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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - UISD named its new Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Emma Leza will now be taking on this new role in July. Leza is a twenty-six year veteran educator of United ISD. For the past nine years, she has served UISD as the Executive Director for Instructional Accountability. view article arw

Bart Rosebure has been named Plano Independent School District’s new Executive Director of Safety and Security. This news comes following the retirement of Rosebure’s predecessor, Joseph Parks. Rosebure is a former police officer who began his career as a teacher and coach, and previously worked as a security specialist with Plano ISD. “Safety is our top priority and Bart brings proven experience on the field and with school districts,” stated Plano ISD Chief Operations Officer Theresa Williams. “He also knows Plano ISD and brings strategic planning experience.” view article arw

Lake Travis ISD trustees approved compensation increases for the 2021-22 school year during a June 16 board meeting. All employees will receive a 2% increase off the midpoint salary, which varies based on position. Every position is structured with a minimum, midpoint and maximum salary or hourly rate, and the raise is factored based on each position's midpoint. This increase is on par with a majority of area school districts, according to Evalene Murphy, assistant superintendent for human resource services. Out of a selection of districts, over half are considering a 2% increase, Murphy said. view article arw

Shane Wright grew up in East Texas, and he knows the tradition of excellence and positive reputation of White Oak schools. Now, he has the chance to lead one.  Wright has been named White Oak ISD’s new intermediate school principal. He comes to White Oak from Harleton ISD, where he was the junior high principal for three years.  “White Oak has had a long tradition of excellence. Even back when I was a kid in public school, White Oak was always one of the premiere schools in East Texas, and it still is,” Wright said.  This fall will be his 29th year in education, Wright said. He was a high school math teacher for 13 of those years at Carthage, Hallsville and Harleton ISDs. view article arw

Dr. Analisa Farah has been working with elementary and middle school teachers on their lesson plans for the first 9 weeks of the fall semester.While most teachers and students are probably working on their summer tan, we did find some educators in Kingsville hard at work at school, already getting prepared for the fall semester. Kingsville ISD teachers were at HM King High School Wednesday getting prepared for the fall semester. Dr. Analisa Farah, the Director of Elementary Instruction, has been working with elementary and middle school teachers on their lesson plans for the first 9 weeks of the fall semester. view article arw

Corpus Christi ISD's Board of Trustees approved a 3% salary raise for all employees during a special meeting Thursday. The salary increases, totaling slightly over $9 million, will be funded starting the 2021-2022 school year. They take effect Sept. 1. Following a recent Texas Association of School Boards salary study, some employees also will receive payroll adjustments above the standard raise to ensure the district’s compensation remains competitive. view article arw

Tyler ISD launches a unique ad campaign to help hire dozens of bus drivers before the new school year begins. Catch the fun ads on the side of TISD school buses. view article arw

Friendswood ISD’s board of trustees approved a 1% salary increase for nearly all employees, as well as the approval of a new security system using bond funds, during its June 14 regular meeting. All district employees except transportation drivers, monitors, and driver supervisors will receive the increase for the 2021-22 school year. The salary plan for transportation staff—raising their hourly pay an additional $2, starting Feb. 15 and extending through the end of 2021-22—was approved at the board’s Feb. 8 regular meeting. view article arw

Cleburne ISD is in the process of searching for a new head coach to lead Lady Jacket softball moving forward. Earlier this week, Paul Chavez announced he was stepping down as head coach of Cleburne softball after four seasons. Chavez will continue to teach and coach cross country and track for Cleburne ISD. “I have been blowing and going for 29 years, often coaching two or three sports a year,” Chavez wrote in a post addressed to his softball players. “I just feel like it is time for me to slow down and coach cross country and the distance runners [in track].” view article arw

Thrall Coach Porter Passes Away

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The Thrall Spirit Tower will remain illuminated in purple the remainder of the week in honor of Coach Ricky Porter. He continues to be in our hearts. "Heaven gained one heck of a guardian angel (Tuesday)," Thrall principal Travis Dube said Wednesday. "We are all better people for having known coach Porter. He was a great God-fearing man and a friend to all who knew him. I have been preparing for this news for a while now and it has been much tougher than I anticipated."  Porter, who was battling cancer, was named Thrall's football coach and athletic director at a school board meeting on April 16, 2020. The Tigers were 5-6 in his only season with the team.  A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Thrall High School, 201 S. Bounds Street.  "I had known coach Porter the past five or six years and he was a great man," Thorndale football coach John Kovar said. "Whether it was at a football game or at a track, he was so positive when he talked to the kids. He would always tell coaching stories. He was the friendliest person to be around." view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — How much a teacher earns can have a lot to do with where they choose to work. With 24 school districts throughout the Coastal Bend, educators have a wide array of options. KRIS 6 News has compiled some of the major district's starting salaries. The Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD), which employs about 6,200 - making them the second-largest employer in the Corpus Christi area, starts its teachers at an annual salary of $50,255, according to the 2020-2021 teacher salary schedules. view article arw

Bonham ISD Board Goal #6 states that Bonham ISD will be excellent stewards of taxpayer funds in a transparent environment. In serving this function, we must respectfully object to the 2022 FCAD budget. Bonham ISD is responsible for a proportional share of the Fannin Central Appraisal District budget. This budget is proposed by the Chief Appraiser and approved by the FCAD Board of Directors. Each taxing entity served by FCAD is then required to pay a proportional share based off of the amount of taxes levied. The proposed FCAD 2022 budget will increase Bonham ISD's proportional share by over $300,000 since 2017. view article arw

Montgomery ISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison has announced changes to district leadership. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Courtney Dyer has been selected as the district’s Director of Community Services. In this role, Dyer will cultivate and promote positive partnerships between families, educators, and the community to ensure the district is improving student achievement by addressing the various non-academic and social and emotional needs of our students and families. She will serve as the district’s homeless and foster care liaison and coordinator of pregnancy-related services. Dyer will also oversee and coordinate services with campus counselors and lead the district’s mentor program. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a compensation plan that includes pay increases for all eligible employees and stipends for certain positions. The board split the compensation package into different motions, which all passed unanimously. Trustees approved a pay increase of 3 percent from the salary midpoint for all eligible employees. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved a salary increase, retention payment and more for district employees. The 3% salary increase is on the midpoint of the respective pay grade for all eligible employees, and the $500 retention payment is for all full-time staff and pro-rated for all part-time staff. view article arw

Bonham ISD Board Goal #6 states that Bonham ISD will be excellent stewards of taxpayer funds in a transparent environment. In serving this function, we must respectfully object to the 2022 FCAD budget. Bonham ISD is responsible for a proportional share of the Fannin Central Appraisal District budget. This budget is proposed by the Chief Appraiser and approved by the FCAD Board of Directors. Each taxing entity served by FCAD is then required to pay a proportional share based off of the amount of taxes levied. The proposed FCAD 2022 budget will increase Bonham ISD's proportional share by over $300,000 since 2017. view article arw

The Round Rock Independent School District officially named its next superintendent. Dr. Hafedh Azaiez was the school board’s sole finalist last month and will start his role as superintendent July 5. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - An overall decrease in funding has the Wichita Falls ISD making some tough decisions when it comes to balancing next year’s budget. One of those changes is how they’re going to use their police officers. The district will now have 10 school resource officers instead of 16, giving them a $42,000 savings. But, making those officers into district employees could bring about a bigger win. “If one walked in with a backpack, I wouldn’t know if he belonged to this school or if he goes to Old High,” said Lahoma Vaughn, WFISD police chief. “So that’s the whole purpose of having a full resource officer in the school is to know who belongs here, what’s going on.” view article arw

Houston:  HISD says the decision was made to better align staffing with a shorter calendar and reduced meal participation rates.  Food service attendant Sibyl D. Hunter loves working the cafeteria line at Worthing High School.  “I’ve been with Houston Independent School District for 16 years,” Hunter said.  But she said feeding her own family can be a struggle.  "It’s no joke living from paycheck to paycheck," said Hunter. "It’s not a joke.” view article arw

The Kermit ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to increase all salary schedules by a 3% cost of living adjustment. In addition to the 3% increase, staff will receive a pay step increase. Superintendent of Schools, Joe Lopez would like to "Thank" the KISD Board of Trustees for their commitment to retaining, recruiting, and recognizing the exemplary staff at Kermit Independent School District with this cost of living adjustment. read more arw

Trustees in Richardson ISD approved a minimum 2% pay raise for eligible employees as part of the district’s 2021-22 school year budget, which was adopted during the board's June 14 meeting. That raise will be increased by 0.25% for every five years of service full-time teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses and staff have completed, up to 3%. The approximate cost for the pay raise is just over $6.5 million, Chief Financial Officer David Pate said. Staff is projecting the upcoming year’s expenditures will total $382.1 million, a little more than a 1% decrease from the 2020-21 budget. General fund revenue is projected to decrease by less than 1% to $376.1 million. view article arw

Some Longview ISD staff members are set to receive a pay bump for the 2021-22 school year after the board approved raises at Monday night’s meeting. The pay increases apply to teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses. Other district employees, such as cafeteria workers, were not included in Monday’s board vote. However, the 2021-22 budget has not been finalized. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District wraps up the 2020-21 school year Friday, June 18, but one week later, school board members must approve an operating budget for the 2021-22. view article arw

A Dallas ISD employee has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony Mesquite Police said Tuesday, June 15. The Mesquite Police Department said officers arrested John Lentz 63, on Monday. view article arw

Katy ISD’s Mayde Creek High School Principal, Ronnie Edwards was appointed as the District’s new Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Support. view article arw

CANUTILLO, Texas (CBS4) — Canutillo Independent School District released its internal audit of the district police department Monday. Along with the release of the audit, Canutillo ISD Police Chief Carlos Carrillo announced his plans to retire. view article arw

Monday evening, Shallowater ISD officially announced the hiring of a new athletic director/football head coach for Shallowater High School. Rodney Vincent's hiring was approved by the Shallowater ISD Board of Trustees. Coach Vincent comes to Shallowater after previously serving as Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Head Coach for 13 years at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park ISD.  view article arw

Former Mayde Creek High School Principal Ronnie Edwards has been chosen to serve as Katy Independent School District’s new assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.  Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed Edwards on Monday, June 14, as Freda Creech is making plans to retire this summer.  “It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their first day of school up to the last day of their senior year,” Edwards said in a news release. view article arw

On Friday, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District announced three new principals for three campuses within the sprawling Eastside El Paso school District.  “In preparation for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, the Ysleta Independent School District is pleased to announce the appointment of new principals at three campuses, effective July 1,” officials shared via a news release  Laura “Judy” Calderon, current principal at Vista Hills Elementary School, has been selected to serve as interim principal at Ysleta High School. She began her career in education in 1999 as a teacher at Ysleta Middle School, and has also served as a school counselor, middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, and elementary school principal. view article arw

When planning for this year’s summer break, school districts face a dilemma. Students, in many instances, need extra help. Teachers, on the other hand, need rest.  “It’s been a very hectic year,” said Trachelle Dearmore, a prekindergarten teacher in Fort Worth. “We’ve had so many changes — teaching in-person, teaching virtual, some people doing a hybrid where they’re doing both. We’re tired.”  While thousands of teachers will continue to work through portions of their summer break, thousands more — including Dearmore — will not. Instead, they will take their — in some cases abbreviated — vacation breaks to “recharge their batteries.” view article arw

Laura Brown, veteran Pflugerville ISD teacher and administrator, has been selected as the new principal for Park Crest Middle School. District officials made the unanimous decision June 10, according to a news release from the district. “I am excited to welcome Ms. Brown to Park Crest Middle School,” PfISD Superintendent of Schools Douglas Killian said in the release. “I have faith that she will continue to build upon the great things already in place and help all of our Pumas to the next level.” Brown is an alumnus at Pflugerville High School, and information from the district states she has a bachelor's degree from McNeese State University and a master's degree from The University of Texas. view article arw

Custodian of the Year cleans up

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When Susana Magallanes was presented with the Ector County ISD Custodian of the Year Award, she was surprised. Odessa American sportswriter Chris Amaya translated for Magallanes, whose work keeps Dowling Elementary School sparkling. “She wasn’t aware of it, but whenever she got it … it was a beautiful surprise. She was surprised by it and she was really happy to get that award,” Amaya said on behalf of Magallanes. view article arw

Katy ISD has tapped Ronnie Edwards as the district’s new assistant superintendent for school leadership and support. Edwards has been principal of Mayde Creek High School for the past five years. “It is an honor for me to be part of a thriving school district where our goal is to ensure every student excels in a supportive academic environment, from their first day of school up to the last day of their senior year,” said Ronnie Edwards, assistant superintendent for school leadership and support, in a statement from the district. “As a former principal, I can relate with the struggles and strengths of campus leaders. I look forward to working with them and staff from across the district to ensure this growing school district continues providing an A+ education." view article arw

Lewisville ISD board of trustees approved raising employee salaries by 3% at the midpoint of their respective pay grade. The pay increase was one of six proposals involving employee pay that the board unanimously approved at its June 14 meeting. In addition to the pay raises, the board approved a one-time retention payment of $500 to all full-time district employees. Part-time employees will receive a pro-rated amount. The payment will go to those employed with the district on or before Sept. 1, 2021, with the payment to be made no later than Nov. 30, according to the district. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Houston ISD Board of Trustees approved a $2,500 pay raise for teachers Thursday night at its board meeting. Trustee Elizabeth Santos initially proposed a $5,000 pay raise for teachers, but the board later cut it in half before voting to approve    (10) view article arw