Houston ISD’s new top cop is a veteran of Texas law enforcement — but with a Brooklyn accent.  Pedro Lopez, with 29 years with Houston Police Department, was sworn in Tuesday as police chief of HISD, the state’s largest school district. Come the next school year, he will lead about 180 officers to oversee the district’s 209,000 students returning to some form of classes amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. view article arw

According to a release today from Lufkin ISD,  Superintendent Lynn Torres announced that Amy Fain, previous Anderson Elementary principal, will be taking on the role as principal at Brookhollow Elementary. Mrs. Fain recently announced that she would be leaving the district to be with family in the College Station area. However, her plans changed, and she has now accepted the position at Brookhollow Elementary.  Mrs. Torres said, “Mrs. Fain has been with the district for fourteen years. Her experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and principal make her the perfect leader to work with the staff and students at Brookhollow. We said our goodbyes and were so sad to see that she would be leaving us, and as fate would have it, those plans did not work out. We are thrilled to have her back with us in this capacity.”   view article arw

CANUTILLO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — The Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Tuesday a two percent general pay increase for all employees for the 2020-21 school year.  Starting teacher pay would increase from $52,500 to $53,150 a year and all other teachers' pay will climb through pay-scale step increases.  I consider our faculty and staff our greatest assets," said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “We truly appreciate the work they do in eucating and supporting our students.  Over the past four years, the district has been in a sound financial position to continually increase compensation. view article arw

Each spring, the faculty of McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School choose 15 seniors from each of their campuses who exemplify the very best of McKinney ISD.  Upon each of these 45 remarkable seniors, MISD bestows the highest honor a student can receive from the district – the Distinguished Student Award. view article arw

School is out for summer in the Decatur ISD. After all the challenges of the last couple of months, the end of the year brought something good for two teachers. Stacy Williams was chosen as the 2019-20 Decatur ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. view article arw

Waco ISD has announced the hiring of a pair of new varsity head coaches — Natalie Gutierrez overseeing girls’ soccer at University and Chasity Hyder presiding over girls’ track and field at Waco High. And they’re familiar faces on their respective campuses. Hyder is a former Lady Lions athlete and just completed her first year as an assistant on the Waco High track and field squad. view article arw

The College Station school district has outlined the plan for employees to return to their campuses for school business June 1.  School employees have been out of the classroom since mid-March.  Following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, school facilities can open for business purposes with 25% of their workforce. Premium pay for specified hourly employees also will end June 1. view article arw

Corsicana Independent School District gave its highest honors to its top two teachers Friday morning at the high school.  The 2020 Golden Apple Secondary Teacher of the Year award went to high school Agriculture teacher Mark Vitters and Rebekah McCallay earned the 2020 Mark Culwell Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost surprised the pair with special awards followed by a 'social distancing' parade by friends, fellow faculty members, administrators and CISD police officers. view article arw

During a special meeting May 26th, the Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved incentive pay for early resignation of professional staffers.  The early retirement incentive payment is for professional staff currently under contract, with a deadline to submit their form by June 4th.  Full-time professional employee who meet all the requirements will receive a $2,500 incentive included in their final paycheck for 2019-20; while part-time professional employees who meet all requirements will receive $1,250 in their final paycheck.  Dr. James Hockenberry, Assistant Superintendent of District Services, said the incentive payment "will be subject to all legally required deductions."  According to the Texas Education Code, educators employed under a probationary, term, or continuing contract are required to provide notice of resignation without penalty, at any time up until 45 days before the first day of instruction of the following school year.  Dr. Hockenberry said in order to allow additional time to plan staffing for the 2020-2021 school year, LISD is offering this one-time incentive to eligible employees for their early notice of resignation.  The first twenty-five employees who meet the basic requirements are eligible for the incentive.    (27) view article arw

Pearland ISD approved a 4% salary increase for teachers at its May 19 meeting. The board also approved an increase to beginning teacher salaries, funded equity adjustments and added more money to employee health insurance.  The 4% salary increase, which will cost the district a little over $5 million, will help keep Pearland ISD competitive with surrounding districts, according to the meeting agenda.  “For the first time in a long time, I feel like we have a really good budget walking into this decision for you guys,” said David Moody, assistant superintendent for human resources services. “It gives us a chance to make up some ground—as [Superintendent] Dr. [John] Kelly has mentioned a couple times, word on the street is most districts around us will be hard-pressed to give this kind of raise.” view article arw

Midland ISD is looking for someone to fill a new post -- director of Opportunity Culture.  The post on the district’s website states this person will lead efforts to “extend the reach of excellent teachers to improve learning outcomes for all students.” view article arw

TYLER, TX (KETK) – One East Texan has been put to the challenge after competing on Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s TV show, The Titan Games.  On the show, contestants compete in multiple obstacle course challenges to test their strength and mental abilities for a chance at $100,000. New this season are celebrity titans and professional athletes competing among contestants for charity. view article arw

Over the weekend, a retiring Dallas ISD administrator got a musical surprise from a mariachi band at her front door.  The serenade was organized by a group of principals to say “thank you” to Clarita Rivera who was an Executive Director over 13 DISD schools. view article arw

San Marcos Consolidated ISD employees will receive a pay increase for the 2020-2021 school year.   The SMCISD Board of Trustees approved a 1% pay increase for its teachers and administrators during its regular meeting on Monday. The trustees also approved a $0.50 pay increase for hourly employees, such as paraprofessional, clerical and other district employees.  view article arw

The Joshua ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire three new administrators for the 2020-21 school year during Monday’s regularly-scheduled meeting. Joshua ISD approved the hirings of Corey Hickerson as the district’s new chief of administrative services, Tanya Chernow as the new principal at Caddo Grove Elementary, and Jennifer Leonard as the new assistant principal at Plum Creek Elementary. view article arw

In one of the most debated topics in months, Leander ISD trustees voted 4-3 to narrowly approve a compensation package for Leander ISD employees in the 2020-21 budget. The package includes a 2% lump-sum payment—in lieu of a permanent raise—and no increase in health care premiums for all employees, as well as increased stipends for special education teachers. view article arw

Several New Caney ISD schools will have new leaders for the upcoming school year. The NCISD board of trustees approved three new principals for Porter High School, Valley Ranch Elementary School and Tavola Elementary School at the May 18 school board meeting. Many employees shuffled to positions within the district, while others came from the neighboring district of Humble ISD. view article arw

The Ector County ISD board of trustees unanimously approved hiring a new principal for Permian High School and a new chief financial officer.   Delesa Styles was named the new PHS principal in a news release Wednesday morning and Deborah Ottmers was named CFO Tuesday night.  The board approved personnel recommendations without naming who was recommended. Both come from Fredericksburg ISD.  Styles was the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Fredericksburg where she launched and oversaw the district’s remote learning platforms in response to COVID-19. She has 13 years of teaching experience in Lubbock ISD, Wichita Falls ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, and Graham ISD. view article arw

Early Thursday morning, Georgiana Reagan was notified that a few of her colleagues wanted to visit her. While promising to social distance — a necessity with COVID-19 cases still changing the way the world operates — they simply wanted to celebrate with her. Reagan next month is retiring from her position as director of the Early Head Start program in the Abilene Independent School District. view article arw

Brooke Elementary teacher Margaret Arriaga scans her classroom, packed boxes strewn about. She places some toys inside the cardboard and stops, pressing her lips together to keep from crying, as she searches for the words she feels about the place that has been her second home for 35 years.  “It’s very difficult for me to come in here and pack,” said Arriaga, a former Brooke student who started teaching at the school in 1985. “The school year isn’t just ending. This is it for the school,” she said.  “The memories. The children. I didn’t get to say goodbye.” view article arw

Two scenarios presented for an upcoming budget workshop would give Hays CISD teachers a 2% raise or 3% raise for the upcoming school year. Members of the board of trustees reviewed the options in a list of budget assumptions produced by district Chief Financial Officer Randall Rau.  Board members said they will give a critical eye to the new budget, which will begin with the new fiscal year July 1. The district has a student count of 21,717 and will factor in property value increases as part of the formula that shows more revenue for the upcoming year. view article arw

At a special meeting on May 11, the Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees approved Superintendent Todd Washburn’s recommendation of Dr. Karen Kidd as the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation.  Kidd has been an educator for almost two decades and has spent nearly 11 years as a campus and central office  administrator overseeing curriculum, accountability, assessment and professional learning. She comes to Dripping Springs following more than five years in Prosper ISD, where she is the director of Curriculum and Instruction after serving as director of Program Evaluation and Information Services. Previously she spent 12 years in Frisco ISD, serving as the district’s Testing and 504 Coordinator after three years as a Campus  Instructional Facilitator. Kidd started her career as a classroom teacher in both Frisco ISD and Richardson ISD, teaching multiple subjects and grade levels. view article arw

After a lively debate among members of the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees, a 1% raise for teachers was approved for the upcoming school year.  Board members approved a 1% raise for teachers along with a 1% pay increase for administrators and a $0.50 raise for hourly employees at a May 18 meeting.  The raises will cost the school district about $844,000 and will leave a dent of about $1.14 million in deficit for the budget in the works, according to James Barton, interim assistant superintendent of business and support services at SMCISD. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The COVID-19 pandemic has kept schools closed, so when Suzanne Hudman was ready to retire from being a teacher at Post ISD after 50 years on the different campuses, her granddaughter wanted to make sure she was celebrated.  Some of Hudman current and former co-workers went to the mini gathering inside of Hudman’s seventh grade english classroom.  “She is so practical and logical and calm. She knows how to get along with people,” said former co-worker, Jini Smith. view article arw

During its May 18 school board meeting, the Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of two elementary school principals and the principal of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. The district named Tamra Marbibi principal of Frost Elementary School and Rebecca Lambert principal of Village Elementary School. view article arw

The Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees has approved a 2% district-wide pay increase for the 2020-2021 school year. This new increase will cost RRISD $8.6 million and is a part of the 2020-2021 budget. The budget is expected to be presented for adoption in June. “What makes Round Rock ISD one of the best school districts in the region and state is the dedicated educators and staff that work tirelessly to provide our students with the best education and services possible,” Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D. said. view article arw

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire a Permian High School principal and a chief financial officer, but the name of the principal was not released Tuesday night. The chief financial officer coming on board is Deborah Otters who is assistant superintendent for business and finance at Fredericksburg Independent School District.  Art Martin had been serving as the interim chief financial officer following the departure of David Harwell. view article arw

The Brenham school district has hired a Texas A&M University graduate to fill the role of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Brandi Hendrix has 20 years of experience in education, including 16 years in the Montgomery school district. She has served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, director of special programs, associate principal of curriculum and instruction and spent the past three years as principal of Montgomery High School. view article arw

The multi-million dollar updates, renovations and additions continue at Marshall High School after trustees on Monday voted to add several more new projects to those already completed at the campus complex.  The trustees also voted to approve several other updates at other campuses across the district, and also recognized this year’s district teachers of the year, which will now be in the running for Region 7 Education Service Center Teacher of the Year. view article arw

The Mesquite ISD Board of Trustees recently approved several administrative appointments for the coming school year.  Staff moving within the district include Kelly Long and Carissa Williams. Long currently serves as Agnew Middle School’s principal and will take over for Taylor Morris as the new principal of Poteet High School. view article arw

CEDAR HILL, TX- For the past 23 years, Cedar Hill ISD Deputy Superintendent Kellie Spencer has defined what it means to be a Longhorn.  This week, Spencer accepted a position as the Chief Operating Officer for Midland ISD, one of the largest school districts in West Texas.“The community of Cedar Hill is very thankful to Kellie Spencer for her many contributions to Cedar Hill ISD over the years,” CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said. “She has impacted lives during her time in various roles with the District. When people think of CHISD, its friendliness, transparency and accessibility, they think of Kellie. We are sad to see her leave, but we know she has a great opportunity in West Texas. We wish her the best. Kellie will always be a Cedar Hill Longhorn, to us.” Spencer’s final day with CHISD will be Thursday, June 18. view article arw

BOERNE, Texas – The Boerne Independent School District has announced its new principal for Kendall Elementary School.  Shelene Livas is currently the principal at Ketelsen Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District and was approved by the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees on Monday.  A press release said Livas’ educational career includes 21 years of service that is devoted to creating rich learning opportunities for students and helping teachers develop their craft. She has worked as a campus principal, assistant principal, interdisciplinary instructional coach, instructional specialist, and bilingual teacher during her career, the press release said. view article arw

The College Station school board will consider hiring three administrators during a meeting Tuesday. College Station schools Superintendent Mike Martindale will recommend the hire of Amy Drozd as the district's chief financial officer. She would replace Martindale, who was promoted to superintendent April 21. view article arw

Huffman Independent School District student athletic trainers learn and practice how to handle certain emergencies. Taylor Daniels is an injured football player in this scenario. The teachers, counter clockwise, from the top, are Northstar EMS Operations Supervisor Heath Manson and Huffman Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter Norma McClure. Northstar and fire department personnel, along with Athletic Trainer Riley Wheeler, conducted for 13 students the training exercises, which were held July 27 at the Hargrave High School football stadium. view article arw

GLADEWATER, Texas (KETK) – Jonny Louvier is now the head football coach at his alma mater.  The Gladewater ISD Board of Trustees approved his hiring Monday at their regular May meeting.  Louvier who has had two prior stints as an assistant coach with the Bears, returns to his hometown after spending one year as the head football coach and athletics director at Spring Hill high school in Longview. view article arw