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San Antonio ISD is holding a job fair for certified educators for the 2022-2023 school year. The job fair will be held Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum- Expo Hall C, 3201 E. Houston St. The district is looking for teachers, campus-based librarians, counselors, nurses, CTEs, speech-language pathologists, and speech-language pathologist assistants. Starting pay for teachers is $55,609, with limited pre-hire opportunities offered to qualified individuals. view article arw

Cleveland High School graduate Brian Ricci will be returning to Indian Stadium as the new Director of Boys Athletics, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Ricci, a graduate of both Cleveland ISD and Sam Houston State University, is no stranger to leading. Since 2007, he has served as an assistant coach, coach, coordinator, head football coach, and athletic coordinator in multiple school districts. view article arw

GOLIAD, Texas—A Goliad ISD teacher has been picked for the Texas Education Agency’s Teacher Vacancy Task Force. Kimberly Davis is a Goliad Middle School teacher for grades sixth through eighth. The statewide task force is charged with identifying solutions to address ongoing school staffing challenges. It’s the culmination of an intensive, nearly two-months long selection process. view article arw

WALL, Texas (KLST/KSAN) – After teaching Wall High School since 1968, Mrs. Shanon Haney has decided it is time to retire from her many years as a math teacher. Throughout her 53-year career, Mrs. Haney has taught everything from basic math at the 7th-grade level all the way up to calculus for high school seniors. Mrs. Haney shared with Concho Valley Homepage staff that the reason she got into teaching math was to help others love math as she does. “When I was in 5th-grade I knew I wanted to be a math teacher because I loved math and wanted other people to love math,” Mrs. Haney shared. Mrs. Haney reminisced on some of her favorite memories as a teacher during her retirement party at Wall High School on May 18th. She shared the memory that will carry one with her is her student’s response to math after having her as a teacher. view article arw

Teachers , librarians and nurses will get an annual increase of $4,500 As Central Texas continues to grow, the demand for teachers has increased dramatically in recent years and as a result, the Liberty Hill Independent School District has found itself vying for candidates in a highly-competitive marketplace – sometimes losing employees to more lucrative compensation packages elsewhere. To prevent such further attrition, the Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting on Monday night unanimously approved a measure that will see teachers, librarians and nurses receive an 8.3 percent increase in pay – an annual difference of about $4,500. “Something like this is going to breathe so much life into our teachers,” said trustee Michael Ferguson. In all, the district has $4.8 million available for employee pay raises, with $1.6 million earmarked for teachers, librarians and nurses. view article arw

The Ector County ISD Board of Trustees approved pay raises for its 4,200 employees during their meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Scott Muri said a proposed compensation plan was discussed last week. The total budget impact is $9.367 million, Chief Financial Officer Deborah Ottmers said. It included a 3 parent of midpoint raise for all campus-based professionals. Raising starting teacher pay to $58,750. It is currently $57,000, which is an $1,820 raise. Muri adjusted a 2 percent of midpoint pay increase for all central office professionals to 3 percent. view article arw

The Brenham School Board on Monday unanimously voted to grant the $1,000 incentive payment to all custodial employees who were actively employed with the district as of May 2nd. The stipend is the same payment given to other district employees in February, using federal ESSER III funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. view article arw

CENTRAL, Texas — In the last few months, at least seven Central Texas school districts have announced raises for teachers. It's a delicate subject which was exacerbated throughout the pandemic as advocates pushed for wage increases. The raises vary by school district. So far, these are which districts which have approved raises and by how much.    (18) view article arw

All qualifying Plano ISD employees will receive a pay increase for the 2022-23 school year as well as a retention stipend following approval of the employee compensation package by the district's board of trustees during its May 17 meeting. The board voted to give a 4% pay raise to teachers, librarians and nurses and a 3% increase to all other employees. Existing and new employees will also receive a retention/new hire stipend after the beginning of the next school year as part of the package. Teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend while all other employees will receive $500. The compensation package was approved by the board unanimously, although board Secretary Jeri Chambers was absent from the meeting. Assistant Superintendent Beth Brockman said those pay rate increases will make PISD's starting salary $58,250 for teachers with a bachelor's degree and no prior experience, and $60,250 for those with a master's degree and no experience. "We feel that everyone deserves a compensation increase in this district—every single employee is valuable," Brockman said. The district is also increasing its contribution for employee health insurance from $300 per month to $315 per month, she said.    (18) view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas — Keeping teachers is a challenge for many districts nationwide. But the largest district in Texas claims it’s in better shape than some might think. Right now, Houston ISD says a vast majority of teachers have committed to returning. But what about the others? A recent survey suggested that hundreds were at least thinking about leaving HISD or the teaching profession altogether. According to the Houston Federation of Teachers, many are leaving for higher-paying jobs in surrounding districts. The union has been fighting for a 10% raise to try and make sure HISD retains talent. But, at this point, the administration is offering just under 7%. That's not enough when you factor in inflation, the union said. "And, you know, a lot of our teachers don’t even live in HISD," said HFT President Jackie Anderson. "So they just probably have decided to go work closer to home and make more money.”    (17) view article arw

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees approved a new employee compensation plan for the 2022-2023 school year, as presented by Assistant Superintendent for Employee Services Dr. Beth Brockman, with a unanimous vote at the May 17, 2022, school board meeting. The new compensation plan provides all employees with a pay increase. Teachers, librarians and nurses will receive a 4 percent increase on the control rate. All other employees will receive a 3 percent increase on the control rate. The plan also increases: view article arw

Round Rock ISD has named Cindy Hill as its new general counsel.  Hill comes to Round Rock ISD with 35 years of legal experience in firms across Texas where she has advised and represented clients in the full range of civil matters with primary emphasis in employment litigation, employee relations, education law and government contracting. She has also served as outside general counsel for both school district administrations and Boards of Trustees, including the Fort Worth ISD, De Soto, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Aledo, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Joshua and Lancaster school districts. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Nine Tyler ISD teachers, who were chosen to be TOP teachers, were told on Monday their designation level and the amount of incentive money they will be receiving for obtaining this honor. A TOP teacher is a Tyler optimal performance educator that works at one of the TIA campuses. They were selected by being judged on student growth metrics, teacher observation data and student surveys. They will receive a teacher incentive allotment due to House Bill 3. This will allow school officials to recruit and keep great teachers. Their focus is to fill in the gaps in high-need areas and rural schools. The TOP system also helps the district encourage teachers to help challenging campuses. During a board meeting on Monday, all of the teachers found out about their designation level and the amount of funds they would receive. view article arw

Dozens of school employees are planning to show up at the school board meeting in Fort Worth demanding action from board members after their pay was unexpectedly cut. There were so many superheroes in our school during the pandemic teachers were celebrating parents and vice versa and school nurses were right in the middle of it. "Everybody who came in the door had to check in with me that went on for weeks months, then we brought children back to school and that’s when it got ugly," said Nanette Cowain, a school nurse. "We underwent a lot of scrutinies it used to be when a kid is coughing in class you take a few sips of water, go back to class, you don’t have a fever, but during the covid pandemic you were told to send them home," said Margaret Gant, a school nurse. While all that was going on their paychecks mysteriously got smaller. It happened in House Bill 3 when most teachers got a raise. view article arw

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - It’s official, Bryan ISD is welcoming Alfred Scott to a new role as principal of Sadberry Intermediate School. The current Bryan High assistant principal will go straight to work preparing for the new intermediate school’s opening for the 2023-2024 school year while finishing out the current school year at Bryan High. Scott grew up in Bryan and even attended the same school he currently works at. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Prairie View A&M University in 2001. In 2012, Scott received a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Lamar University. He began his education career in 2005 as a history teacher at Jane Long Intermediate when it was a middle school. He served there until 2013, when he was hired as an assistant principal at Rayburn Intermediate when it was a middle school. view article arw

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Parkland head football coach Eric Frontz is taking a new job as an assistant athletic director for Socorro Independent School District, he told KTSM on Tuesday night. The Socorro ISD school board approved Frontz for the job on its meeting on Tuesday. Frontz will begin working with District Athletic Director and former Eastlake head football coach JJ Calderon. Frontz has worked as a high school football coach for over 25 years and has been a head coach at both Parkland and Riverside. view article arw

The Brenham School Board on Monday unanimously voted to grant the $1,000 incentive payment to all custodial employees who were actively employed with the district as of May 2nd. The stipend is the same payment given to other district employees in February, using federal ESSER III funds through the American Rescue Plan Act. view article arw

The Eanes ISD board of trustees unanimously approved a 5% midpoint raise for salaried staff and a 6% midpoint raise for hourly staff at its May 10 meeting. The exact budgetary impact this will have on the 2022-23 school year will depend upon enrollment and tax base growth. With an initial projected enrollment of 7,800-7,875, the district is estimated to have a deficit of nearly $1 million-$1.5 million, according to district documents. “The reality is that if we don’t get a significant raise, we are going to lose staff, and we cannot afford to lose our most valuable asset,” Board Member Jennifer Champagne said. “I understand the implications of that down the road being that we will likely have to make hard choices.” EISD has a particular need to fill child nutrition and custodian positions, according to the district. An additional $100,000 was put aside to increase compensation for these positions, which are otherwise paid for out of a self-sustaining fund. “The fact that we can’t fully staff our custodians impacts our teachers and other people in the building,” Board Member James Spradley said. “This is a holistic problem.” view article arw

At the Monday, May 16 School Board meeting, the Bryan ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Alfred Scott as Principal of O.W. Sadberry, Sr. Intermediate School. The Bryan High assistant principal will go straight to work preparing for the new intermediate school’s opening for the 2023-2024 school year while finishing out the current school year at Bryan High. view article arw

The Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of hiring two new principals one for Williams/Ledger Elementary School and one for Martin Walker Elementary School. With the transition of previous Williams/Ledger Elementary Principal Lori Hensley to the position of T-CLAS grant director, the district began looking for a new campus principal. After receiving applications and conducting interviews, the selection committee unanimously recommended Tracie Phillips to be the new principal. Phillips has been serving as the interim principal at WLE since January 2022. She earned her associates degree from Brazosport College and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in reading, and earned her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University. view article arw

From staff reports  Kilgore ISD fired an employee who was arrested during the weekend on charges of child sex assault and improper relationship between an educator and student. In a statement issued Monday, the district said the employee was arrested Friday evening in an “unrelated off-campus incident that led the Kilgore Police Department to launch an investigation into allegations of a possible improper relationship between the employee and a student at Kilgore High School.”  According to the statement, the investigation led to the employee being “charged with an improper relationship with a student and sexual assault of child.” view article arw

Librarian Suzette Baker said she faced a hard choice last year when her boss asked her to hide a book on critical race theory behind the counter. “OK, I’ll look into it,” Baker recalled telling her boss at the time. But eventually, Baker — a librarian at the Llano County Public Library’s Kingsland Branch — decided to ignore the request. And she continued to vocally protest other decisions, like the ban on ordering new books. She spoke up, telling her supervisors that the library was facing a censorship attack. By February, the pressure to keep new or donated books from the shelves increased, she said. After waiting weeks for a local library board to approve the books Baker wanted to add to her library, Baker’s boss would tell her that even donated books could not reach the shelves. On March 9, Baker was fired for insubordination, creating a disturbance and failure to follow instructions. view article arw

LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — Lockhart ISD trustees passed what they called a historic pay raise for teachers and staff at Monday night’s board meeting. Starting in 2022-23 school year, teachers will get up to 8% in pay raises. Lockhart ISD said it is now one of the highest-paying Central Texas districts for veteran teachers with years of service from any school district. Clerical paraprofessional staff will get up to a 37% increase. Auxiliary staff will get up to a 28% increase.Administrative professional staff will receive an increase of 3% of the midpoint of the new pay scale recommended by the Texas Association of School Boards. The district will move away from the Texas Retirement System’s health insurance plans to its own service called Lion Care. LISD said workers will save up to $1,559 per month with the new plan. The district said more savings will come with lower deductibles, prescription costs and other out-of-pocket costs for its staff. view article arw

The Henderson ISD school board approved a 10% raise for their teachers during Tuesday’s regular board meeting to help retain current teachers and compete with other school districts in East Texas through a teacher shortage. Teacher salaries will now start at $45,000. The raise will lift the district to ranking as the fifth highest-paying for teachers with no experience, fifth for five years of experience, third for 10 years of experience, second for 15 years of experience, and second for 20 years experience among nearby school districts in East Texas, such as Longview ISD, Chapel Hill ISD, Tyler ISD, Nacogdoches ISD, Marshall ISD, Whitehouse ISD, and more. view article arw

FAYETTEVILLE, Texas (KBTX) - One person is dead following a drunk driving crash in Fayette County on Saturday evening. According to the Department of Public Safety, William Kubena was arrested for intoxication manslaughter following the crash. Kubena is listed as Dime Box ISD’s head boys’ basketball coach and a mathematics teacher on the district website. The district says his employment status with the district has not changed at this time. Just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, a DPS accident report says Kubena was driving his truck near the intersection of FM 1291 and FM 2145 when he failed to yield the right of way to a motorcycle driving westbound on FM 2145. The driver of the motorcycle, 56-year-old Eugene Barnes from La Grange, was pronounced dead at the scene. view article arw

The retention and hiring package will include $2,000 for all district employees—$1,000 to be received each semester the employee stays with the district in the 2022-23 school year—and two “wellness days,” according to a May 12 news release. “What we're requesting here is that we extend that retention stipend to all employees,” SISD Chief Financial Officer Ann Westbrooks said. “And that is critical because we're seeing quite a bit of turnover across the board, not just with our teachers.” The package also offers teachers the opportunity to receive a $2,000-$5,000 bonus—depending on how many years they have worked for the district—based on their Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System ratings and their students’ end-of-course exam or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness scores. view article arw

To recruit and retain the best talent, Dallas ISD is proposing $103.2 million in compensation increases with the potential for new teachers to earn up to $72,000. The 2022-2023 proposed budget would include $51.2 million for staff salary increases and $52 million for retention incentives. Upon budget approval, first-year teachers would start with a base salary of $60,000 and experienced teachers could earn up to $65,450. All newly hired teachers would also receive a $2,000 hiring incentive. Other stackable incentives could also be applied, such as $3,000 for secondary math and science, $3,000 for special education, $5,000 for elementary bilingual education, and $3,000 for languages other than English. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — You’ve heard KXAN report multiple times about the severe teacher shortage facing so many Texas school districts. On Wednesday, possible real-life fixes were announced in the form of policy recommendations from hundreds of educators around the state. More than 400 Texas teachers, counselors, administrators, student teachers, and other school personnel from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) responded to a survey seeking feedback on why educators are leaving the profession. view article arw

A staggering 55 percent of teachers contemplate leaving the classrooms according to the national education association. Now a new program with The Texas Education Agency might just convince teachers to stay. It's said that it can bring teacher salaries to $100K. Amanda Crawley, Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services said, “School districts established a procedure for how teachers will receive those funds based on student growth and teacher evaluations.”     (17) view article arw

Once again the teachers and other paraprofessional at Alice Independent School District will receive a pay increase. On Tuesday, May 10, Alice ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the 2022-2023 teacher and other professional pay scales. Beginning teachers will now start at $53,000 and 30-plus year teacher will be at $65,000. This puts Alice ISD in the top tier of districts in Region 2 for starting teacher pay, according to the school district. Just a few short years ago, Alice ISD was amongst the lowest in the region as beginning teachers started at $38,000 and the end point was $49,900. The board also approved the other professional pay scale for counselors, social workers, diagnosticians and other professional positions. view article arw

KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – A 21-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday by the Kilgore Police Department for an alleged improper relationship between a student and an educator.  of Kilgore, was charged with three counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student and was also charged with assault causing bodily injury as well as sexual assault, according to judicial records. Sanchez was booked on Saturday with $26,000 worth of bonds. Sanchez was employed by Kilgore ISD as an ESL Aide, according to KISD’s website. view article arw

HOUSTON - Houston Teachers United tweeted that 1 in 12 teachers in Houston ISD have given notice that they won’t be returning next year. FOX 26 looked at the Harris County school district's career openings, and as of May 13th, there are 836 job openings for certified teachers. RELATED: Houston area school districts offering bonuses to address teacher shortages worsened by COVID-19 Jackie Anderson, president of the Houston Federation of teachers says that number will likely be higher. "I talk to teachers every day who have not even informed HISD that they are not returning. It means they will have another year of doubling up classes, they’ll have another year without a certified qualified teacher in the classroom" she said. However, while Anderson says the number of teachers leaving is concerning, the district says it’s not as bad as it sounds, and they’ve got it handled. view article arw

REDWATER, Texas -- Lynsey Gold, band director for the 2021 UIL 1A state champion band, is bringing her talents to Redwater ISD as their newest director of bands.  Since 2017, Gold has served as the band director for Menard ISD. She is currently in her eighth year of teaching instrumental music. From 2015-2017, Gold led the middle school band program in Crockett County CCSD.  Her bands have consistently earned superior ratings at UIL marching, concert and sight-reading contests. In 2019, the band program for Menard ISD was ranked fifth in the state among 1A bands. In 2021, they brought home the 1A state championship, earning the school their first UIL state marching band title. view article arw

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) – Saturday night, the area’s second largest school district announced their teachers of the year.  Socorro Independent School District conducted its 2022 Teacher of the Year Gala May 14 at the El Paso Convention Center, honoring Irasema Torres and Vanessa M. Payan as tops in the district.  As the 2022 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, Torres teaches at forth grade at Vista Del Sol Elementary. She’s been teaching for 15 years and says she aims to help all students overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.  Torres said she was honored to be recognized along with her fellow teachers of the year at the special event. view article arw

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) – Parkland Elementary School teacher Alexandria Sapien and Young Women’s Leadership Academy teacher Amy K. Smith were named Ysleta ISD’s 2022-2023 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year. view article arw