After the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees reconvened from a recent closed session, they approved the personnel report that included the hiring of a new chief financial officer. Red Oak ISD Superintendent Michael Goddard announced the hiring of William Johnston to replace retiring chief financial officer, Vickie Benbow. The board unanimously approved the hire at the Nov.12 meeting. Benbow will retire after she served more than 23 years in Texas public education, the last six as ROISD CFO. Prior to Red Oak, she worked in finance in several Texas districts including Rockwall and Allen ISDs, and as a CPA auditor for several years. Benbow has served on the Texas Skyward User Group Steering Committee and is a Registered Texas School Business Administrator through. view article arw

A replacement for a former Muenster High School teacher who is under investigation by the Texas Rangers could be named soon. Muenster Junior High and High School Principal John York told members of the Muenster Independent School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Nov. 14 that district officials have interviewed three people for the family and consumer sciences position and have “narrowed it to two.” “I don’t think we can go wrong with either one of them,” York said. view article arw

Two Mesquite ISD elementary teachers were recently named November’s Apple Corps teachers during the Nov. 12 Board of Trustees’ meeting. This is the district’s highest recognition. Mesquite ISD’s Apple Corps program rewards excellence in teaching by honoring outstanding MISD teachers. Created in January 1990, this honorary program inducts two new teachers each month at the regular meeting of the district's Board of Trustees. These excellent educators are nominated by their peers and approved by administration. The elite group enjoys many forms of public recognition and appreciation each year. view article arw

While some Longview-area school districts again are dishing out extra pay to reward staff members’ experience and performance, at least one is awarding payouts for the first time. view article arw

Brownwood ISD gave a $500 surprise to every employee to kick off the Thanksgiving holidays “BISD continues to look for ways to support staff and show appreciation," said Superintendent Dr. Joe Young. "With that being said, here is a small token. Today every BISD employee is going to be given a $500 retention incentive. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all you do.” view article arw

Christmas came early for staffmembers in what was a well-organized, carefully guarded surprise that took place, all at the same time, across the Royse City Independent School District. The North Texas school district wanted to give a big thank you to its employees, for their year-round dedication, and they did it with cold, hard cash. view article arw

A Fort Worth family wants answers and an apology after they claim a high school assistant coach directed a racial slur at their child, who plays for the team, during a playoff game last Friday. The O.D. Wyatt High School athletic department is looking into the allegation, according to a Fort Worth ISD spokesperson. view article arw

Beginning Jan. 6, 2019, La Creasha Stille will return to Gainesville to serve as Gainesville Independent School District’s new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “I cannot wait to get started, to be back home,” Stille, a graduate of Gainesville High School, said. “To make that full circle knowing my education started here and I get to end here. So I’m very excited about getting here and boots on the ground for the kids of GISD.” On Monday, Nov. 12, members of the Gainesville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire Stille. Board secretary Phil Neelley was absent. view article arw

Prompted by state-mandated recapture payments and lower than projected enrollment growth, the Montgomery ISD school board unanimously approved a hiring freeze Tuesday night. Enrollment growth has not met projections over the past couple of years while the district's property appraisals have continued to rise, including by 11 percent in 2016. The district budget for 2016-17 was around $91 million, including the general fund, child nutrition and debt service. Enrollment, based on 2 percent growth projections, was supposed to be 8,400. However, it sat at 8,276 as of May 1, 2017. view article arw

A Brownsboro ISD employee has been charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student. According to Henderson County jail records, Lindsey Nation, 31, of Chandler was arrested by Brownsboro ISD police on Nov. 14. Records show she was booked into the Henderson County jail and charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student. Nation later posted a $25,000 bond. view article arw

Laredo ISD teachers get new laptops

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Christmas came early for Laredo ISD teachers as they received new laptops. The district is providing about one-thousand teachers with a new state-of-the-art laptop. view article arw

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees on Friday approved budget amendments to include a 3 percent midpoint salary increase for all teachers and staff.  view article arw

Board members for Longview ISD approved $900,000 in performance-based incentive pay for teachers Monday night. The Longview Incentive for Teachers program, or LIFT, rewards schools and full-time staff members for earning State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness recognitions and showing academic growth among economically disadvantaged students. view article arw

Rachel Piatt loves Starbucks and Chick-fil-A, but her first love is the classroom and the young students who fill it. Piatt was recently selected as the Good Morning Texas Care Now “Teacher of the Month” for October. The organization honored Piatt for her dedication and care she has for her students. Always having a desire to teach, Piatt said she can’t imagine doing anything else. When she’s not in the classroom, Piatt loves crafting and spending time with her fiancé. view article arw

When it comes to job titles, Principal Dr. Adreana Davis of Guzick Elementary School believes that it shouldn't limit what you can and can't do in the workplace. view article arw

The Longview ISD board of trustees on Monday will consider the payout of teacher incentives for academic performance.  The Longview Incentive for Teachers program, or LIFT, rewards schools and full-time staff members for earning State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness recognition and fostering academic growth among economically disadvantaged students.  Board Secretary Chris Mack projected in June that LIFT will cost the district $1.4 million. The district awarded teachers $1 million through LIFT and nearly $360,000 through other incentive programs in December. view article arw

A Lufkin ISD Principal has resigned over a comment he about illegal immigration on social media. view article arw

It’s been quite a month for Susan Jones, debate and computer science teacher at Midway High School. Jones, who has worked at Midway since 2011, was announced as a national-level educator in both computer science and debate in the span of a month. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) recognized Jones, alongside 39 exemplary teachers, at its national conference recently for efforts to empower and inspire students. view article arw

ROSENBERG, Texas - A local middle school teacher attempted suicide inside a classroom while school was in session on Monday, according to Lamar CISD.  Jordan Halane, a Fine Arts teacher at Wessendorff Middle School, was found unconscious in his classroom by another staff member.  The school's principal, Sonya Sanzo, sent a letter out to parents on Monday detailing what happened. view article arw

A former North Hopkins ISD employee was arrested and charged with improper relationship between and educator and a student. According to a press release from the district, Janie Perez was arrested following an investigation into allegations that she was communicating with a student "through electronic media in violation of NHISD policies and regulations.” view article arw

A Conroe ISD bus driver was busted Tuesday on child porn charges. Raymond Guzman, 32, admitted to downloading and viewing child porn files, according to Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman. Investigators found no evidence that any Conroe ISD students were victims of Guzman, according to the district. view article arw

After three-plus decades in education, Dripping Springs High Principal Joe Burns is opting to retire at the end of the school year, according to a press release. Burns, who has served as the Dripping Springs High principal since 2012, had previously worked as DSISD’s Curriculum Coordinator for two years. He started his career in DSISD as a counselor, then assistant principal at Dripping Springs High. During Burns’ tenure, Dripping Springs High has expanded opportunities for students during a time of extensive enrollment growth, according to the release. view article arw

The Middleton School District announced that it will reinstate the employees involved in last week’s Halloween costume controversy following an investigation. In a statement posted to the district’s website Wednesday, Superintendent Josh Middleton wrote that “our focus is now one of healing with an opportunity for all of us to grow together as a community.” view article arw

While playing the piano and organ, Jeremy Bowen dutifully followed the chosen traditional selections every Sunday at First Christian Church in Granbury. Then came the offertory, the time when one member said Bowen, got to play his rock and roll. “Everybody would applaud,” close friend Alexandria Smith said Monday. “Even if they had heard the piece before they were just in awe of it. He would kind of turn and say… thanks.”The church piano will never sound the same again ministers said, after Bowen and his girlfriend Ashley Morrison died early Sunday in a one vehicle crash off I-20 west of Weatherford. view article arw

What were they thinking?-js -   Fourteen staff members employed by an Idaho school district have been placed on administrative leave after donning controversial costumes.  On Friday, photos of Middleton Heights Elementary staff wearing Halloween costumes depicting a border wall that read “Make America Great Again,” along with other teachers dressed in stereotypical Mexican outfits, surfaced on social media.  The photos, which were initially posted on the school district’s Facebook page on Thursday night, caused outrage, but have since been deleted. view article arw

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Debbie Gillespie of Frisco ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 10, position A. Gillespie has been on the Frisco ISD Board since 2011 and is the board secretary. With a degree from Southwest Texas State University, Gillespie worked in interior design and fashion merchandising before accepting a job at Dell Corporation, where she worked in customer service, configuration management, and policy and procedures. Upon moving to Frisco with her family in 1995, she became a stay-at-home mom and an active community volunteer. view article arw

Fourteen staff members at an Idaho school district who donned caricatured outfits depicting Mexican people and a border wall emblazoned with "Make America Great Again" have been placed on paid administrative leave. Middleton School District Superintendent Josh Middleton announced the decision Saturday at a special school board meeting. After the announcement, the board went into executive session, which is not open to the public. Board Chairman Tim Winkle says the costumes were part of a team building activity after school hours. view article arw

When you step into Angelica Nino’s third grade-classroom at De Zavala Elementary on the West Side you’ll notice two things: students excited about learning math and a teacher dedicated to helping them. Music, technology, and teamwork are all part of Nino’s curriculum, but one word is a main focus in her classroom – the word "yet." view article arw

There are a multitude of concerns and pursuits that we can choose to invest our lives in. Some of them endure. Some quickly fade away. But, what we do with the time that we have matters, and the life of Mildred Bennett serves as a poignant reminder of that. She passed away on Oct. 27, 2018 at the remarkable age of 103 and was, together with her late husband, Dean, the namesake of Bennett Elementary. Looking back across the far-reaching vista of her life, it’s plainly obvious that she chose to invest her life in something that endures for generations.   view article arw

A Pampa ISD coach has returned to work following a district investigation into alleged educator misconduct. According to Pampa ISD, around Oct. 19, district administration received a complaint that a coach allegedly engaged in educator misconduct against a student-athlete and the athlete's parent that involved issues of student safety. view article arw

New leaders named for Sealy ISD

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After 11 years, there will be a new nameplate on the Chief Financial Officer’s office in Sealy ISD. At the latest school board meeting, it was approved that after Jim Obermeier finishes his term in January, Lisa Svoboda that will overtake his office. Svoboda, who currently serves as the district’s junior high principal, graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor's degree of Business Administration in marketing and went right to work in the International Executive Services group for one of the big-four accounting firms, KPMG LLP. view article arw

Local leaders in Sherman got a chance to step in as principal of Sherman ISD schools on Thursday. Twelve community members went to the 12 Sherman campuses to shadow the principals, including News 12 anchor Dan Thomas, and other local business and religious leaders. view article arw

Grand Prairie ISD said Grand Prairie High School special education teacher Tiffany White has resigned from the district. White had been suspended for the incident caught on camera phone in a classroom in which she appears to spit towards a student. view article arw

Just in time for the week of Halloween, a physical education teacher from Dripping Springs has caught the internet's attention after she tweeted a spooky photo of herself wearing a costume that makes her looks like she is in cut in half. Although the tweet was posted on Halloween, the costume was a part of a more educational event unfolding at the teacher's school. view article arw

A Waco Independent School District tutor was fired Friday, a day after he was arrested by Bell County Sheriff's Office investigators in an undercover prostitution sting, officials said. Tony Shelton, 59, of Killeen, was one of 10 people arrest in the sting targeting men seeking sex from prostitutes for a fee, Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said. Investigators posted two online advertisements for prostitution services and made the arrests over a seven-hour period Thursday in the Killeen area, Lange said. view article arw