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Richardson ISD employees could receive a 1% pay raise in the coming school year, according to a recommendation discussed during Monday’s school board meeting. All employees would also receive a $750 retention stipend if they worked during the 2019-2020 school year and return in 2020-21. view article arw

A state district judge this week ruled that state Education Commissioner Mike Morath violated the law by writing a rule that allows charter chains to take over struggling public schools without first consulting with teachers and other campus personnel. read more arw

When you think of a great teacher, who or what comes to mind?  A genuine smile, a caring heart, a listening ear, and an encouraging word might be a few of the attributes that describe that person.  Wharton ISD is honored by the many wonderful teachers that fulfill those traits on a daily basis with students within the district. Recently, WISD had four teachers who were recognized as Wharton ISD’s Teachers of the Year.  view article arw

KILLEEN, TX — The Killeen Independent School District introduced five new principals to its schools on Thursday.  Alena Thomas, Jessica Taylor and Nikolas Smith will lead Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary, Pershing Park Elementary, and Meadows Elementary respectively. Jennifer Warren and Gina Brown were named principal at Audie Murphy Middle School and Eastern Hills Middle School respectively. view article arw

Monica Simmons has been named assistant superintendent at Elysian Fields ISD, the district announced Friday. Simmons has been serving as the district’s curriculum director, federal programs director and district testing coordinator. Before that, she worked as both a teacher and administrator in the district. Simmons has been with the district for 18 years.  “The Elysian Fields ISD Board of Trustees and I are excited and pleased to announce Mrs. Simmons as the Assistant Superintendent,” Superintendent Maynard Chapman said. “She has a wealth of knowledge in curriculum and assessment, as well as many strong leadership and communication skills. Her commitment to excellence makes her an outstanding fit for the role of assistant superintendent. She is collaborative, knowledgeable, and results oriented, and we know she can handle the additional responsibilities of the new position and excel.” view article arw

A secretary at James Coble Middle School has resigned after a racist social media post she allegedly shared was brought to the district’s attention. view article arw

Staff who worked during the coronavirus closures will be compensated at least $250 in recognition of the cost and difficulty of the transition to online learning.  Eligible Frisco ISD staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic will receive a stipend of at least $250 or 1.5% of their salary, whichever is higher, after the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution Monday night.  The stipend will be distributed on July 15 to assist employees who purchased personal equipment and supplies during COVID-19 closures while also recognizing efforts made during the transition into online learning, according to a memo from Frisco ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Smith. view article arw

At the June 11 meeting, the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 7-2 to pass the $2 billion budget with $34.4 million salary and benefits package. Trustees also approved $4.6 million for a program for at-risk students with physical and emotional needs and a $600,000 grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council to help pay for 10 new buses in the HISD bus fleet. view article arw

Humble ISD trustee Martina Lemond Dixon asked the district to push for more diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the district at the June 9 school board meeting. The request followed a series of nationwide protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers as well as other recent deaths of black people at the hands of police.  During the videoconferenced school board meeting June 9, Lemond Dixon asked that the district be proactive and push to understand the sensitivities and experiences of all students. She also asked for the district to develop a formal diversity statement to include in the board’s vision and mission statement. view article arw

The New Braunfels Independent School District administration selected Miriam Blanton to become the new principal of Seele Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year. view article arw

In the days and weeks leading up to Monday’s budget hearing, Fort Bend ISD teachers and employees urged trustees to reconsider including an annual employee salary increases and the customary step increase for teachers next year. However, citing concerns that COVID-19-related issues will cause an economic downtown, Superintendent Charles Dupre and administrators continued to recommended a number of budget cuts next year, including employee raises and teacher step increases. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas – Killeen ISD Superintendent Dr. John Craft has announced the appointment of Dr. Jo-Lynette Crayton as Chief Learning Officer for Elementary Schools and Dr. Susan Buckley as Chief Learning Officer for Secondary Schools. This comes through the consolidation of the curriculum and leadership departments across the district.  As part of the restructuring plan, Dr. Carrie Parker and Steve Hudson will serve as the Executive Directors of Elementary Schools under Dr. Crayton, and Dagmar Harris will serve as one of two Executive Directors of Secondary Schools under Dr. Buckley.   (12) view article arw

Houston ISD trustees Thursday approved a $2 billion spending plan for the 2020-21 school year that includes small raises and bonuses for nearly all employees, a compromise between board members and the district’s administration amid a back-and-forth over staff compensation.  Trustees smoothly shepherded through the budget in a 7-2 vote, ending a run of three consecutive years with last-minute changes, drawn-out debate and occasional bitterness before the approval of spending proposals. While the budget contains few major overhauls to HISD operations, it lays the groundwork for an unprecedented school year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and difficult financial decisions looming in 2021. (12) view article arw

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved its employee compensation for the 2020-21 school year.  All staff will receive a 2-percent increase from their salary midpoint. The first-year teacher salary will increase from $54,500 to $55,385.  In addition, employees who fall into the teacher pay grade category will receive a one-time additional payment. That payment will be $1,000 for those who have been with the district for 20 years or more, $750 for all other full-time staff and $375 for all part-time staff. view article arw

Eligible Frisco ISD staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic will receive a stipend of at least $250 or 1.5% of their salary, whichever is higher, after the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution Monday night.  The stipend will be distributed on July 15 to assist employees who purchased personal equipment and supplies during COVID-19 closures while also recognizing efforts made during the transition into online learning, according to a memo from Frisco ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Smith. view article arw

Partly because it reminds her of her hometown of Little Rock, Ark., Mareka Austin is excited about coming to live and work in Odessa.  Austin will be the new principal at Bonham Middle School starting July 1. Approved by the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees Tuesday night, she hosted a meet and greet in the campus library Wednesday afternoon. She gave some information about herself and then invited those attending to ask her questions. She replaces Mitch Gerig view article arw

Eastwood Knolls International School history teacher Albert Peinado is one of 16 teachers in the state – and the only one in El Paso – to win a 2020 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teaching Award.  Peinado was honored for “exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development, and extracurricular programming at their schools.” view article arw

Coppell ISD announced that Lorie Squalls, current principal at Austin Elementary, is the new principal of Coppell Middle School North.  “I am thrilled to have Mrs. Squalls lead CMS North,” said Superintendent Brad Hunt. “She is an experienced school leader who focuses on authentic relationships and collective engagement, which will serve her well in this new role.”  view article arw

During Monday’s meeting of the Canyon Independent School District Board of Trustees, the board passed an overall salary increase of three percent for staff members in the district.  In a budget workshop, which took place at the beginning of Monday’s meeting, members of the board discussed what various percentages of raises would look like, as well as what a percentage raise with a one-time payment of $500 would look like in the district’s budget.  Heather Wilson, the assistant superintendent of business and operations for the district, said during the workshop a three percent raise for all pay families would cost the district $1,676,471. view article arw

The Spring ISD board of trustees unanimously raised the district's starting teacher salary to $56,500 for the 2020-21 school year while also approving a 2.5% general pay increase for all staff during its June 9 meeting.  As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, the board considered three different compensation plans for the 2020-21 school year, each with the goal of staying competitive with neighboring districts. Currently, SISD's starting teacher salary sits at $54,000—the lowest of any of the 16 school districts in the Greater Houston area. view article arw

Highland Park ISD announced Jeremy Gilbert will take over as principal of Highland Park High School. Gilbert’s reportedly been principal at Highland Park Middle School since 2018.  “Jeremy Gilbert is a respected school leader who knows our students, our parents and our community as well as anyone,” HPISD Superintendent Tom Trigg said in a statement. “He is successful wherever he goes because he believes in developing a strong culture, dedicates himself to every task and is not afraid to take on a challenge or learn new things. I am very excited for the future of Highland Park High School under his leadership.” view article arw

When students and staff return to North Lamar High School in August, they will find a new face to welcome them. Some of the teachers may even recognize him as a former student and a proud graduate of the NLHS Class of 1990.  Mark Keith, who has served in the Lufkin Independent School District for the past nine years and most recently as principal of Brandon Elementary School, was named the new principal of North Lamar High School during the regular school board meeting Monday night.  view article arw

Richardson ISD plans on giving employees a 1% raise in the upcoming school year. Returning faculty members will also receive a $750 stipend, Superintendent Jeannie Stone told the board at its June 8 meeting. “I believe that [the stipend] more than anything communicates value and speaks to the employee retention and the staff morale,” she said. view article arw

A McAllen Independent School District (ISD) has earned the 2020 Liberty Bell Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). Vivian Tamez is a teacher at Lamar Academy. According to a release, the award is presented to one non-lawyer that has made an outstanding contribution to their community. view article arw

Frisco ISD staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic will receive a stipend in July following board approval.  The Coronavirus Assistance and Recognition of Effort Stipend, or FISD C.A.R.E.S., was unanimously approved by the board of trustees at a June 8 meeting. The board was first presented information about the stipend in May.  The stipend aims to assist FISD employees who used personal equipment and supplies during COVID-19 closures and recognizes efforts made during the transition into eLearning.  FISD C.A.R.E.S. awards 1.5% of an eligible employee’s base wages, according to district documents. To be eligible, staff must have been employed in budgeted, allocated positions with FISD on April 1 through May 28.   (09) view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock-Cooper ISD has appointed Landon Winton as the new principal of Lubbock-Cooper High School, according to a news release sent Monday morning.  Winton, a Lubbock native, graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership degree from Lamar University.  Winton has been with the school district since 2004. He has been an assistant principal at the high school for three years.  “I have been at Lubbock-Cooper High School for the last 12 years and there is no place I’d rather be,” Winton said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our incredible faculty and students and look forward to expanding upon the culture, high academic standards, and winning tradition that is Lubbock-Cooper High School.” view article arw

(RED OAK, TX) — Following an unprecedented end of the school year, ROISD is already beginning to focus on the fall! With the promotion of current Red Oak Middle School Principal Howard Gatewood to head of Red Oak High School, the district had been seeking a new leader for the critical middle school grades. Following a lengthy recruitment and interview process, the district is excited to announce Mr. Fabian Garcia as the new principal for Red Oak Middle School. view article arw

San Angelo ISD is now hiring bus drivers. The starting salary is $14.75/hr. New bus drivers are eligible for a one-time, new employee hiring incentive of $500. view article arw

Heading into the 2020-2021 school year, Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski appointed two new principals on Monday, June 8. Melinda Stone in the new principal at Taylor High School, and Jessica Hale is the new principal at Golbow Elementary. view article arw

Kay Hill, a former nurse for Denton ISD, was fired following a series of “unprofessional comments,” according to district officials.  District board members held a special meeting in early May for the sole purpose of reviewing Hill’s employment. She was fired toward the meeting’s end.  Two days later, on May 6, the Denton Record-Chronicle filed two requests under the Texas Public Information Act. The first requested any and all separation agreements between Hill and Denton ISD, and the second requested the human resources investigation conducted into Hill’s behavior.  Under normal circumstances, government agencies are given a maximum of 10 business days to respond to information requests, but Gov. Greg Abbott waived those requirements for agencies working from home during the pandemic. view article arw

It's bound to look different this year than in any year past. But what else is expected in 2020.  Abilene ISD trustees began budget discussions Thursday examining potential pay structures for employees. But so much is up in the air right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  So, teachers and other employees, all of the numbers are preliminary at best.  Thursday's discussion was built off two models presented by a consultant with the Texas School Board Association, which was brought in a number of years ago to help the district make up ground in competing for top-end talent. view article arw

House Bill (HB) 3 was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and established district local optional teacher designation systems and the Teacher Incentive Allotment. On Friday, June 5th the agency will release designation allotment amounts and approved technical assistant providers on the new TIA website at www.TIATexas.org.    (09) view article arw

WYLIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Wylie ISD teacher who had been placed on leave for allegedly “liking” a racist Twitter post is resigning and retiring from the school district.  On Twitter Friday, Wylie ISD announced the teacher provided Superintendent David Vinson with a letter saying she is resigning and retiring from the school district effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year. view article arw

Justin Smith has been hired as the new Carthage High School principal beginning for the 2020-21 school year.  The school board unanimously approved Smith’s hiring Monday. He will replace Jason Harris, who left the district to become an assistant superintendent in Atlanta ISD.  “We are very excited to hire Mr. Smith as our new high school principal,” Superintendent John Wink said. “He is a very positive and energetic leader, who will no doubt bring a lot of wonderful things to Carthage High School and to our community.” view article arw

CYPRESS, Texas – Kathryn Haynes knew that the classroom was her calling as she was given one of the most prestigious awards in Texas education.  Haynes, an engineering teacher at Cypress Park High School, was nominated by the Texas Teachers of Tomorrow, a state-accredited program that helps individuals with a bachelor’s degree become certified teachers, according to Cy-Fair ISD in a press release. She was nomitated by Cypress Park High’s principal and Texas Teachers’ adviser, Chris Heckler. view article arw