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BELTON, Texas — The Belton Independent School District Board of Trustees approved to hire Dr. Malinda Golden as the district’s next deputy superintendent at a board meeting on Monday. Golden will replace Dr. Robert Muller, who steps down from the position at the end of June, according to Belton ISD. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Robert for his invaluable service to our district,” Board President Suzanne McDonald said. “His willingness to adjust his plans last fall to stay on through the important leadership transition our district experienced this year, speaks to his commitment and integrity.”   view article arw

Superintendent Orlando Riddick talked during the board of trustees’ budget workshop last week about one of his goals for Midland ISD. He wants the starting pay for a teacher to reach $60,000 and hourly pay for staff members to climb to a minimum of $15 an hour.  Considering Midland ISD’s recent history, that is no small feat. In 2010, just about the time Ryder Warren became the superintendent of Midland ISD’s schools, the average starting salary was $40,900. Six years later, starting pay rose to $49,050. view article arw

RED OAK, TX – If there’s one thing parents have discovered during “distance learning”, teaching is hard. Many of us have come to the conclusion, teachers aren’t paid enough. Tonight, Red Oak Board of Trustees approved a pay increase effective for the 2020-2021 school year. view article arw

Ysleta Independent School District employees will receive a pay increase of 2% of the midpoint as part of the $489.6 million 2020-2021 budget YISD trustees approved Wednesday.  The salary increase translates to an increase of $1,190 for teachers, district spokesperson Patricia Ayala said.  The starting salary for teachers was raised by $1,140, so first-year teachers with a bachelor's degree will earn $53,205 next school year.  The budget also includes a one-time $500 stipend for full-time employees that will be given at the end of the fall semester, and which was budgeted into this year's budget. view article arw

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved a 3% pay increase for teacher in the 2020-21 school year May 18, a total of $1.724 million in total increases for teachers. The board has made teacher pay increase a top priority including through the commission of a Texas Association of School Boards report which found the district was paying staff 2%-3% less based on years of experience than the local market median. view article arw

BEAUMONT — Beaumont ISD announced the 2020 elementary and secondary division teachers of the year on Friday, May 15, 2020.  The teachers were surprised at their homes with a parade of district administration and campus staff along with the fire department, committee members, employees from ExxonMobil and others. view article arw

NBISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba has announced the selection of Clint McLain as the new assistant superintendent of finance and operations for NBISD. McLain is the current superintendent at Dilley ISD in Dilley, Texas, and will assume his new role on July 1. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Steve Brown, the current executive director of finance and operations. view article arw

Decatur High School will have a new principal and the district will be combining roles in central administration to have a single assistant superintendent.  Decatur ISD Superintendent Joseph Coburn announced Thursday Assistant Superintendent of Operations Jadie Matthew will be taking over as the high school principal. Current principal Christopher Mogan will be moving to central administration as the director of instructional support. The changes will be effective June 8.  “It made sense to strengthen our organization,” Coburn said. view article arw

Dr. Douglas Marvin, principal of Quest High School in Burnet, tells anyone he has the best job in the world.  “The most rewarding thing is the kids we get to help every single day,” he said. “I’m in every classroom every single day, and that’s something you can’t really do in a bigger school.”  Marvin paused then clarified that he was in the rooms when class was in session, before COVID-19 closed campuses and pushed everyone to at-home learning.  But with a campus of 30-80 students, depending on the year, the principal is able to build strong relationships with the youths and staff. view article arw

A former Pharr-San Juan-Alamo high school teacher is out on bond. He’s facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a student. Officials say 31-year-old Eric Javier Garza was arrested by the Mission Police Department and charged with improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony. Garza taught at PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School in Pharr, where the student was enrolled. view article arw

The principal and employees at a Northside ISD school are self-isolating after a fellow employee claimed to test positive for coronavirus. Northside ISD told KENS 5 that the employee was at the campus of Health Careers High School Friday along with staff who were closing out the campus for the school year. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO- A woman is retiring after 30 years working for the same school district and they honored her with a parade.  Lila Pachecano spent all 30 thirty of those years at Stonewall Flanders Elementary as an instructional assistant.  Saturday, her friends from Harlandale ISD gave her a proper sendoff. view article arw

Austin ISD is considering three names as options for the new elementary school being built in Southwest Austin, with a vote by the board of trustees scheduled for May 18.   According to district documents, the district is currently considering the following three names for the school: view article arw

The Houston Independent School District has named Pedro Lopez Jr. as the district’s new chief of police.  Lopez has more than 32 years of experience in law enforcement, including spending 29 years with the Houston Police Department. Lopez completed law enforcement training at the FBI National Academy and in 2017 led the police response to Hurricane Harvey. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas — An Austin Independent School District teacher is going the extra mile, or miles, to help students in the community.  Luis Reséndiz is running 50 miles around his apartment complex Friday, May 15, to raise money for students for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.  Reséndiz is a first-grade dual language teacher at Ridgetop Elementary School. view article arw

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Region 9 named their superintendent of the year on Friday.  This year, the award goes to Todd Wilson, the superintendent of Chillicothe ISD, for his leadership skills and dedication to providing a quality education.  The overall state winner will be announced in October. view article arw

Decatur ISD announced a new high school principal and the elimination of a second assistant superintendent role Thursday. (article is paywalled) view article arw

SAN ANGELO, TX – Charles (CJ) Villegas will serve as the new head coach for the Central High School Bobcats basketball team. Coach Villegas comes to SAISD with 13 years of educational experience serving as a classroom teacher and boys basketball coach, with 12 years serving as a head coach. While serving as a basketball coach at Frenship ISD, the team recently won the 2020 Bi-District and Area Championships and went to the Regional Quarterfinals.  Previously, he led his team at Hereford ISD to 3 consecutive years as the Bi-District Finalists from 2014 - 2016. While serving as the head coach in Olson, Coach Villegas coached in the 2012 state tournament. view article arw

KETK – Jeremy Jenkins is going back to Tenaha.  This time to take over as the Tigers head football coach and athletics director.  Jenkins announced on his Facebook page Thursday evening that he has accepted the position after spending one season as the head man and A.D. at Mount Enterprise. view article arw

Northwest ISD officials announced May 13 that Stacy Miles will be the new principal of V.R. Eaton High School in Haslet.   Miles has been at the school since it first opened in 2015 and has served in multiple capacities, including assistant principal and associate principal. Miles first joined the district in 2007. She previously taught at Steele Accelerated High School and Medlin Middle School. view article arw

Readers of People Newspapers may recognize one of the new appointees to the State Board for Educator Certification. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he appointed Highland Park Middle School seventh-grade math teacher Jean Streepey and Julia Faye Consulting founder Julia Moore to the state board for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2025. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers. view article arw

The Pasadena Independent School District has gone virtual as it looks to fill 90 teaching positions for the 2020-2021 school year.  The district is conducting a virtual job fair through May 18 in which applicants upload a two-minute video application through the PISD Flipgrid feature on its website. The district then contacts them for appointments in curbside hiring process at the Pasadena ISD administration building, 1515 Cherry Brook Lane, Pasadena. view article arw

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) H-E-B employees made surprise stops at a dozen Killeen ISD schools Tuesday to say thanks to the staff members who have prepared, packed and served tens of thousands of meals to students since campus were closed in March.   H-E-B employees made surprise stops at a dozen Killeen ISD schools Tuesday to say thanks to the staff members who have prepared, packed and served tens of thousands of meals to students since campus were closed in March. (Courtesy photo)  Employees of the H-E-B store on Trimmier Road made the surprise stops holding posters of support as they passed out goodie bags, which included face masks, lotions and hygiene products at all 12 schools which as of last Friday had already passed out over 146,000 meals. view article arw

Faced with a grim economy and uncertainty about what school might look like in the fall, several district officials say they are pausing or dramatically scaling back their hiring of new teachers for the upcoming school year.  “We will definitely slow down hiring and limit it to essential positions,” says Kim Holland, the director of recruitment and retention for Spokane Public Schools in Washington. The 31,000-student district typically hires between 125 and 175 teachers, she said. The school board has declared a financial emergency and is considering layoffs. view article arw

The Lindale Independent School District has hired Melisa Dukes as the new assistant principal at Lindale High School.  “We are very excited to have Melisa joining our administrative team at Lindale High School,” said LHS Principal, Jeremy Chilek. “Melisa has been an exemplary teacher in our district for several years. Most recently, she has served as the testing coordinator at Lindale Junior High, as well as facilitating curriculum and instruction for that campus. She will be a fantastic addition to LHS.” view article arw

Lewisville ISD announced May 11 that the district has appointed a new principal for Lewisville High School as well as a new chief financial officer for the district.  Jim Baker was appointed as the new principal of Lewisville High School after working for the district for 16 years. Baker was the assistant principal at Lewisville High School from 2007-2011 and later served as an assistant principal at DeLay Middle School.   The principal position recently opened when current Principal Jeffrey Kajs was named the district’s new chief executive director of student support services. view article arw

As universities and colleges across the country begin to plan for the fall semester, St. Edward’s University is among those anticipating a decline in revenue.  The small private liberal arts university has sat atop a hill in South Austin since 1885 and has an enrollment of about 4,300 students this semester. The coronavirus crisis has forced the campus over the past few months to move classes online, close residence halls, cancel most on-campus activities and credit a portion of housing and dining costs for students. view article arw

Kidd, currently the director of curriculum and instruction at Prosper ISD, comes to DSISD with over 19 years experience, according to Washburn. She will take the reins from former Dripping Springs High School Principal Joe Burns, who has served as assistant superintendent in an interim capacity since August 2019, following the departure of Nicole Poenitzsch, the former assistant superintendent for learning and innovation. view article arw

TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – As educators, students and the majority of staff from the Fort Worth Independent School District continue working from home during the COVID-19 crisis, administrators announced that they will continue to be paid — at least until the end of the month.  Superintendent Kent Scribner authorized the plan that will continue to pay wages for all district employees through May 29, 2020. view article arw

Following a 90-minute closed session, the Iraan Iraan-Sheffield ISD School Board took no action on the employment contract of athletic director and head football coach Matthew Luddeke at its Monday, April 11 meeting. An agenda item read: "Take action, as appropriate, on Athletic Director’s employment agreement." According to CBS 7, nearly 20 parents and players attended the meeting, with all who spoke voicing support of the coach. On May 8, School Board President Steve Garlock declined to comment on the agenda item, citing confidentiality of personnel matters. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District trustees on Monday approved hiring Texas Leadership Charter Academy-Abilene principal Carmen Crane to lead Ortiz Elementary. Crane will follow Debra Stewart, who was named the next principal at Craig Middle School in April. Stewart was principal at Ortiz since 2016. view article arw

In an effort to address increased internet usage and personal cellphone use during at-home instruction, the Wylie Independent School District trustees approved a little extra money for teachers. At a Monday board meeting, Wylie ISD trustees approved providing a $100 stipend to the roughly 350 teachers employed by the district, according to a district email notice provided to the Reporter-News. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Ysleta Independent School District announced its 2020-2021 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year on Thursday.  YISD named Constance Hulbert Elementary School teacher Maria Armendariz and Hanks High School teacher Yvette Gonzalez as the 2020 Teachers of the Year. view article arw

In the midst of budget discussions for the 2020-21 fiscal year, the Spring ISD board of trustees is looking to increase staff salaries across the board in the coming school year.  During a virtual workshop meeting May 7, the SISD board of trustees discussed three possible compensation plans that would increase the district's starting teacher salary, which currently sits at $54,000 annually. By comparison, starting teacher salaries across the Greater Houston area range from $54,369 in Houston ISD to $58,000 in Goose Creek and Galena Park ISDs. view article arw

Over the past couple of weeks, I've gotten to know some of our seniors as we have worked together to figure out what graduation might look like in the era of COVID-19. I am so impressed by the thoughtful way that our seniors have approached this and the creative ideas that so many of you have shared with us.  One thing that I have heard repeatedly from our seniors is that they want an opportunity to celebrate this milestone as a group, and this week, the state provided school districts with guidance on when and how that can happen. After carefully considering the available options and public health concerns, we have a plan. view article arw