As COVID-19 cases continue to climb both nationally and locally, the future of education and what the new schoolyear will look like is still up in the air.  "Schools have a lot of challenges finding capable personnel to mediate whatever circumstances may lay in front of them in the future," said Craig Douglas said.  Douglas, retired superintendent at Carrollton schools and retired Dean of Education at SVSU, says he knows one thing for certain, there will be a need for more employees, especially substitute teachers.  "Let’s say hypothetically I’m teaching mathematics and I end up testing positive, the health department will have guidelines for the schools that will guide them in treating me,” Douglas said. “Likely it will mean I’ll be on the "shelf," out of action for a period. It might be 10 or 14 days, whatever the incubation period is and that's assuming that I recover, and I bounce back fine. So, there's going to be a need for somebody to go in and take my math class over." view article arw

A former Temple ISD teacher was arrested for engaging in an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student. Former TISD teacher Jennifer Hoelscher, 35, was arrested Tuesday for engaging in an improper relationship with a 17-year-old Temple High School student. view article arw

Burks Elementary Principal Al Conley is among the 62 school leaders from across Texas selected as the 2020 cohort of educators to attend summer institutes at the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education sponsored by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen public education in Texas. view article arw

A Fort Bend Independent School District police officer is accused of shooting his wife during a domestic dispute at a home in southeast Houston, according to the Houston Police Department. The shooting was reported at 3:49 p.m. at a home in the 14200 block of Prosperity Ridge Drive. view article arw

Dr. Chris Miller will take over as Highland Park Middle School principal, as announced in a district newsletter.  Miller has been the principal of Blue Ridge High School since 2018. His career began in 1996 as a special education teacher in Dallas ISD, followed by 16 years at Highland Park Middle School. From 1999 to 2015, he served HPMS in a variety of roles including special education teacher, science teacher, head track and cross country coach, athletic coordinator, and principal intern.  view article arw

Texas AFT sent a letter today asking Governor Greg Abbott to waive Texas Education Code § 21.210(a) (which requires a teacher under a term contract to file a written resignation with the board of trustees no later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction of the following year to avoid penalty). view article arw

The CISD Board of Trustees approved three new hires for open leadership positions. Shana Owen was appointed to the Director of Special Programs, Aimee Kasprzyk was named as the Academic UIL and Fine Arts Director, and Gina Geeslin was approved as the new Assistant Principal at Fannin Elementary. view article arw

Faced with a potential budget shortfall of more than $3 million, staff at Eanes ISD will not receive any salary or benefit increases for the upcoming school year.  The board of trustees voted during a June 23 meeting to freeze salaries, stipends and supplemental pay rates in light of significant budgetary restrictions. EISD will continue monthly contributions to employees’ benefits plans.  This decision was made as a strategy to reduce the district’s overall expenses and to potentially preserve as many staff positions as possible, according to information from EISD.   view article arw

Some Dallas ISD teachers say they are concerned for the safety of students, themselves and family members if in-person learning resumes in the fall. Even with temperature checks, face masks, plexiglass and other measures, some educators say going back to class in a pandemic isn’t realistic. view article arw

ATHENS, Texas — School may not be in session, but that doesn't stop the good news from coming out of Athens Independent School District.  During Monday's school board meeting, Acting Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims recommended and the board approved a 3% raise to all district employees. The lone exception, bus drivers will see a 2% raise due to having received two salary increases during the previous school year.“We’re so pleased to be able to provide our employees with even a modest raise during these uncertain times,” said Sims. “Credit must be given to the fiscally conservative leadership of our CFO, Randy Jones, and the board of trustees.”Dr. Sims, herself, was also the subject of board action as trustees chose her as the lone finalist to hold the superintendent’s position. A 20-year veteran of AISD, Dr. Sims is also the first woman to hold the superintendent’s title for the district. view article arw

VICTORIA, Texas- A press release from the Victoria Independent School District announces Tammy Nobles has been named the Executive Director of Talent Acquisition, Support, and Retention for Victoria ISD.  Superintendent Dr. Quintin Shepherd announced the appointment, which was vacated when Clark Motley announced his resignation earlier this year. Nobles has led the Office of Student Services for the last ten years. “Words cannot express how blessed I feel to have served as the Director of Student Services, assisting and supporting VISD students and their families,” stated Nobles. “I now consider it both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve and support our outstanding VISD employees in my new role.” view article arw

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a compensation increase for employees for the 2020-21 school year.  Diana Sircar, chief financial officer of Coppell ISD, said while the economy has taken a downturn, it is important to give educators compensation.  “We don’t know what the financing of school districts will be in the coming years based on the economy and its downturn,” Sircar said. “However, the state of Texas and the Texas Education Agency gave no indication of reducing school financing for 2021.” view article arw

The Mission school district is increasing the salary of all employees come July 1 in an attempt to bring teaching and non-teaching staff up to market averages.  The new pay was approved by the board of trustees for teachers, auxiliary employees, instructional assistants, clerical, technical and administrative employees. view article arw

After 37 years with the district, Barbara Lazarine, assistant superintendent for education services and accountability, is retiring, and Shelly Slaton has been selected to be her successor. Lazarine said she is looking forward to spending time with her grandkids, who range in age from 1 to 17, and to being more spontaneous with her husband, who is also retired. She said there is a lot that she will miss about her time at the district and the many people she worked with.  “I loved every minute of it,” Lazarine said.  Slaton said she is looking forward to working with the great leadership throughout campuses and administration at Lufkin ISD in a different way than she has before.  “I’m going to learn so much from them,” Slaton said. “That’s how it works — they’re going to teach me more than I teach them, and I’m going to learn from their experiences and their leadership styles, and it’s going to make me better. We’re all on the same page, trying to get to the same place.”  She said she is also excited to work with students of varying grade levels and to study and utilize data relating to the district. view article arw

This belongs in the it’s-hard-to-make-up-this-stuff category.  Graciela Mohamedi is a physics teacher who was once a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in the military, she had two children and moved with them to England, where she earned a PhD in applied physics at Oxford University.  Mohamedi returned to the United States, where she did postdoctoral work and became a lecturer at Boston University. She started considering applying for tenure-track positions, but said she realized she loved teaching and became a physics teacher. Three years ago, while working in the Rockland School District in Massachusetts, she was recruited to teach physics in Brookline, a wealthy and liberal suburb of Boston. She accepted the job and teaches at Brookline High School (and still lectures at the university). view article arw

Magnolia ISD announced three new administrators at its June 8 school board meeting: a chief academic officer, executive director of teaching and learning, and an executive director of special services. view article arw

No one wants to live in old and outdated apartments. But unfortunately, that’s the housing situation many teachers are finding themselves in."Midland ISD saw a need to take some extra steps to help attract and retain teachers in our district," said Chief Communication Officer Elana Ladd. "When we acquired the apartment buildings, we knew that they were going to need some renovations." view article arw

Earlier this month, Mesquite ISD celebrated the years of service that Kahryn Bohling, assistant superintendent for business services, has dedicated to the district with a drive-by retirement ceremony.  According to the district website, Bohling began her career in Dallas ISD and Allen ISD before joining MISD, where she taught at Hanby Elementary. As principal, she opened Gray and Mackey elementaries and served as administrative officer of special education before assuming her most recent role. view article arw

A former Boyd High School assistant principal has been indicted by a Parker County grand jury on two felony counts, stemming from a fatality wreck earlier this year in Reno.  Kevin Scott Evans, 38, of Springtown was indicted June 16 in Weatherford for the second degree felony charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and a third degree felony charge of accident involving serious bodily injury.  Evans was arrested for intoxication manslaughter in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 following a hit-and-run accident earlier that evening involving a pickup and a pedestrian in the 4200 block of Texas 199 that killed Ernest Doniver Medley, 51, of Springtown. view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved 2020-21 salary increases for district staff at the regular June 22 meeting. All KISD staff will receive a 1% annual increase to their salary as well as a 1% annual lump sum payment in December for a total increase of 2%, according to the plan presented by Brian Schuss, KISD’s chief human resources officer.  Schuss says this equates to an approximately $660 increase to teachers’ annual salaries along with another $660 lump sum payment in December, for a total increase of $1,320 to teachers’ salaries. view article arw

MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Midland ISD is raising its starting pay for teachers and hourly salaries for some staff. Midland ISD’s Board of Trustees approved a budget for the upcoming school year in their meeting Monday evening that will allow for increased starting pay for teachers and increased minimum hourly pay for nonexempt staff in the district.  With this move, the district will pay starting teachers $56,500, which is a 5.6% increase from last year’s pay.  “We are proud to offer the most competitive teacher pay package in our region,” said Woodrow Bailey, Chief of Human Capital Management. “Compensation is a key component of attracting and retaining the best teaching talent, something we work year-round to achieve.”    (23) view article arw

(CEDAR HILL, TX) The Cedar Hill Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of two new members of the Superintendent’s Cabinet on Monday night.  CHISD Chief of Staff Janine Fields and CHISD Executive Director of Elementary Education Jill Vincent both join the District after working in leadership positions in Garland ISD, east of Dallas.  “We are very honored to welcome Janine Fields and Jill Vincent to Longhorn Nation,” CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said. “Both have been leading educators in their field, and I have no doubt that they will continue to assist in CHISD’s upward trajectory.” view article arw

Before he received full-ride scholarships to 20 schools and became a viral sensation for his accomplishments in 2018, Micheal Brown was an underclassman at Lamar High School carrying the weight of an appalling nickname: Ferguson.  Several students at Lamar began calling Brown that following the killing of a black teenager with a nearly identical name and same skin color by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. At the time, Brown didn’t fully grasp the racism and ignorance underpinning the nickname.  Today, Brown sees the episode as illustrative of longstanding racial issues at HISD’s second-largest and most diverse high school, where hundreds of students and alumni are calling for systemic changes. view article arw

Garland ISD recently announced new campus administration positions that have been approved including leaders for two Rowlett schools. Lindsey Young Lindsey Young will serve as the new principal of Stephens Elementary School, taking over for Jeffrey Waller.

Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees met in-person Monday evening for its monthly meeting. This was the first in-person meeting since the pandemic began. There, the trustees discussed a number of big-ticket items. One of the items up for discussion was teacher retention and retirement. Chief of Human Capital Management, Woodrow Bailey, says the district is cautiously optimistic. While the deadline for teachers to notify their retirement is still a few weeks out, 90% of needed teachers are filled as of now. This time last year, it was only 75%. Bailey attributes this improvement to better pay, benefits and school culture. view article arw

Midland ISD continues to be well behind last year’s pace when it comes to resignations and retirements.  The personnel report for June shows that the board will have the opportunity to approve more appointments for teachers and staff than the number of those leaving the district.  This appears to be good news for the district in terms of recruitment and retention. The report shows a combined 85 appointments for elementary and secondary schools in June. At the same time, there are 46 teacher and staff resignations and four retirements. That total is less than the total in May – 66 -- and brings the total number of resignations and retirements from March through June to 179 -- 153 resignations and 26 retirements. view article arw

A former special education teacher at Clint Junior High School is accused of making terroristic threats during a conversation with a co-worker. Sonia Hernandez, 28, was arrested on June 15 by El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies. A Clint Independent School District spokeswoman said Hernandez no longer works at the district. view article arw

Kingwood High School’s Director of Bands Destry Balch has been selected to be the Director of Fine Arts starting in the 2020-21 school year. In his new position he will be over all of fine arts, which include band, choir, orchestra, visual arts theater and dance. While elementary level courses include music and arts, middle and high school students choose their own electives. view article arw

As HISD prepares for the 2020-2021 school year, the district added new principals for one high school, two middle schools, and 13 elementary schools in June. view article arw

Lake Travis ISD officials approved salary adjustments for the 2020-21 school year during a June 17 virtual board meeting. Trustees unanimously approved a raise for all staff reflecting a 2% increase of their pay grade midpoint.  Each position within the district is structured with a minimum, midpoint and maximum salary or hourly rate, and the raise is factored based on each position's midpoint.  For teachers, this decision represents a raise of approximately $1,100, according to a June 17 letter from Superintendent Brad Lancaster. Adjustments for non-teachers will vary per position and pay grade. view article arw

TEXARKANA, Texas — Dewaski Davis was named Liberty-Eylau's athletic director and head football coach at the L-EISD School Board meeting on Thursday.  Last season, Davis served as assistant football and head basketball coach for the Leopards. Earlier this week he was named the interim AD and head football coach after the departure of Klint King. view article arw

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved Heather Stoner as the new director of operations and student safety June 15. view article arw

In its first in-person meeting since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Conroe ISD board of trustees approved cost-of-living raises for all its employees June 16, including a 3% pay increase for teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors.  A 3% increase in pay at the midpoint for existing teachers is a flat increase of $1,800. In addition to that, teachers with one to 14 years of experience get additional salary adjustments ranging from $100 to $900. Chief Financial Officer Darren Rice said these increases bring salaries above the Houston market median. view article arw

The Decatur ISD administration presented a plan to trustees for a 2.5 percent pay raise for employees Monday night The raises would cost the district approximately $605,000. Decatur ISD Chief Financial Officer Cindy Tatum expects the costs to be lower with the summer turnover and new teacher hires.  “You have to take a snapshot for a point in time, and this is a worst-case scenario. It’ll be less than that,” Tatum said.  Though the district is facing some unknowns in revenue as it awaits the certified tax roll from the Wise County Appraisal District, the compression of the tax rate by the state and uncertainty with the weighted average daily attendance, Tatum assured the trustees the added expense would fit into the budget. view article arw

WOW! - js - Lisa Bagley is one of 10 educators across the country who have been awarded the first-ever Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Award. Thousands of teachers around the country were eligible.  The $50,000 cash prize was recently awarded to the West Mesquite High School AP Environmental Science and computer science teacher.  Half of the money will go to the school and the other $25,000 in school supplies, including Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablets, classroom essentials from AmazonBasics, and additional items from Amazon Essentials. view article arw