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Texas recruiters, sensing economic opportunity, are targeting Arizona teachers for jobs in the Lone Star State. A billboard bought by the Dallas Independent School District reads “Become a Teacher in Dallas, Texas” and offers a salary range of $60,000 to $102,000. The billboard is located near Interstate 17 and Glendale Avenue. Dallas ISD is hosting three job fairs this summer – two at schools in the district and one this past weekend at a Phoenix hotel, where their recruitment office conducted interviews. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The City View Independent School District will be providing counseling after the death of coach Bobby Morris. According to the district’s Facebook post, the district will have counselors on the high school campus on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Morris took his own life after allegations of wrongdoing were made on social media over the weekend. He was placed on administrative leave while authorities investigated the allegations. Superintendent Tony Bushong issued two statements during the day confirming the investigation but saying that formal complaints against the coach had not been received by the school or the school police. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — After a City View Independent School District coach took his life in the wake of misconduct allegations and an investigation from the school district, many former students are wondering what happens now. KFDX Reporter and Weekend Anchor Markeshia Jackson and Digital Reporter Joshua Hoggard spoke with two former students following the death of City View’s boy’s basketball coach Bobby Morris. Angel Rodriguez, a former student at City View High School, has been very vocal about accusations made against Morris, taking the claims to social media and giving a voice to the alleged victims. view article arw

Makayla Martin and Samantha Brothers are two former City View students who have come forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment under a former City View teacher Bob Morris. Morris died of a single gunshot wound at his home Monday night; officials have not confirmed if the death was a suicide. “We were best friends and to know that this was going on at the same time and we both could tell. Because we knew that each other were hurting but we never knew why and we were too afraid to tell each other,” Makayla Martin, former City View student said. view article arw

A City View ISD employee has been found dead following public allegations of misconduct. Bobby Morris was found dead on his property with a single gunshot wound at around 7 p.m. Monday, according to law enforcement. Officials would not confirm if it was suicide, citing the ongoing investigation. The death comes after allegations were made on social media over the weekend accusing Morris of misconduct. News Channel 6 spoke with three former students on Monday, all of whom alleged inappropriate behavior. The story is being withheld for the time being in light of this incident. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — An employee of the City View Independent School District is on leave as the district investigates allegations made against them on social media over the weekend. Tony Bushong, City View ISD Superintendent, said the employee has been placed on administrative paid leave until the investigation is complete. This comes after multiple allegations of inappropriate conduct were made on social media over the weekend of June 24, 25, and 26, 2022. In a Facebook post, multiple screenshots are shown from alleged victims giving their stories and details of inappropriate encounters with the employee. Bushong said in a statement sent to local media outlets the district is investigating the allegations the best way they can, but so far, it has proved to be challenging. view article arw

During the June 27, 2022, regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees, the district approved the appointment of three leadership positions: view article arw

The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees has approved the district’s budget this week for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.  The new DSISD budget of $101 million includes a $20 million recapture payment, which is a system of school finance implemented in 1993 by democrat Governor Ann Richards.  It takes local tax dollars paid into “property wealthy districts” and reallocates them to other districts around the state deemed to be more in need.  The new DSISD budget also includes nearly $67.5 million for payroll for more than 1,000 district employees.  The budget includes the following compensation plan: view article arw

Another two campus principals will not return for the 2022-23 school year, Midland ISD reported. Paul Hidalgo of Alamo Junior High and Andra Lancaster of Franks Elementary turned in their resignations, according to board meeting agenda documents. That brings the total number of principals that have turned in their resignations or retirements since April to eight. Those campuses also include Alamo Junior High, Henderson Elementary, Scharbauer Elementary, Parker Elementary, Washington STEM Academy and Bunche Elementary. The agenda for this past week’s meeting also showed another eight assistant principals turned in resignations or retirements in June. Those campuses represented include Parker Elementary, Lamar Elementary, Legacy High, San Jacinto Junior High, Yarbrough Elementary, Midland Freshman, Scharbauer Elementary and Bush Elementary. view article arw

PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) – Palestine ISD becomes the latest in a growing list of East Texas school districts to increase teacher salaries.  The 2022-2023 compensation plan, announced on Monday, includes salary increases, retention stipends and hiring incentives. District officials said that the changes are meant to support “our passionate educators to create successful students.” Under the new compensation plan, teachers will receive a starting salary of $40,000 with up to $1,500 in performance pay. All teachers and professional staff will receive a 3% salary increase. The district has pledged a $500 investment account contribution in the plan, and a $5,000 stipend will be awarded to some secondary core teachers. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — Canutillo Independent School District employees will be getting an additional four days of leave. In a unanimous vote, the CISD Board of Trustees voted to approve the extra days on Tuesday during an agenda meeting. "This is leave that is directly tied to mental health wellness and physical health as well," said Gustavo Reveles, spokesman for Canutillo ISD. view article arw

Nacogdoches ISD trustees approved financial incentive payments on June 21 for new classroom teachers and current non-administrative employees who bring in new teachers in hopes of alleviating its labor shortage. Deputy Superintendent Mike Martin presented a plan that would pay a $2,000 bonus to new classroom teachers who have earned a bachelor’s degree and passed the test for their content area. view article arw

Lufkin ISD has named Clarence Bennett as the new principal of ACE/DAEP, the district’s alternative school. Bennett has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University with a certification in mid-management. Bennett is currently serving as an assistant principal at Lufkin High School, a role he has filled since 2004. Before serving at LHS, he was an assistant principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler. He has also worked for Chapel Hill ISD and Jacksonville ISD. Bennett enjoys fishing, golfing and gardening in his leisure time. He and his wife, Benita Bennett, have three children, Clarence Jr., Malcolm and Valencia. Bennett plans to focus on students as a whole in his new role at the ACE/DAEP campus, he said. view article arw

In the month following the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, only a single officer from the Uvalde Police Department has departed the agency, city officials confirmed to the KSAT 12 Defenders. The officer, who was just shy of reaching four years of service with Uvalde PD, recently resigned to take a position with the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, where he previously worked. Uvalde PD, which Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records show has more than 50 officers, currently has two officer job openings, according to the city’s website. view article arw

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski announced new leadership roles for three district positions, according to a June 17 press release. Rahsan Smith will begin this summer as Katy ISD’s new assistant superintendent for elementary leadership and support; Greg Kraus is the new principal at Memorial Parkway Junior High School; and Kaye Williams is the new principal at Cinco Ranch High School, the press release said. Smith started as a third- and sixth-grade teacher in Houston ISD in August 2001. He joined Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center as a physical education teacher. In 2008, Smith taught at Fondren Middle School and was promoted to student behavior administrator. In October 2012, Smith transferred to KISD as assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High School. view article arw

HUMBLE, Texas -- Humble ISD trustees approved a roughly $589.6 million budget for the 2022-23 school year at their June 21 meeting. The approved budget includes 4% on-average pay raises for all staff members and $1,000 stipends for full-time auxiliary, child nutrition, custodial and transportation staff. Officials noted the approved budget includes roughly $589.7 million in revenue, leaving a surplus of around $98,000 heading into the upcoming school year. view article arw

The Galena Park ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2022- 2023 compensation package for district employees. The Board, Superintendent, and district administrators realize competitive compensation packages are important in attracting and retaining the very best staff possible. Some highlights of the district’s 2022-2023 compensation package include: view article arw

Austin ISD is hosting a job fair for different departments on Thursday. AISD said the departments of food service, maintenance and transportation are hiring. The departments hiring all offer: view article arw

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees signed off Monday night on its 2022-23 budget. The $101 million budget includes $67.5 million in payroll for more than 1,000 district employees. view article arw

Brenham ISD School Board met on Monday to approve a new principal for Brenham Elementary, a new assistant principal for Brenham Middle School, and to decide which architecture firm or firms to approve for projects that are yet to be determined. Steven Siemsglusz will be taking on the job as Principal at Brenham Elementary School fro the 2022-23 school year. The school board unanimously voted in favor of Siemsglusz, who will be moving over from Brenham Middle School, where he worked as an assistant principal. view article arw

After a month-long search for its new athletic director, the Sherman ISD has hired someone with success across the Texoma area. Jeff Cordell, who grew up in Pottsboro, became an all-American defensive back at Austin College and won a state championship at Gainesville, was introduced as the head of Sherman’s athletic department, stepping into an administration-only position following nearly a decade and a half run as a head football coach and an AD. “I grew up here, been in this area half my life. I’ve always followed the Bearcats,” said Cordell, who spent the past three years at Crane, a 3A school just south of Odessa. “This was a decision I couldn’t pass up.” Cordell replaces Bob Jones, who stepped down in late May to become the Executive Director of Athletics for the Galveston ISD, and his first day will be on Friday. Head softball coach and girls athletic coordinator Reeca Huntsman had served as the interim athletic director since June 3. He was one of six interviewed for the position with all having prior athletic director experience. view article arw

District employees will see pay increases under Friendswood ISD’s 2022-23 school year salary plan, which the board of trustees approved during its June 13 meeting. Starting teacher salaries, which includes teachers with a bachelor's degree and four or less years of experience, will now earn $56,807 in the 2022-23 school year after the 1% board-approved increase, according to FISD Public Information Officer Dayna Owen. view article arw

Mike Laird has worked in the Nederland Independent School District for decades. He most recently served as assistant superintendent for personnel & auxiliary services. The title is almost secondary, his colleagues say, for a man known for helping who will be dearly missed. view article arw

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — A City View coach who was placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate allegations of wrongdoing made on social media this weekend has died.  KFDX has confirmed through law enforcement authorities that Bobby Morris, Head Boys Basketball Coach at City View Junior/Senior High School took his own life Monday evening, June 27, 2022, at a home in Burkburnett.  Authorities were called to a residence in Burkburnett to conduct a welfare check on Morris after relatives became concerned over a potentially cryptic Facebook post, which as since been removed. view article arw

Humble ISD trustees at a special-called meeting June 27 approved an amendment to the district’s 2022-23 compensation plan that will raise starting teacher salaries from $61,500 to $62,100. During the 2021-22 school year, the average pay for teachers in Texas was $54,059, according to the Texas Association of School Boards. The amended compensation plan is coming less than a week after HISD trustees approved a roughly $589.6 million budget for the 2022-23 school year that included 4% on-average pay raises for all staff members as well as increased hourly wages for substitutes, guest teachers, child nutrition staff, special education paraprofessionals and bus drivers. view article arw

An international search for Spanish-speaking teachers for Port Arthur Independent School District has resulted in five new educators. The district worked with Global International Concepts, a firm out of Nashville, specially designed to recruit international teachers, said Adrienne Lott, media and communications specialist for PAISD. The teachers are recruited as part of a visiting international teacher program. The district needed educators to teach Spanish foreign language classes, and the new hires are going to be working with all students. Graduation requirements include at least two years of a foreign language. view article arw

Lewisville ISD has hired three new principals for Central and Garden Ridge Elementary, as well as Lewisville High School Killough. Here are Lewisville ISD’s three new principals: shaunna buck.jpg Shaunna Buck Shaunna Buck will be the new principal of Central Elementary. Buck currently serves as an assistant principal at Southridge Elementary, a position she has held for five years. “I am thrilled to join the Cowboy family as the new principal at Central Elementary,” Ms. Buck said. “I look forward to serving the students, staff, families and community while continuing to build a love for learning for the students at Central.” view article arw

The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees has invited the district’s top administrator to stick around another five years. The school board Thursday night approved a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Matthew Gutierrez After meeting behind closed doors for three hours, the board unanimously approved not only his contract extension through 2027 but also a four percent salary increase. view article arw

MISSION, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees announced they will be providing a pay increase for teachers and staff for the upcoming school year during their board meeting. The pay increase comes at a time that Mission High School teacher, Jose Escamilla, said is perfect. “This is like a relief with everything and the price of living increasing and things like that, it’s a really good relief for us,” said Escamilla. He said he and his colleagues knew there was an announcement coming up but they were happy to learn it was a $2,000 pay increase. view article arw

Coppell is currently working to fill 25 teaching positions before the start of the next school year.  In the midst of a nationwide staffing shortage, Coppell ISD, like other school districts, have had to fill vacancies to ensure students receive a quality education.  Kelly Mires, executive director of human resources, said district staff have attended various job fairs across Texas and neighboring states. Coppell ISD also hosted its own job fair to recruit local teachers. In addition, the district has posted job openings on various social media sites in addition to its own website, the Region 10 Educational Service Center website and other professional organization websites.   While the district has received several responses, according to Mires, it is putting plans in place to address any possible remaining vacancies. view article arw

Melissa Arnold has worked in Coppell ISD for almost the entirety of her educational career, which she began as an English teacher at Coppell High School in 2005. She taught English for eight years, which includes six years at CHS and two years in Florida, prior to becoming an assistant principal at CHS in 2013. Arnold was promoted to the position of Associate Principal for Learning and Teaching in 2017 and has served in that leadership role for five years. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts from New Mexico State University and her Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University. She and her husband, Blake, have a daughter, Makayla, and live in Coppell. view article arw

Jun. 24—Gainesville Independent School District needs teachers for the upcoming school year. "Nationwide and statewide, we are seeing a huge issue with hiring enough teachers for the next school year, and we're not immune to any of that," said Paula Moore, the director of human resources. "We're at the point that we're having to entertain any and all options when it comes to our classrooms," said Superintendent DesMontes Stewart. "Either we're going to have some large classes, or we're going to have to think outside the box to get a certified teacher in front of our kids." As of Monday, there were 25 teacher positions available with more to potentially open in the near future. view article arw

A teacher’s job is to educate the young people who will shape our future world. What profession could be more important? Yet a recent survey by Merrimack College shows that 44 percent of teachers indicate they are very likely or fairly likely to leave the profession within the next two years. Another 2022 survey by the National Education Association found that 90 percent of teachers think teacher burnout is a very serious or somewhat serious issue. Teachers have faced many challenges before, but the last three years have presented a steady stream of challenges, from a global pandemic to heart-wrenching events happening around our world and close to home. In order to proactively prevent further teacher burnout and demonstrate that we value our nation’s teachers, this is the time to ensure we are surrounding teachers with support at all levels–from within the classroom to our greater communities. view article arw

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Independent School District hired Thomas Lane as its first Director of Safety, Security, and Student Services, a brand new position approved by the school board. According to an LISD press release, Lane has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and public safety administration in Arizona in various state and federal agency positions, including the Arizona Highway Patrol Bureau and the Federal Highway Administration. view article arw

Employees in College Station ISD will receive a pay raise of at least of two percent during the next school year. CSISD board members passed a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting that also includes an additional raise if voters in November approve decreasing next year’s property tax rate by three cents instead of six cents. The proposed change in the tax rate is called “Voter Approved Tax Ratification Election or Voter Approved Tax Rate Election”, which is also known as VATRE. view article arw