disadvantaged school or in a shortage subject area (math, science, special education, or bilingual) in the Texas public school system.    (15) view article  arw

Updated Bond List- 10:32 AM Tuesday 10/12/2021

October 1208:35 AM
 

Updated Bond List - We have added some additional schools with bonds, thanks to David Webb with Stifel.  The Updated list has 53 school districts today. - js - webmaster@texasisd.com

Preventive Law: HVAC Projects Using ESSER Funds

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November 2021 Bond List

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The list is still coming toghether but this is what we have so far. Please feel free to email any updates or corrections to webmaster@texasisd.com

Holocaust stirs uproar at North Texas school district

October 1508:40 AM
 

CNN) -- A school district superintendent in North Texas apologized Thursday night after one of the district's administrators told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classroom libraries, then they should also include books that have "opposing" views of the Holocaust. At a training session last week, a school administrator with Carroll ISD in Southlake, Texas, tried to advise elementary school teachers on how to follow new district guidelines for the vetting of books. The guidelines were issued in an attempt to align with a controversial law in Texas that seeks to restrict discussion of race and history in schools. The training session was first reported by NBC News. After teachers expressed frustration and confusion over the new guidelines, Gina Peddy -- executive director of curriculum and instruction for the district -- invoked the Holocaust as an example of a historic event that would require a teacher to keep on hand other books with "opposing" views. view article  arw

Voters will decide whether to approve expansion of high school in Leander ISD $772M school bond

October 1508:40 AM
 

LEANDER, TEXAS (KXAN) — Leander Independent School District voters will decide this November whether to approve a $772.2 million bond package to meet growth needs inside the district. It’s the largest bond the district has ever issued. view article  arw

Early voting begins Monday, four VISD propositions on ballot

October 1508:40 AM
 

Early voting voting begins Monday with four propositions related to Victoria Independent School District on the ballot. From Oct. 18-29, voters will be able to head to the polls early to vote on a voter approved tax rate election, or VATRE, and three bond proposals ahead of election day on Nov. 2. The VATRE will increase the district’s budget by 3-cents, if approved. The VATRE would lower the tax rate by 2.17-cents per $100. Approval of the VATRE would go toward pay raises for VISD teachers and staff, according to VISD deputy superintendent of operation Greg Bonewald. VISD’s teacher wages are not competitive with other district’s and it makes attracting skilled and experienced teachers and staff.    (15) view article  arw

Secret Recording Has Carroll ISD Administrator Saying Books On Holocaust Need ‘Opposing’ View

October 1508:31 AM
 

Carroll ISD in Southlake is receiving national attention Thursday night, Oct. 14 for an administrator’s comments about books on the Holocaust. The comments were secretly recorded, and NBC News reported a director of curriculum said teachers should have a book with an opposing view on the holocaust in their classrooms as well. The administrator was talking about the Texas law banning Critical Race Theory in Texas classrooms, HB 3979. view article  arw

17-year-old Hudson ISD student earns private pilot’s license

October 1508:30 AM
 

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The legal age to receive a private pilot’s license is 17 years old. On Wednesday, Baylee Ward turned 17 and spent her special day obtaining her license at Angelina County Airport. Industry statistics report the average age of a private pilot to be 48 years old. Ward credits Hudson ISD for encouraging her to pursue flying. “They’ve provided me with so much to get to where I am today, you know. I learned the fundamentals of flight, and I came into my training with a whole new set of knowledge that my CFI or flight instructor wasn’t expecting me to know, so I came in a couple of steps ahead because of Hudson aviation,” Ward said. Hudson ISD’s aeronautics instructor Carla Ladner is incredibly proud of Baylee. She said the goal of her program is to get more enrolled students their private pilot’s licenses, but Baylee is their first to obtain her license while still in high school. view article  arw

Long range planning for Granbury ISD

October 1508:30 AM
 

Recently I was contacted by Dr. Jeremy Glenn, the superintendent Of Granbury ISD. He asked me if I would be willing to serve on a long-range planning committee he was forming to study the current issues, needs and wants of the GISD moving into the future. Dr. Glenn explained he was asking individuals from the community to come together to learn and better understand the current conditions at GISD so we could help formulate well-conceived goals as GISD moves forward. I glanced at my calendar and in my mind, I could hear my wife’s voice saying, “Not another project,” but I decided if Dr. Glenn thought I might be of some sort of help, it was important for me to do my part. view article  arw

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION EARLY VOTING PERIOD BEGINS MONDAY

October 1508:30 AM
 

Early voting begins Monday in the November Constitutional Amendment Election. There are eight constitutional amendments which will appear on the ballot in Young County, but no other local ballot issues. Early voting in the election will be held weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, to Friday, Oct. 29, at North Central Texas College at 928 Cherry St. in Graham, and Olney Community Library at 807 W. Hamilton in Olney, according to the notice of election from the Young County election office. Any registered voter can vote at any location for early voting. view article  arw

Dallas ISD says mask rules will remain unchanged as protesters target Dealey Montessori

October 1508:30 AM
 

DISD's policy, first announced in August, will continue to separate unmasked students from those who agree to abide by the school district policy.  DALLAS — Protesters targeted a Dallas ISD elementary school in North Dallas Thursday to decry mask rules that the superintendent says will remain in place at least through the first of the year.  Protesters lined the sidewalk in front of George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Vanguard and International Academy on Royal Lane as parents picked up their children at the end of the day. They carried signs against masks, signs against "the media," and signs against child abuse, which is what they say DISD's mask rules amount to. view article  arw

Southlake school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with ‘opposing’ views

October 1508:30 AM
 

Teachers in the Carroll school district say they fear being punished for stocking classrooms with books dealing with racism, slavery and now the Holocaust.  SOUTHLAKE, Texas — A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective, according to an audio recording obtained by NBC News.  Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, made the comment Friday afternoon during a training session on which books teachers can have in classroom libraries. The training came four days after the Carroll school board, responding to a parent’s complaint, voted to reprimand a fourth grade teacher who had kept an anti-racism book in her classroom. view article  arw

Editorial: We recommend Lee “Mac” Walker for HISD District VII trustee

October 1508:30 AM
 

In unruly classrooms and school boards alike, you’ve got good kids, you’ve got troublemakers, and then you’ve got the good kids who, for some reason, follow the troublemakers down a path to mischief. That was Anne Sung in 2018. Amid the HISD board’s dysfunction, this Harvard-educated, former award-winning HISD physics teacher and strong advocate for special education whom we had enthusiastically endorsed for District VII trustee joined colleagues who met secretly with former Superintendent Abe Saavedra, which state officials say violated Texas’ open meetings law. Three days later she voted to swap Saavedra for interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan. view article  arw

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TJC honors Mize, fellow superintendents

October 1508:30 AM
 

The Tyler Junior College Alumni Association honored its 2021 class of award recipients in a glittering event Saturday, Oct. 2, in the new Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center on the TJC main campus.  “It’s exciting to host the TJC Alumni Awards at this location for the first time,” said Susan Farrington, TJC director of alumni relations. “We now have the ability to showcase student, alumni and faculty talent while honoring the best among us.” view article  arw

Leander ISD moves to ‘yellow phase,’ recommends masks indoors for all

October 1508:30 AM
 

LEANDER, Texas — With "encouraging signs that COVID-19 mitigation efforts are working," Leander ISD is downgrading to the "yellow phase" of its safety protocols, the district announced. Effective Oct. 13, this means that masks are now recommended for every individual while indoors, the water fountain can be used as per usual and there are now no limitations on the number of spectators who can be at extracurricular  activities.  Superintendent Bruce Gearing said that daily positive COVID-19 cases on campus are winding down to under 10. For the week of Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, there have been five total positive cases. There have been 1,501 total cumulative positive cases, according to Leander ISD's COVID-19 dashboard. view article  arw

Donna ISD officially hires district’s first female superintendent

October 1508:29 AM
 

The Donna Independent School District hired its first female superintendent during a board meeting Tuesday night. Angela Dominguez was named a lone finalist for the superintendent position last month, and begins her leadership role on Wednesday, according to a news release from the district. view article  arw

Austin ISD awarded money for licensed mental health professionals to join district’s police department

October 1508:28 AM
 

The Austin Independent School District was awarded $248,245 in federal grants to hire licensed mental health professionals (LMHP) to join its police department. According to the district, the grant will fund two contracted, part-time LMHPs who will respond and assess high-risk crisis calls involving things like trauma, mental health and suicide. view article  arw

Overnight heavy rains close Comal ISD, river access in New Braunfels

October 1508:28 AM
 

The aftermath of heavy rains overnight into Thursday morning closed river access in New Braunfels, all Comal Independent School District facilities and has led to bus delays in the New Braunfels ISD, officials said. “Throughout the morning, our transportation supervisors have been evaluating the roadways and our Emergency Management Teams has been in contact with local authorities regarding road conditions in Comal ISD,” the district said in an email to parents. “While the severe weather has moved out of our area, residual flooding and road debris is still making it unsafe for our buses to travel along many of our secondary roads." view article  arw

Online learning resolution opens door to state funding for Frisco ISD

October 1508:28 AM
 

Frisco ISD is officially on the road to getting state funding for its online learning program. On Tuesday, the Frisco ISD board of trustees approved a resolution to operate a local remote learning program as allowed under state law. After Texas Senate Bill 15 was passed during the second session of the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, school districts found themselves with a way to provide online schooling this school year with secured attendance-based funding from the state, an option that wasn’t on the table when the school year began. view article  arw

Lamar Consolidated ISD teacher accused of ‘inappropriate interaction’ with a student, district says

October 1508:28 AM
 

Lamar Consolidated ISD said it is notifying parents of current and former students of a kindergarten teacher who the district said is accused of an inappropriate interaction with a student. The district confirmed the arrest of Troi Moore, a teacher at Tamarron Elementary School in Katy, on a second-degree felony charge of indecency with a child. Moore was arrested Tuesday. view article  arw

Court date set for former Athens ISD teacher charged with improper relationship with student

October 1508:25 AM
 

At a pretrial hearing Wednesday, Judge Scott McKee set a court date of 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 for Kaitlynn Kirkland, a former teacher at Athens ISD, charged with having an improper relationship with a high school student and tampering with evidence. The Athens Police Department arrested Kaitlynn Kirkland, a former teacher at Athens ISD Friday, July 17, 2020. She was released the same day after posting a $14,500 bond. According to a press release from AISD, administrators were first made aware in November of 2019 of the allegations which led to the current charges. view article  arw

“We need your help” KISD hosts town hall on school violence

October 1508:25 AM
 

In a two-hour and at times emotional town hall, Killeen Independent School District school officials including Superintendent John Craft, Police Chief Ralph Disher and School Board President JoAnn Purser solicited advice from about two dozen parents regarding how to help combat “a perceived increase in school violence.” “This violence is often over nothing,” said PTA Council President Trina Thompson. “We’re baffled.” Thompson, who opened the meeting, said the rise in violence was associated with social media and a lack of structure. view article  arw

PSJA promotes fresh local produce with farm-to-school initiative

October 1508:25 AM
 

PHARR, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District continues to incorporate its “Farm-to-School” initiative as part of its efforts to educate students on food and healthier eating. LOCAL NEWS: Primera police warn public of mail scheme The district is proud to continue to highlight efforts in celebration of National School Lunch Week that will be taking place October 12 through the 15. The Farm to School Initiative at PSJA ISD includes an approach that incorporates sustainability and school nutrition elements, according to PSJA Agroecology & Sustainability Supervisor Habraham Lopez, This allows students to make important connections to the food they consume daily as well as to the curriculum. view article  arw

Texas man charged with threatening prominent doctor over her Covid vaccine advocacy

October 1508:25 AM
 

A Texas man was charged in federal court with threatening a prominent health policy professional over her Covid-19 vaccination advocacy, ethnic background and gender, authorities said Tuesday. The Justice Department said the man, Scott Eli Harris, 51, of Aubrey, was arrested following Tuesday's unsealing of a grand jury indictment that contained a single allegation. It says he "knowingly and willingly transmitted in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another" on July 12. In a statement, the Justice Department alleged that Harris texted the threats to the victim, identified in the indictment only as "Dr. L.W., who had been a vocal proponent" of vaccination. view article  arw

Surprise Bonus: Royse City ISD gives employees $1,000

October 1508:25 AM
 

ROYSE CITY, Texas - The Royse City Independent School District in Rockwall County surprised workers with a bonus as it started fall break. "We think you need something to take with you. So today, every single employee of our district is getting $1,000," Superintendent Kevin Worthy said. view article  arw

Keller ISD will end online learning option next month. Here’s how it will change

October 1508:25 AM
 

Keller ISD is ending its virtual learning option next month. The district will discontinue the model on Nov. 19, according to NBC DFW (KXAS-TV). “With COVID-19 cases currently decreasing in Keller ISD and with discussions that a vaccine may be available for children under the age of 12 toward the end of the year, the district plans to end the virtual learning option (VLO),” the district said in a statement. view article  arw

Mansfield ISD Making Security Changes In Wake Of Timberview High Shooting

October 1508:25 AM
 

MANSFIELD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Mansfield ISD Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Cantu announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, changes implemented to enhance safety and security at schools.  “Our commitment as a district has been, and will continue to be, that every one of our students and staff members feel safe and secure when coming into our buildings,” Superintendent Cantu said in a letter to parents.  Four people were injured in a shooting at the school one week ago.  The suspect had been involved in a fight with another student when he got out a gun and shot the student and a teacher.  “With the events that transpired at Timberview High School last week, we have been taking an even closer look at our systems, analyzing what is working and assessing what needs to be improved upon,” Dr. Cantu said.    (14) view article  arw

‘He was quite a person’: McAllen ISD renames boardroom after Ricardo Chapa, longtime educator

October 1508:25 AM
 

McAllen school district leadership approved renaming their boardroom after Ricardo R. Chapa, a week after the former educator and war hero died and less than a day after he was buried. The board approved the naming to a fair sized crowd. For some in the room who had known or worked with Chapa during his years as an educator, it was clearly an emotional occasion. “Dr. Chapa was an exemplary individual,” Trustee Sam Saldivar said, choking up a little. He had met Chapa back in the 70s, when Saldivar was a freshman in high school. “A man of integrity, that was founded on his God, his faith and his country. And that says a lot about a person,” Saldivar added. “It says a lot.” Chapa packed a lot into his 91 years. A Mission native, he served in various branches of the military, as a personnel clerk, tank gunner and corporal, and was wounded in the Korean War as a Marine in 1951, earning a Purple Heart.    (14) view article  arw

Judge orders halt to Tennessee’s school voucher program

October 1508:25 AM
 

A Nashville judge ruled Monday that Tennessee’s school voucher law is unconstitutional and ordered the state to halt the controversial program before it starts this fall.  Chancellor Anne C. Martin said the legislature violated the state constitution last year when it passed an education savings account law that affects only students in Nashville and Memphis, where local officials have consistently opposed vouchers. view article  arw

Victoria I.S.D. partners with Graduation Alliance

October 1508:20 AM
 

Victoria I.S.D. recently partnered with Graduation Alliance. Both plan to help recover district students who are in danger of dropping out of school, have dropped out of school or are significantly behind in core subject classes. Through an online setting, the Graduation Alliance dropout recovery plan is a diploma completion recovery program provided for students. view article  arw

Trustee Dustin Marshall: Discover exciting programs and opportunities in Dallas ISD

October 1508:20 AM
 

Dallas ISD is home to more than 100 innovation programs. Our schools offer unique and exciting learning opportunities such as P-TECH, Career Institutes, STEAM/STEM, Hybrid, Dual Language, Single Gender, Montessori, Magnet, Talented & Gifted, IB and much more. Our goal is to become a district where every child can find a school that fits their unique interests, learning styles and future aspirations. view article  arw

La Vega ISD student, 14, dies after attempting to cross railroad tracks

October 1508:19 AM
 

The La Vega Independent School District is mourning the death of a ninth-grade student on Wednesday. The school district announced the student's death in a letter to parents, saying the tragic loss was reported that morning. The Bellmead Police Department said a 14-year-old La Vega student was struck by a train just after 8 a.m. view article  arw

Shortages of certain foods, products creating challenges for Fort Bend ISD food service, district says

October 1508:16 AM
 

SUGAR LAND, Texas – The Fort Bend Independent School District said a shortage of certain foods and products is creating challenges for its food service. “The meal’s nutritious. The meal’s free,” said Matt Antignolo, Director of Child Nutrition. “But it might not be what was originally advertised.” He said issues with the supply chain are to blame. “I spoke with our distributor sales rep that I deal with and he feels like it’s a lack of truck drivers to move the products from point A to point B and then also some warehouses or manufacturers just don’t have the people to manufacture the items needed,” Antignolo said. view article  arw