Lufkin ISD administrators and staff kicked off the fourth cohort of the Leadership Academy Wednesday.  The Leadership Academy is a group of 15-20 LISD employees selected to improve their leadership skills and learn more about the district while planning their futures.  “More than anything else, the goal is to help grow leadership from within,” deputy superintendent Kurt Stephens said.  The members of the academy had to fill out an application, write an essay and have a recommendation from the principal at their campus. They were chosen based on qualifications like years of service and whether they had their master’s degrees or certifications. view article arw

The Longview ISD transportation director, Dale Bohannon, has resigned from the district effective Dec. 31. In August, Bohannon was fired but then filed a grievance, district spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said. He has been and will remain on administrative leave. view article arw

The Axtell Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday night to propose the termination of a teacher accused of having “inappropriate interactions” with students, less than a week after placing him on paid administrative leave. Superintendent J.R. Proctor said Wednesday that the school board voted to propose the termination of Michael McGilvray’s term contract. Proctor placed McGilvray on paid administrative leave Oct. 9, while authorities investigate allegations of inappropriate interactions with students. view article arw

A woman who was killed in a fatal wreck on Saturday in Sevier County, Ark. was an elementary school teacher in McLeod, Texas. The district superintendent says the child killed in the wreck, was teacher Jessica Baig’s daughter, a fifth-grader at the school.  “We’re not worried about academics this week, we’re worried about emotional well being,” Superintendent Cathy May said. view article arw

Several educators and administrators from the Socorro Independent School District participated in this year’s Camp Bliss: A Day in a Soldier’s Life. The yearly event promotes a partnership between Fort Bliss and community educators in order to provide a better support system and learning environment for military students and their families. view article arw

The Texas Education Commissioner will decide if a teacher gets her old job back with the Fort Worth ISD. The Fort Worth ISD board voted in June to terminate the employment of Georgia Clark. Clark had taught at Carter-Riverside High School until she posted messages on Twitter complaining to President Trump about undocumented immigrant students on her campus. view article arw

Trustees did not hire just a new police chief last week, Sweeny ISD Board President Earl Mathis said, they hired someone as close as family. Marcus Way took his oath as the district’s new chief Oct. 8 as the district’s board of trustees, family members and other attendees looked on. view article arw

Barbers Hill Independent School District continues to provide strong salaries for teachers. Last week, revealed that the district, which is located between Baytown and Anahuac, provided the highest-average base salary for high school teachers (per district) in the Houston area. And records from the Texas Education Agency also show that the district leads the way in teacher salaries for the middle and elementary school teachers as well. view article arw

From the outside looking in, this is your average 4th grade classroom at Tradition Elementary. The usual sights, and sounds from a teacher that is actually, a student? Wait, what??!! Citlaly Pina is a senior at East Central High School who spends 2 hours every day as a teacher-in-training. It's part of the district's teacher prep program. And the results speak for themselves. view article arw

The student population is growing — and not enough teaching jobs are available to keep up. A new report found that since the Great Recession of 2008, the country lost 60,000 jobs in education. Not only that, but 247,000 more teaching jobs should have been created to keep up with growing student enrollment as the population increases.  view article arw

Beginning this academic year, a district located on the East Texas Border, West Orange-Cove, bridged the gap between teacher vacancies and students without access to a quality education program by partnering with online education service company Proximity Learning. Bearing that U.S. teacher shortages are at an all-time high, West Orange-Cove Superintendent Dr. Harris realized the potential of providing personalized education to all students regardless of background, location or social circumstances. Proximity Learning for the past nine years has pioneered the Enriched Live Instruction Model to staff teacher vacancies nationally. view article arw

A teacher at Academy Elementary School was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Superintendent Billy Harlan confirmed Friday. view article arw recently requested open records for Lubbock-Cooper ISD for employee salaries. This is the fourth local government agency that has looked at in an effort to compare salaries. view article arw

Focused on ensuring student success, Rusk ISD school board members on Monday approved the creation of a college/career coordinator position to “help our students successfully navigate through high school and earn their degree,” said schools superintendent Grey Burton. By adding the new position – which would be posted immediately in hopes of having the new coordinator in position before Christmas – other school counselors would be freed up to focus on other needs presented by students. view article arw

Thursday night at the Pieper Ranch Middle School volleyball game, students parents and staff were decked out in pink for a special dedication in honor of Kimberly Poorman. In November 2018, Poorman won the KENS 5 Excel Award for Comal ISD. Just a few months later, she learned her family was growing from three to five; she's pregnant with twins. view article arw

Richard Chiamulera, 32, a former Woodlands High School girls basketball coach and English teacher, pled guilty to multiple child sex assault charges, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. view article arw

Due to receiving about $19.5 million from additional one-time revenue sources, the Spring ISD school board was able to approve several one-time expenditures, including a $1,000 retention supplement for all of their employees. Spring ISD received $19,528,661 in one-time revenue, and of that, $5.1 million will go toward retention supplements for all Spring ISD employees in good standing. view article arw

An Axtell Independent School District high school teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate allegations of inappropriate interactions with students, Superintendent J.R. Proctor said. The district is not releasing the name of the teacher at this time, as Axtell ISD is working closely with law enforcement to investigate the matter, Proctor said Wednesday. view article arw

A third-grade teacher at A.C. Williams Elementary School in Commerce was a recipient of the “We Teach Texas” Leadership Fellow Scholarship. Meagan Heath was chosen by Texas A&M University-Commerce as its recipient. The award is given out by the Texas A&M University System, and each member institution picks a single representative to receive the scholarship. view article arw

Full- and half-time Spring ISD employees can expect a one-time retention supplement in their Nov. 25 payroll following approval by the SISD board of trustees Oct. 8. According to an Oct. 9 news release, part-time SISD employees will receive a half-time payment of $500, while full-time employees will receive $1,000. “We are very happy to do this for our employees,” SISD board President Rhonda Newhouse said in a statement. view article arw

A third-party data breach has impacted Round Rock ISD, as well as thousands of school districts and universities across the nation. view article arw

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Vernon school officials are reaching out to the community for help with a shortage of substitute teachers. Superintendent Jeff Byrd said there is a shortage of people who are willing to work for the salaries the district can pay as well as an ongoing shortage of certified teachers. “If you’re able and you’re retired [or] you want a part-time job we are pleading with you to come to help us,” Vernon Superintendent Jeff Byrd said. view article arw

A Vernon educator, previously charged with failing to report an alleged sexual assault that reportedly happened on her campus, is on paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation. Vernon ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd said Cindy Underwood has been on leave for two weeks. Byrd said he couldn’t comment on the content of the investigation or whether local law enforcement were assisting with the investigation. Captain Wayne Hodges with the Vernon Police Department said they do not have an investigation regarding Underwood. view article arw

Silvia Salinas says she will always be a hometown girl from Brownsville, regardless if she has risen to one of the highest positions in Dallas ISD as executive director of athletics. “I am very proud to be from Brownsville, and I always will be because my background has helped me become who I am,” said Salinas, who has worked in the Dallas ISD athletic department since 2004 and was promoted to its top athletic post earlier this school year. view article arw

The head football coach at MacArthur High School was arrested in North Central Texas over the weekend, accused of impeding the breath of a person he was assaulting, booking records show. Ben Cook was taken into custody Sunday and released the same day on a $10,000 bond by the Brown County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

Cleveland ISD's top educators were recognized during a recent meeting of Region IV. view article arw

Corsicana Independent School District and Kerens ISD celebrated National Custodian Appreciation Day Wednesday, Oct, 2.  view article arw

A North Texas coach is out of a job over allegations he made racially-charged remarks to players. Tim Denton coached football and track and field at Lovejoy High School in Collin County. He was fired this week over claims he made inappropriate comments to players. view article arw

Dr. Rodney Rodriguez has been named the new senior director of RGV FOCUS, a collective impact initiative focused on cradle to career education initiatives across Rio Grande Valley school districts. The announcement was made this week by Educate Texas and Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas. view article arw

The principal of Early College High School is under fire. Veronica Coss has been placed on administrative leave over reports of discrimination. Former staff member Stephanie Martin stood in front of the Round Rock ISD board members last week detailing the harassment and disparaging comments she said Coss has made toward students. “The following are things I personally heard her say If I shared everything it would take a longer time than I am allotted here,” Martin said. “Immigrants don’t teach their kids how to behave, we need to ween 504 children off their accommodations, ADHD kids just need to exercise.” view article arw

A third-grade teacher at A.C. Williams Elementary School in Commerce was a recipient of the “We Teach Texas” Leadership Fellow Scholarship. Meagan Heath was chosen by Texas A&M University-Commerce as its recipient. The award is given out by the Texas A&M University System, and each member institution picks a single representative to receive the scholarship. view article arw

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hirings of a chief financial officer for LISD and a principal for Reagan Elementary School at its Oct. 3 workshop meeting. Marianne Norman, currently an assistant principal at Canyon Ridge Middle School, was hired as principal for Reagan in Cedar Park, while Elaine Cogburn was selected as the new CFO. Norman replaces Steve Crawford—a 21-year employee of Leander ISD—who, in a July 18 press release, was named the principal of Four Points Middle School by former Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell. view article arw

A jury trial is underway this week at the Bowie County courthouse for a former New Boston Independent School District coach accused of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old male student. Zachary Tyler Moody, 43, is charged with improper relationship between educator and student and with two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact alleged to have occurred in a locker room in April 2017. All three alleged crimes are punishable by two to 20 years in prison. view article arw

A former Greenville Independent School District official is accused of using his status as a public servant to steal from the taxpayers. Ralph Lee Sanders, Greenville ISD’s former chief human resources officer, is one of two people charged with felony theft in the case, which is being prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Sanders and Tevin Brookins were indicted by a Hunt County grand jury in August and each charged with theft by a public servant of property valued at $2,500 to $30,000, according to a local news report. view article arw

A Bastrop High School teacher who was fired last month after an allegation surfaced accusing the educator of having an “inappropriate relationship with a student” has until midnight Oct. 15 to appeal the termination, according to a Bastrop school district spokesperson.  The school board on Sept. 17 unanimously approved a recommendation by Superintendent Barry Edwards to terminate the teacher. According to the Texas Education Agency, a teacher who has been fired has up to 20 days after the school board’s decision for termination is communicated to them to file an appeal with the state education commissioner. view article arw