With the last day of school officially in the books, Denton ISD officials are playing the familiar principal shuffle as they look at campus leadership for the new school year. McMath Middle School, along with Borman and Adkins elementaries, will see some familiar district faces at the helm next year. Meanwhile, Myers Middle School will welcome a new face to Denton ISD. James Whitfield will take over for Angela Ricks at Myers. Ricks was recently promoted to the district’s director of student and campus support services. view article arw

Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) announced Thursday the appointment of Jeffrey Brown as the new principal of Flower Mound 9th Grade Campus (FM9). Brown currently serves as an assistant principal at Flower Mound High School (FMHS), a position he has held since 2012. view article arw

A former teacher's aide is charged with improper relationship with a student after police detectives say she became intimately involved with an 18-year-old Texas City High School student. view article arw

State Sen. Jose Menendez said he's looking to clear the air after allegations of teachers being targeted for mass terminations at the San Antonio Independent School District. "You know there's an old saying, 'You can trust, but you must verify,'" said Menendez, a Democrat representing District 26, which includes parts of San Antonio. In a May 17 letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, Menendez requests "an immediate comprehensive investigation and sanctions as appropriate, of SAISD practices related to the current year's appraisals and/or evaluations, which resulted in the resignation and termination of 132 teachers." view article arw

Corpus Christi ISD's former chief administrative officer, who CCISD officials said was placed on administrative leave earlier this month, was hired by the Gregory-Portland ISD. Superintendent Paul Clore said Brigitte Clark was hired during Monday's board meeting as the district's chief financial officer. Clark, who was hired by Corpus Christi ISD in July 2016, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  view article arw

Employees at Navarro ISD are expected to see a few more dollars in their wallets this school year. The Navarro School Board unanimously voted to adopt a new salary schedule for 2018-2019, which includes a $1,400 pay raise for all continuing teachers and a 3 percent general pay increase (GPI) for other employees during a Monday night meeting. view article arw

An elementary school counselor has now been indicted after she allegedly had a relationship with a student. Barbara Orpineda, 32, of Arp, was indicted in the 241st Judicial District Court of Smith County. Orpineda is charged with improper relationship between educator/student and sexual assault of a child. view article arw

Stacy Bailey has been employed as an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School for a decade, but she hasn’t been in the classroom since September. Instead, she’s in limbo: She isn’t fired — her contract with the district has even been renewed — but she’s not working. Mansfield ISD in North Texas put Bailey on paid administrative leave at the start of this school year, following complaints from a parent that she was “promoting the ‘homosexual agenda’” by showing her class a photo of her and her now-wife, Julie Vazquez, as well as mentioning that the artist Jasper Johns had a partner, another artist Robert Rauschenberg, Bailey claims in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month. view article arw

The Board of Trustees for Corsicana ISD approved the hiring of three new principals for campuses around Corsicana. All three newly appointed principals have years of experience in leadership with CISD. “I am very pleased with the Board’s approval of these CISD leaders,” said Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost. “All three of these principals have proven their commitment and understanding of the CISD culture and work-ethic surrounding student success.” view article arw

Over the course of 30-plus years coaching in Hays CISD, Gary Gaddy and Mitch Phillips have seen their fair share of what public education has to offer. Amid the highest of highs and otherwise, Gaddy and Phillips have always welcomed the opportunity to guide and develop the next generation of athletes. view article arw

According to court records, Barbera Lynn Orpineda, 32, a former Arp ISD employee, was indicted on Wednesday for improper relationship between a student and educator. view article arw

Campus administrators broke state law by changing student grades and engaged in other forms of records manipulation at Houston ISD’s Furr High School, where revered principal Bertie Simmons has been in charge for nearly two decades, district officials said Tuesday.  Although HISD officials did not implicate Simmons on Tuesday, the findings appear to spell an ignominious end to her five-decade career in HISD. Simmons’ lawyer said Tuesday that his client has been notified her employment in HISD will soon end. Simmons has been on administrative leave since last October. view article arw

Earlier this week the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved former principal Dr. Brian Merrell for the new executive director of school leadership position. Merrell, who served as principal of Waller High School for the last nine years, will be responsible for the primary role of supervising and supporting campus administrators and staff in Bryan ISD and will report directly to the superintendent. view article arw

About 150 teachers in the Fort Worth ISD are ending the school year with a lot of uncertainty. They've been told they still have a job but not at their current campus, and it could be months before they learn where they're headed. It's all because the district has too many teachers in certain positions, at certain schools. That may seem confusing, because NBC 5 recently reported that Fort Worth ISD is actively recruiting out of state. view article arw

Two principals in Robinson ISD were recognized by the Raise Your Hands Texas to attend Harvard Leadership Institutes this summer. Kati Dietzman, Robinson Elementary principal, is going to the leadership institute for the second time this summer. view article arw

At their May meeting, the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees named the new Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and the next principal of Hauke High School. Dr. John Williams, current assistant principal at the Conroe High School Ninth Grade Campus, was named the new principal of Hauke High School. In addressing the Board, Dr. Williams stated, "Thank you all for the opportunity to serve as principal of Hauke High School. I am truly humbled by the confidence that you’ve placed in me and I will endeavor to continue building on the progress and success that Mrs. Nicolini and others have started before me.” view article arw

Marshall ISD trustees on Monday approved an increased budget that will be used for the construction of a new press box at Maverick Stadium, as well as pay incentives for teachers and administrators at one of the district’s elementary campuses. Trustees on Monday approved a deductive change order in the amount of $550,000 to cover the construction of the new press box at Maverick Stadium, as part of the ongoing renovations at Marshall High School. view article arw

A former coach and teacher for Slaton ISD was taken into custody by Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The district says they are "fully cooperating with law enforcement in an investigation of former employee Dustin Leonard where he worked as a high school teacher and boys coach for two years." view article arw

Teachers, nurses and librarians in the Boerne Independent School District are getting a 3 percent raise next school year. District officials say they can afford to give staff raises because enrollment is increasing. view article arw

Hutto ISD on May 16 announced Henry Gideon as the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Operations. Gideon’s duties at Hutto ISD will include facilities and maintenance oversight, real property and land use planning, strategic planning and more. The new assistant superintendent most recently worked as Chief Operations Officer at Boerne ISD. Previous to his role at Boerne ISD, Gideon spent 24 years at Bastrop ISD in a variety of roles. (This is a part of a larger article) view article arw

Following a public comment section where students and parents spoke positively about the principal and her impact at Legacy Early College High School , the board went into closed session to discuss the proposal. When the board returned, members unanimously voted to consider firing Kelly at a future hearing. view article arw

BOERNE, Tx - The Boerne Independent School District approved a salary increase to its teachers and staff during a regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday night. excited to announce our teachers, nurses and librarians are receiving a 3 percent raise for the upcoming school year,” Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr. Elaine Howard said. “In addition, all other employees are receiving a 2 percent increase." view article arw

A Houston police captain said Officer John Barnes is doing a lot better after he was shot in the arm during a deadly school shooting in Santa Fe. His family is optimistic about his recovery after his heroic acts at Santa Fe High School. Barnes condition is now stable. He is resting at Jennie Sealy Hospital. view article arw

A school resource officer who was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at a northern Illinois high school received a standing ovation as he led students into their graduation ceremony. Officer Mark Dallas’ 18-year-old son, Josh, was among the Dixon High School students forced to run for their lives during the shooting Wednesday. view article arw

“We appreciate our teachers and employees and we wanted to give them a compensation package that matches their commitment to our students and community,” said Superintendent Pedro Galaviz. “We know we have to compete for employees, and I feel this is giving Canutillo an edge over other districts in the region.” view article arw

Regional Executive Chef Paul Sottile works for Chartwells K12 food service and talks about careers in the industry with students in the culinary arts course at the Wichita Falls ISD Career Education Center. view article arw

The Weinert Elementary School principal is set to have a hearing with the Seguin ISD board that could decide the proposed non-renewal of her contract. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at Central Office, 1221 E. Kingsbury to host an appeal hearing to discuss the renewal of Brandi Bell-Wiatrek’s contract. view article arw

Bridgeport ISD trustees named Mallory Marr the new principal of Bridgeport Intermediate School Monday night. Marr, the assistant principal at the middle school, will take over from Rita Lemoine, who is retiring this summer. Marr has worked for Bridgeport ISD since 2013 as an English teacher, coach and ESL campus coordinator. She became interim assistant principal at Bridgeport Middle School in 2015 and assistant principal in 2016. view article arw

A former Lubbock Independent School District police officer, Tommy Williams, has filed a lawsuit alleging LISD police officials forced him to issue citations and arrest people unlawfully. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, alleges Jody Scifres, LISD chief of police, and Darren Walters, a supervising Lieutenant with LISD, pressured Williams to write tickets and arrest students, and adults, on the campus. Williams is suing LISD and Scifres for no less than $100,000. view article arw

The Beaumont Foundation honors several educators in our area. Educators who received the foundation's Newton Excellence in Education Award include: from Frenship ISD Brianne Katilus, at its ninth grade center and Honey Segrist at Bennett Elementary; From Shallowater ISD, Kindrea longway; and from Lubbock ISD, Marti Sides at Parsons Elementary, Elgin Gregg from Smylie Wilson and Kay Geiger from Lubbock High. Each awardee receives a $10,000 bonus from the foundation. view article arw

Leander ISD employees could see a 2 percent increase in their pay next academic year as trustees mulled the idea during a recent board meeting. At their May 17 meeting, the district board of trustees reviewed the district's annual compensation study recommending a 2 percent raise for LISD employees, approved the use of unassigned epinephrine on campuses for student health emergencies and considered recommendations to expand programming. view article arw

Lufkin ISD announced the change of seven administration positions for the 2018-19 school year at its Board of Trustees meeting   Thursday night.Lufkin High School Principal Kurt Stephens will take a newly created position as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Brandon Elementary School Principal Brandon Boyd will take Stephens’ place as the LHS principal.  ACE Alternative School Principal Mark Keith will take Boyd’s position as Brandon Elementary School principal, and his position at ACE is currently vacant.  Kurth Primary School Assistant Principal Cheree Hall will become the Garrett Primary School principal, and her position at Kurth is currently vacant.  Slack Elementary Principal Danny Whisenant will become the Lufkin Middle School associate principal, and his position will be filled by Slack Assistant Principal Yaneth Clifton. Clifton’s position as Slack assistant principal is currently vacant. Charlotte Davis also will be taking the Early College High School principal position. view article arw

A Donna ISD Principal and a Curriculum Specialist are on paid administrative leave Thursday morning in regards to “personnel issue.” We’re told this involves staff from Garza Elementary. At this point, it is unclear as to the exact reasons why the principal and curriculum specialist have been placed on leave. view article arw

This time of year is always busy for our human resources department. Much like the real estate market and the weather in Central Texas, things heat up in the late spring and early summer as families make important decisions about where to live and work. Leander ISD will add approximately 1,000 new students every year for the immediate future, as we continue to be a destination district for families. In planning for new staffing positions for next school year, the district prioritized our students and teachers first by working to lower class size ratios – specifically in fifth grade – and add additional assistant principals at our three largest elementary schools.  view article arw

After the Florida school shooting, a local leading architecture firm is bringing safety and security experts from all over the region to the table to make sure their designs are truly working to keep students safe. This firm says its goal is to design with intention, and when it comes to school safety, they say it makes sense to bring the best of the best together to answer parents' concerns. "[Safety in schools is] just something that every parent gets concerned about. Especially safety with our kids. It's something we're concerned about especially now," said Janet Ortega, whose daughter goes to Barrington Place Elementary School. view article arw