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Dallas ISD needs 150 bus drivers in addition to bus monitors. view article arw

There will be two Northside ISD job fairs to look out for next week: Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 19.  "We are currently looking to add some amazing people in our custodial, child nutrition and transportation departments," said Mark Rustan, director of human resources at Northside ISD. view article arw

Nacogdoches ISD has some news local parents may like. They have created a new position, one aimed to make getting information from the district easier. Parent's calls to their local school district can sometimes be frustrating. What's the correct number? view article arw

The Thrall ISD Board of Trustees approved an overall 3.5 percent general pay increase to all staff salary schedules for the 2018-19 school year. Starting salary for first year teachers increases to $37,500 and salary schedule steps for teachers were extended from 20 years to 25 years. The board also acknowledged increasing health insurance premium costs for district employees by approving an increase to the employer portion of the monthly contribution from $225 to $375. Additional compensation amounts were approved for teachers with master’s degrees and teachers with greater than 25 years experience. view article arw

El Campo ISD trustees are set to approve another round of hires for the 2018-2019 school year at a special meeting Thursday. Once the meeting is called to order, the board will go into closed session to consider hiring staff for various positions at three campuses, according to Superintendent Kelly Waters. view article arw

William Mader started his career at Sweeny High School 13 years ago with every intention of one day trading his red pen for a whistle. Mader, then a social studies teacher and coach, had plans to eventually end his career as a head baseball coach. However, marriage and fatherhood soon had him rethinking his path. view article arw

The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Dr. Mary Pugh as principal of Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. Pugh joins Rockwall ISD with 17 years of experience in public education, including most recently three years as an Assistant Principal at Wilson Elementary School, a Title I campus in Coppell ISD. In addition to her campus experience, she served four years in administration as a Curriculum Coordinator in Carroll ISD, as well as 10 years as an instructional specialist, librarian and educator in Irving ISD and Denton ISD. view article arw

SAISD is extremely proud to announce several new director hires in the district. Hestroverto “Nick” Martinez will be the new Director of Transportation. Mr. Martinez comes to San Angelo ISD from Edgewood ISD in San Antonio where he was the Senior Executive Director of Operations. In addition to his experience in school business leadership at three different Texas public school districts, Mr. Martinez also has an extensive background in the US Air Force where he served until 2014. He replaces Roger Garcia who retires after 37 years of service with SAISD. view article arw

It always amazes me how often campus operations and practices are left to chance. We hire staff and then hope that through luck and osmosis the new hires will know what to do.  There is a better way.  Implement a new hire induction program. Why? view article arw

The Alice Independent School District board recently approved a pay raise of $2,000 per year for each of the district's teachers.  It's a move the new superintendent says was at the top of his priority list. A teacher with no experience now starts at $40,000, while a teacher with more than 30 years experience earns $54,500. Educators in Alice are excited to hear the news. "It truly shows the commitment of the school district and the board and the community, and how much they value the teachers in our system and the education of their children," said teacher Nick Alvarado. view article arw

Changes proposed to the Klein ISD budget at the June 21 board of trustees meeting still stand, with the exception of one proposed budget cut related to employee benefits. At its July 9 meeting, the board discussed retaining its policy to pay retiring employees for unused sick and personal leave for the 2018-19 school year, which would reduce the proposed budget cuts by $300,000 to $36.6 million. view article arw

Ector County ISD Superintendent Tom Crowe announced several principal changes for the 2018-19 school year. Every year, retirements, resignations and other needs lead to an evaluation of campus leader’s strengths vs. individual campus needs, as administrators try to find the best fit for each school, Public Information Officer Mike Adkins said in an email. view article arw

Allen ISD has selected Tonya Jasenof as the new principal of Vaughan Elementary School. Jasenof has served as the assistant principal at Vaughan since 2010. Prior to joining Allen ISD, Jasenof served as an assistant principal at Lovejoy Elementary. She previously taught third grade in Highland Park ISD and Garland ISD. Jasenof earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and her master’s in educational administration from Texas A&M-Commerce. view article arw

Camellia Shamburger, of Belton, drove through a downpour to attend the Waco Independent School District job fair Tuesday afternoon. Her effort paid off. The teacher of 15 years left the fair with a new job as a first-grade teacher at South Waco Elementary School. view article arw

Travis County prosecutors plan to take a hit-and-run case in which an Austin school district police resource officer was investigated to a grand jury later this month to determine if any charges will be filed.  Assistant District Attorney Matthew Foye confirmed the development Tuesday. A woman was critically injured in the incident, which happened Feb. 9 in the parking lot of a South Austin Walmart. Police later released a video of the incident to help identify and find the driver. view article arw

There's a $20,000 difference in the average base salaries of employees who work at the highest-paying school district in Bexar County and the lowest, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. At all but four schools or districts in the county, employees were paid an average base salary of at least $40,000 in the 2017-2018 school year, the data showed. The highest paid employees were the two business services professionals at Great Hearts Texas, who received an average of more than $340,000 each. view article arw

Even before the recent string of school shootings, Maypearl ISD and the Maypearl Police Department had already initiated discussions of a districtwide police department. And now, the district is prepared to hire its first chief of police. The decision to move forward came after the district conducted a June 7 town hall meeting to gain vital feedback from the community about school safety. view article arw

Two College Station employees will take on director positions within the school district. Jeff Mann, who most recently was principal at A&M Consolidated Middle School, will be director of instruction and leadership development. Mann will replace Kelly Kovacs, who moved to the San Antonio area. Mann also has served as principal at Oakwood Intermediate School, He previously served at A&M Consolidated High School as assistant principal and as teacher and head athletic trainer. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD trustees hired a new fine arts director and an administrator announced that two campuses have enough teaching staff despite several vacancies Monday night.The board hired Annette Johnson as the district’s director of fine arts and University Interscholastic League academics. Johnson will succeed Mark Melton, who retired. Trustees considered filling the fine arts director position during a special meeting held last week, but the action was tabled. view article arw

Harlingen High School announced the death of assistant principal Doyle Todd. The school made the announcement on Facebook Sunday afternoon: It is with a heavy, heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our very own, Cardinal #5 - Mr. Doyle Todd.  view article arw

At the start of the 2018-19 school year, Frisco ISD will open four new schools, add new staff and increase teacher salaries. The FISD board of trustees adopted a $676.6 million budget at its June 11 meeting that will allocate funds for new campus personnel for the four new schools opening in August: Talley Elementary School, Liscano Elementary School, Lawler Middle School and Memorial High School. view article arw

The mission of the Human Capital Management Department is to support the learning environment by recruiting, hiring and retaining the best employees and providing exceptional service to all of our customers. Do you need information about employment with the district? Do you want to know more about the application process? Most often, you can get the information you are seeking by speaking with a staff member from a specific campus or department.  view article arw

Pasadena ISD trustees have unanimously approved pay increases for teachers, support staff and bus drivers for the 2018-19 school year. The raise for teachers, Pasadena ISD police officers, administrative staff members and paraprofessionals such as teachers’ aides equals a 3 percent increase of the midpoint of the salary range for each position. For first-year teachers, that means a starting salary of $53,140 for the 2018-19 school year, according to meeting documents. That’s up by $1,361 from the $51,779 paid first-year teachers during the 2017-18 school year, according to the district’s pay schedule. view article arw

A Smith County court rescheduled the trial date for a former Arp school counselor accused of having inappropriate relationships with students and sexually assaulting children. Barbara Lynn Orpineda, 32, appeared with her defense attorney in the 114th District Court for a plea docket agreement on Thursday. Orpineda's attorney filed a motion for continuance based on what he called a massive amount of discovery evidence presented to him by the state. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District’s teacher turnover rate is on the decline. Still, hundreds of Waco teachers will not be returning to their classrooms next school year. So far, 222 teachers who were in the district last school year have resigned or moved into non-teaching positions, Waco ISD Staffing Director Sue Pfleging said. Teacher retention is a problem nationwide, with 8 percent of teachers leaving the field annually, according to a 2016 report from the Learning Policy Institute. “We’re not in panic mode,” Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson said. view article arw

Pine Tree ISD board members will hear a human resources report Monday. Assistant Superintendent Valerie Baxter is set to present a report telling trustees about job vacancies and teacher contract offers. Baxter also will recommend personnel changes. view article arw

On June 20, a few weeks after Commerce ISD released students for the summer, about 10 fifth-grade students gather in teacher Cari Aaron’s classroom, playing math games on computers. Sitting cross-legged at a low table in the middle of the room, 11-year-old Adrian Hawkins hollers, “Get it! Get it!”, jabbing his index finger at 10-year-old Kyle Foster’s laptop screen. Kyle is frantically trying to drive his virtual car to extinguish ticking time bombs before they explode. To succeed, he has to enter the correct x and y coordinates. He doesn’t get there in time. “I got blown up,” Kyle says. view article arw

Fort Worth Independent School District recently hired a good man to be its new athletic director in Todd Vesely, whose first priority should be to watch his back. If he didn’t know it already, FWISD’s school board can be treacherous and Vesely should carry anti-viper vaccine with him at all times. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District trustees on Monday are expected to learn the final outcome from a committee established to study facilities. Scott McLean, associate superintendent for operations, and Cary Etter, chairman of the district's master facilities planning committee, are expected to make recommendations to the school board about whether to request a new bond for construction projects and improvements. view article arw

The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Dr. Mary Pugh as principal of Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Pugh joins Rockwall ISD with 17 years of experience in public education, including most recently three years as an Assistant Principal at Wilson Elementary School, a Title I campus in Coppell ISD. In addition to her campus experience, she served four years in administration as a Curriculum Coordinator in Carroll ISD, as well as 10 years as an instructional specialist, librarian and educator in Irving ISD and Denton ISD. view article arw

The Ore City ISD board of trustees will consider employment contracts for professional employees Monday. view article arw

For five years, Dr. Chad Barrett has walked the halls of Liberty High School greeting students, encouraging his faculty, and peeking behind the theatre doors to see what the drama class was working on, but at the end of July his journey at LHS comes to an end. “I had always planned on going back as an athletic trainer somewhere, but the opportunity never opened up,” Barrett explained. view article arw

Fort Worth schools are trying to edge out the competition for school bus drivers with a $500 bonus for new hires and incentive pay for drivers with perfect or "almost-perfect" attendance. The details of the district's plan were described in a website announcement titled: "Fort Worth ISD offers financial incentives to new and veteran school bus drivers." view article arw

Krista Boivie, a teacher at Frisco ISD’s Reedy High School, is one of 11 educators from across Texas honored in 2018 with the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. Each year, Humanities Texas presents awards recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching the humanities in Texas schools. view article arw

“Once a Hawk, always a Hawk,” explained the new Red Oak Middle School Principal Howard Gatewood shortly after it was announced he had been chosen to lead Red Oak Middle School. Gatewood returns to the district after he served as the assistant principal of Lamar High School since June 2016. He previously worked for three years as the assistant principal at Red Oak Middle School. “It feels tremendous to be back,” Gatewood expressed. view article arw