The Victoria School District Board approved Randall “Randy” S. Meyer as chief financial officer. Meyer will begin his role effective May 3. He is replacing Francis Koch, assistant superintendent of budget and finance, who is retiring. The chief financial officer directs the business office, which implements the application of sound financial management practices and controls, including financial reporting and analysis, cash flow, debt management, budget adjustments, and employee payroll. “We are excited to bring Randy into Team VISD,” said Superintendent Quintin Shepherd. “He has a track record of success, has a reputation of high integrity, and has a wonderful personality. We believe he will help us continue to foster a culture of continuous improvement in everything we do.” view article arw

A former Mercedes Independent School District employee was charged Wednesday with improper relationship between educator and student. David Bryan Reyes, 53, was charged with improper relationship between educator/student, a second-degree felony. Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Place 1 Jason Peña set bond at $250,000. In a news release sent out Wednesday afternoon, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said they learned of the incident last month after responding to a rural residence in Mercedes “in reference to a report of an improper relationship between an educator and a student.” view article arw

A former London ISD high school teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student talked to authorities at her home about the allegation before she was arrested, records show. Amber Prince, 41, was arrested March 29 on suspicion of a second-degree felony. That was the same day a sergeant with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office was informed that Prince was at her home and willing to be interviewed, according to a redacted probable cause statement obtained by the Caller-Times on Tuesday through an open records request. The sergeant went to Prince's home and she told him she was a high school teacher for London ISD and was having an inappropriate relationship with one of her students, the statement showed. Prince also agreed to go to the sheriff's office to continue the interview. view article arw

HUNTINGTON, Texas (KTRE) - Educators inspire many daily. That’s no different across East Texas school districts, including Huntington ISD, where one teacher is using her experience and knowledge to teach not only coursework, but also life lessons. Her name is Katy Arnold, and she says she loves teaching. “My main focus is English, but basically, I help my students in any course they’re working in whether it be chemistry, geometry, US history; any subject we have,” she said. view article arw

In just a couple of years, Andrews High School Director of Advanced Academics Krista Scott has created a powerhouse grow your own teacher program and helped make life a little more pleasant for her colleagues.  Her chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators had 14 of its 17 students this year qualify for national competition, formed a teacher academy and made life a little nicer for teachers on campus.  She had five students reach nationals last year, but the event was cancelled due to COVID. National competition was supposed to be in Florida this year, but it will be virtual instead. view article arw

A Garland ISD employee is on administrative leave after allegedly taking photos of a female elementary school student while she was in the restroom. The incident reportedly took place during the week of March 29 at Abbett Elementary, according to an email sent to parents on Thursday, April 1. view article arw

New principals for Plano Senior High School and McMillen High School were approved by the Plano ISD board of trustees April 6. Jeffrey Banner was named principal of Plano Senior High, and Todd Williams was chosen as the new principal for McMillen High. Banner is currently the principal at PISD’s Shepton High School, while Williams is currently associate principal at Plano West Senior High School. Both will take on their new positions for the 2021-22 school year. “Research tells us that the campus principal is a significant driver of student success on the campus in Plano ISD,” Assistant Superintendent for Employee Services Beth Brockman said. “These candidates demonstrate their commitment to excellence every day in their current positions.” view article arw

House Bill 256 would require school districts to implement workplace bullying policies. HOUSTON — Many Texas teachers are praising a proposed law regarding workplace bullying. It would require districts to specifically address bullying of teachers by parents. “I hear a lot of issues with bullying on campus,” Houston ISD teacher and Houston Federation of Teachers member Tracey Crawley said. She said she’s seen it first-hand when grades don’t go the way parents believe they should. view article arw

The Henderson County District Attorney’s Office has recused itself in the case against the bus driver accused in the death of an Athens ISD student. Jenny Palmer took over of John Franklin Stevens, 80, of the DA’s office in January. On Feb. 10, Palmer filed a motion to recuse, citing a conflict of interest. In the motion, she stated the attorney general’s office has agreed to prosecute the case. view article arw

The Lockhart ISD Board of Trustees at a special meeting on Monday voted unanimously to approve the hiring of additional staff for the 2021-2022 school year in an effort to support current enrollment numbers and conservative growth estimates.  The board granted the administration’s request of six additional elementary teachers and 5.5 teachers for Lockhart High School. view article arw

DONNA, Texas (KVEO) — As the final grading period of the school year approaches, Donna Independent School District is finalizing its plans for summer workshops to help students who have fallen behind due to the circumstances of the past year. view article arw

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX)- There are people who talk about making a change, and then there are the people who do it. Fabi Payton, a teacher at Sam Rayburn Intermediate School in Bryan, is one of those people. In addition to being a wife, a mom, and a full-time teacher, Fabi has worked hard to make her city a better place to live. Last year she created a non-profit called I Heart Bryan. One of her first projects was an event called Walk A Mile In My Shoes where citizens were paired with police officers to help grow relationships. In December, she worked again with law enforcement to help deliver Christmas meals and turkeys to more than 50 families. view article arw

The Carroll ISD board of trustees unanimously approved creating a new deputy superintendent position for the district during its Monday meeting. During the administrative services portion of the meeting, CISD Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter brought the agenda item to the board, saying he’s previously communicated the need for an additional deputy superintendent position. According to the job description, the deputy superintendent will supervise, evaluate and develop campus leadership throughout the district in collaboration with the superintendent. They will serve as the district’s liaison for its strategic plan and as superintendent in Dr. Ledbetter’s absence. The candidate will require a master’s degree and a valid Texas administrator’s certificate to apply, though a doctorate and superintendent certificate is preferred. They will also need to have previously served as a campus principal and ideally also as a central office administrator. view article arw

Diane Woods isn’t a textbook U.S. history teacher, in that she doesn’t use one in her Burnet High School classes. Woods wants her students to experience history from a number of perspectives, and the best way to do that is through primary sources: hearing the words of those who actually lived it. “I want them to get as many perspectives as possible about an issue or time,” she said. “History from all sides.” That different way of teaching is why Burnet Consolidated Independent School District selected Woods as Teacher of the Year for 2021-22. While studying the Civil Rights era, Woods teaches students about Martin Luther King Jr. and the other leaders of that time. She also wants them to learn about civil rights movements from someone their own age, so it’s relatable. view article arw

Diane Woods isn’t a textbook U.S. history teacher, in that she doesn’t use one in her Burnet High School classes. Woods wants her students to experience history from a number of perspectives, and the best way to do that is through primary sources: hearing the words of those who actually lived it. “I want them to get as many perspectives as possible about an issue or time,” she said. “History from all sides.” That different way of teaching is why Burnet Consolidated Independent School District selected Woods as Teacher of the Year for 2021-22. While studying the Civil Rights era, Woods teaches students about Martin Luther King Jr. and the other leaders of that time. She also wants them to learn about civil rights movements from someone their own age, so it’s relatable. view article arw

Dallas ISD is expanding an initiative called the Adjunct Teacher Dallas Residency Program to recruit more Latino male teachers. DISD has around 150,000 students and about 70% population is made up of Hispanic/Latino students. "All the research shows that if you have someone that looks like you, someone that you know you can relate to and talks like you and can understand you and maybe grew up, you know, in the same circumstances that you did, you have a higher rate of success," said DISD Deputy Chief of Human Capital Management, John Vega. "And so, the long, long term goal is for for our kids to obviously go to college and so that's why this is very important for us." view article arw

As the proud superintendent of Clarksville ISD and a 26-year veteran in public school education all in the great state of Texas, veteran educators such as myself often say or think we have likely seen it all. Yet nothing could have prepared us much for the highs and mostly lows of the 2020-21 school year. I reference the lows because kids belong in school, experiencing all the natural things associated with being in school, yet due largely to the pandemic and an odd winter week in February, this year has been choppy at best. view article arw

Not even a year into his new job as Taylor High’s head athletic trainer, Roderick Williams found himself guiding Mustangs athletics through a pandemic. Hired in the late spring of 2019, Williams, a Texas Tech graduate and formerly an assistant athletic trainer at Tomball Memorial and Pearland Dawson high schools, was tasked with the toughest challenge he may ever have to face in his career. But the Denison, Texas, native has done quite well, so much so that his program was the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Safe Sports School award in March, a recognition that highlights schools that have met recommended standards to improve safety in sports. view article arw

Three teachers are on paid administrative leave in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD after authorities say they used a test that included language about Asian Americans that was “derogatory and hurtful.” The district issued a statement on the matter Wednesday morning, and Superintendent John Chapman addressed the issue on a video message to parents Wednesday afternoon. He said the employees used inaccurate depictions of Asian Americans on a middle school social studies test. He said the district is investigating and said the actions of the three teachers don’t represent the district. “Our district cares deeply about all students and families,” Chapman said. “As educators we are dedicated to providing a respectful, caring and supportive environment for all staff and every stu view article arw

ALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Allen ISD announced Wednesday, March 31, former SMU head football coach Chad Morris is the new head coach of the Allen Eagles. “I am honored to join Allen ISD and the Allen Eagles football program,” Coach Morris said. “Allen High School is known throughout the state and nation for having a storied tradition of excellence in everything it does, and the football team is certainly included in that discussion. My roots run deep in Texas high school football, and I’m excited for the opportunity to get back to coaching young student-athletes and making an impression on their lives. As a coach, I’ll expect our students to work hard, but I want them to know that I care about their overall development as leaders both on and off the field. It’s my goal to establish a culture that can impact our student-athletes in a positive way, and I believe that will allow us to compete for championships on a consistent basis.” view article arw

Abilene Independent School District Superintendent David Young said on Wednesday afternoon Cooper High School's next band director will come to Abilene with some familiarity. John Landin, who currently directs Big Spring High School's marching band, was chosen to lead the Awesome Cooper Band starting next school year. "He and his wife are both graduates of McMurry University and love Abilene and are excited to get back," Young said during a Zoom conference call with reporters. "John is going to do an outstanding job." view article arw

A racist question about china on a sixth-grade social studies test led to the suspension of three teachers. The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD superintendent called the language inappropriate, disrespectful and said there was an investigation. But parents will have to decide for themselves whether he and the district are being transparent. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Every single campus in the Austin Independent School District will be restructured based on a new staffing formula, aimed at seeking equity and prioritizing the needs of students across Austin, the district’s Chief of Human Capital said. The introduction of the staffing formula occurred at an AISD Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month. But last Friday’s initial deadline to submit plans has allowed campus administrators to make early announcements to faculty and families. view article arw

CLYDE, TX- The Clyde Bulldogs have found their new head football coach. Clyde has hired Danny Dudgeon who was most recently the offensive coordinator at Abilene Cooper. Dudgeon was at Cooper for six seasons and was their OC the last 4. Under Dudgeon, the Cougars averaged 47.6 points per game for the 2020 season and 39.4 points per game the previous year. view article arw

If guilty, the offense would be a second degree felony and is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  On Monday, the Nueces County Sheriff Detectives arrested former London Independent School District teacher Amber Prince for allegedly having improper relations with a student.   Nueces County Sheriff JC Hooper told 3News that the London ISD police began an investigation last week and reached out to Nueces County for assistance with the case. view article arw

A Coppell ISD middle school teacher was arrested on Monday morning and is facing charges of improper relationship with a student. 32-year-old Mercedes Genevieve Coloso taught at Coppell Middle School North. The district fired Coloso shortly after her arrest and said she will not be allowed on any Coppell ISD campus or facility in the future. Investigators said the Coppell Police Department got a tip about the imporoper relationship last week, and after an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A beloved fine arts director at an Austin Independent School District academy has been cut, leaving parents worried about the future of additional music, choir and theater programming. Nicole Griffith, principal of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy, revealed to parents that the district is no longer funding the director position, previously held by Heather Ramsay, for the upcoming school year, citing a budget shortage. “We are indebted to Heather Ramsay and the hard work and dedication she has given to the McCallum Fine Arts Academy. She has poured her heart and soul into this work and it has meant a great deal to all of us,” Griffith wrote. “Her commitment to the academy and to the Fine Arts students will be missed.” Parents now wonder: if the director position at a magnet school can’t be funded anymore, how will other fine arts programs survive?    (29) view article arw

A Coppell ISD educator has been arrested after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Mercedes Genevieve Coloso, 32, was taken into custody Monday morning on charges of sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child and improper relationship between an educator and student. It was unclear whether she had an attorney. Coppell police said they became aware of the allegations Saturday. view article arw

Former London ISD high school teacher Amber Prince was arrested Monday for allegedly having an improper relationship with a student, according to the Nueces County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

Magnolia ISD nurses awarded $12,000 grant Magnolia Independent School District’s Nursing Department received a $12,000 grant from the Tomball Health Coalition, the district announced in a news release March 23. Since its inception in January of 2013, the Tomball Health Coalition has helped students and districts like Magnolia ISD by promoting the health and wellness of residents from Magnolia, Waller, Tomball and other surrounding communities via healthcare programs. view article arw

West Orange-Stark High School has an exemplary staff that changes lives every day. This week I am highlighting three teachers that help to make a difference. Luther Kent Irvin has been teaching with WOCCISD for four years and eight years in education. His background includes serving in the U.S. Air Force and a Bachelors’s degree from Lamar University in Beaumont, where he studied Applied Social Science. Mr. Irvin obtained his Masters of Science from the University of North Texas, where he studied Training & Development, Criminal Justice, and Applied Economics. He is married with four wonderful children and believes in the guiding principle, do unto others, as you would have others do unto you. view article arw

Klein ISD is pushing to find more substitute teachers as the number of qualified individuals dwindles amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Ruggerio, director of staffing and employee relations for KISD, said in an email that the district typically relies on a pool of retired educators, individuals from universities or higher education programs, or community members for substitutes. Ruggerio said the pandemic makes it difficult to keep fill rates high, referring to the percentage of teacher absences filled by substitutes. KISD declined to answer how many substitutes it needs, saying it varies. “We recognize that a number of our substitutes are retired and many have been cautious about returning to campuses due to the pandemic,” he said. “We hope that as COVID[-19] cases begin to decline and with the availability of the vaccines, we will see them return to our campuses.” view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 100 Austin Independent School District staff and employees who filed a grievance against their employer will get one more shot at retribution Thursday night during the final stage of the grievance process. In December, 127 teachers and staff filed grievances against AISD after they were denied medical accommodations to work from home for the spring semester. By the end of January, more than 25 had been resolved in stage 1 and stage 2 of the grievance process, when arguments were made in front of the principals and superintendent, respectively. Thursday will mark the third and final stage of the process, when the lawyer representing the employees will make an oral argument to the board of trustees. The trustees are then expected to confer behind closed doors with its legal representation before passing down a final judgement. view article arw

Cassie Dowden has been sentenced by a judge Wednesday after pleading guilty to having sex with a teenager in the school district where she was employed. Dowden has been sentenced to 10 years adjudicated, a $10,000 fine, $7,000 probated. She will be required to attend counseling. She must go to jail Wednesday through Sunday this week, plus 30 more days in the Gregg County Jail. She is required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous for five years. She will have to do community service. She will have another hearing in a year, the judge stated. view article arw

Killeen ISD is laying the groundwork for a new teacher incentive program. The Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) offers teachers an extra $3,000 or more per year for teachers that meet certain criteria. The funding is part of House Bill 3 passed by state lawmakers last session; but with the current budget shortfall, some teachers are concerned that the program could be cut. The teachers will need to meet certain achievements and criteria to qualify, including teaching at a “high needs campus,” one with lower socioeconomic status or that’s considered rural. view article arw