SAN ANTONIO – Condolences have been pouring in for a Leon Valley Elementary School cafeteria manager who died of COVID-19. view article arw

WHITEHOUSE, Texas (KETK) – This fall, most East Texas students and their parents will be faced with a tough decision, whether to attend school in-person or online.  As the first-day inches closer, first-time teachers are faced with many challenges. Starting a new job can be hard enough, but add new students and a new environment, then add a pandemic on top, it can be something unheard of.  “Most of these boxes are books,” said Morgan Fore, pointing to the pile of back to school supplies that sit in her home office. view article arw

A group of community advocates made up of Cy-Fair Independent School District parents, educators, nurses and a psychologist crafted a 10-question anonymous informal survey for teachers, faculty and staff. The goal of the survey was to make sure the decision-makers are keeping their safety in mind as Cy-Fair ISD leaders move forward with reopening plans. view article arw

A Spring Independent School District principal is facing a domestic assault charge, according to the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office. Northgate Crossing Elementary School Principal Kristi Brown was arrested last week after investigators responded to a family violence call, officials said. According to investigators Brown is accused of hitting a male victim, striking him with her hand. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO- San Antonio ISD says it is looking to phase in teachers back to school through Labor Day, though the district says that is dependent on guidance from Metro Health. Monday the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers released a letter saying it is disappointed by the district's decision and that educators should not return to campus while the pandemic remains out of control.  The organization wants district leaders to commit to virtual-only instruction for at least nine weeks of school. view article arw

School districts in Denton County are reviewing the recommendation from the county health department to begin the school year online-only until Sept. 8.  Denton County Public Health issued the recommendation Monday and district leaders are evaluating its effects on instructional and extracurricular activities. view article arw

Bridge City Superintendent Todd Lintzen was finally able to properly recognize Jamie Quarles in person after Quarles was named BCHS Teacher of the Year last spring at a meeting Monday morning.  Bridge City ISD administrators and teachers were back to work Monday as everyone reported in for the first day. view article arw

With the current state of the world, new cleaning protocols have become the new normal for many places, especially schools as the new school year approaches. Garland ISD is taking the necessary steps to ensure all its schools and facilities are as safe as possible for students, staff and visitors, and that means increased cleaning and disinfection of GISD facilities. This means GISD is looking to add new maintenance positions and are seeking full-time custodians. view article arw

ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Every student at ECISD at one point will have to learn virtually. Dr. Scott Muri, the Superintendent, said. The District is committed to meeting the needs of each student, however, as things continuously change with COVID-19 temporary closures where educators teach virtually is bound to happen.  Sheena Salcido, an ECISD Middle School Teacher said, “Every teacher I know has been online, learning, learning new tricks, we’ve been sharing, we’ve been reading books. Our staff at ECISD is dedicated to providing a great, rigorous, high-expectations for digital learning.” view article arw

Royse City ISD announced the hiring of Taryne Dismuke as executive director of cultural development.  In this new cabinet-level position, Dismuke will plan, coordinate and design professional development for district personnel with a primary focus on leadership, culture, equity and inclusion.  In addition, this position will develop leadership strategies which can be implemented by teachers and students to positively impact classroom and campus culture and coordinate activities to support the district core values. Eighty-one people applied for this new position. view article arw

On Monday evening, the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Kelvin Stroy as Chief of Student Services.  Stroy comes to the district from Mansfield ISD, where he was the Director of Student Services responsible for providing campus support to 35,626 students and 46 campuses.   Stroy has 22 years of public education service with experiences including four years Director of Student Services, one-year Director of Academic Services, six years as Principal, six years High School and Mid-dle School Assis-tant Princi-pal, and five years as a Secondary Math Teacher. He has also served as an educational leader in Cedar Hill ISD, Arlington ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, and Fort Worth ISD. He earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, a Master’s of Education in Secondary Mathematics from Louisiana Tech University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana Tech University. view article arw

During a July 20 budget workshop, Erich Morris, Magnolia ISD assistant superintendent of operations, said he recommended a $1,000 bonus—paid for from the fiscal year 2019-20 budget—be added to payroll Aug. 1 for all educators to help teachers who had out-of-pocket expenses when the district had to shift to a remote learning model in the spring. view article arw

SAN ANGELO — San Angelo ISD has approved a pay raise for staff across the board Monday, which includes increases in health contributions and salaries.  On Monday, July 20, 2020, the school board looked at three options to give district employees some extra money for the 2020-21 school year. After looking at the options, the board approved one that would give everyone a raise, including $1,000 for teachers. view article arw

ROCKWALL, TX – July 21, 2020 – This evening, the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Kelvin Stroy, Chief of Student Services. Dr. Stroy comes to us from Mansfield ISD, where he was the Director of Student Services responsible for providing campus support to 35,626 students and 46 campuses.  He has 22 years of public education service with experiences including four years Director of Student Services, one-year Director of Academic Services, six years as Principal, six years High School and Middle School Assistant Principal, and five years as a Secondary Math Teacher. view article arw

Van Vleck ISD’s Board of Trustees approved raises for all personnel for the coming 2020-2021 school year during its regular meeting Monday night at O.H. Herman Middle School.  The board approved 3 percent raises across the board for the district’s employees. Those who qualify in the district will get a step raise plus 3 percent. view article arw

Heading into a decision on whether to ask voters for the largest-ever bond package issued by a Texas school district, Dallas ISD is losing a key administrator tasked with overseeing the potentially $3.7 billion project. Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent of Operations Scott Layne is retiring effective Aug. 31, according to a district spokesperson. Layne — brought on to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s leadership team nearly four years ago from Irving ISD — manages the district’s efforts in transportation, food service, maintenance and facilities and construction. view article arw

BEAUMONT — The Beaumont ISD superintendent says the district is preparing for the potential of a teacher shortage when in-person classes resume following three straight weeks of online learning beginning with the first day of school August 17.  Dr. Shannon Allen says BISD is preparing by focusing on a robust virtual learning opportunity for its students.  KFDM's Rocio de la Fe reports, Dr. Allen says the complexity of the pandemic requires creative thinking and a proactive approach. view article arw

There was not a single day during the 2019-20 school year that one of Lake Travis ISD’s 11 campuses did not require a substitute teacher.   This is according to Evalene Murphy, the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, who said during a July 15 board meeting that despite frequent staff reports of substitute shortages, LTISD employs a larger pool of substitute teachers than neighboring districts.   To combat this challenge, LTISD is proposing hiring 22 full-time substitute teachers to allocate two per campus. view article arw

SAN ANTONIO – Harlandale ISD teachers gathered Sunday afternoon at Harlandale Memorial Stadium to voice their concerns on returning to school in the fall as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the area.  “I honestly feel that we need to stay out of the schools and away and stay home until there are lower, fewer cases,” said Monica Zapata, elementary school teacher.  “The Latino community that we predominately serve has been hit harder by COVID. And so, we don’t want to make it worse for our students or families who are really suffering and also for our own colleagues,” said Natalie Clifford, high school teacher. view article arw

DALLAS COUNTY, Texas — As families chose between in-school or online learning in the fall, teachers are deciding too. At Garland Independent School District, some teachers plan to be back on campus. Dr. Ricardo López, the superintendent, said he has around 5,000 teachers and 8,000 employees.  For those who want to teach in-person, López said there will be a lot of cleaning around the school.    (20) view article arw

A former Caldwell High School teacher accused of having a relationship with a student in 2017 has pleaded guilty to injury to a child, officials said. According to Burleson County District Attorney Susan Deski, Jamie Bellamy — who was known at the time of her arrest as Jamie Goforth — pleaded guilty to the felony charge this week. In early 2018, she resigned from her teaching job at Caldwell High School, where she had taught science, and turned herself into police after an arrest warrant was issued. Bellamy, who was 37 at the time, was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old boy in fall 2017. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District is giving employees a little extra cash to work during the upcoming school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Although the pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty about next year's budget, the board was clear that they wanted to recognize the hard work of our employees - especially during our present public health crisis," said Dr. Susan Kincannon, Waco ISD Superintendent. view article arw

JEFFERSON — Jefferson ISD trustees on Tuesday thanked retiring Jefferson ISD Police Chief Shawn Cox for his service and welcomed new district Police Chief Dale Sherrill Jr.  Trustees also heard from Karnack ISD Superintendent Amy Dickson who thanked Jefferson ISD and Superintendent Rob Barnwell for the partnership throughout the past five years which has allowed Karnack ISD graduating eighth graders to feed into Jefferson High School as Karnack High School was closed by its district trustees in 2016. The agreement was unanimously extended for an additional five years on Tuesday by the trustees. view article arw

The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures to the coronavirus should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask. The nation’s largest governing body for college sports on Thursday released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the pandemic, and they come as the prospects of actually playing look grim. Around the country, the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise and many states have slowed reopenings or reinstated restrictions on some businesses. view article arw

A Dallas Independent School District physical education teacher and coach has been killed, Dallas police officers discovered Sunday. Officers were performing a health and welfare around 7:55 a.m. at 6633 Happy Trails Drive when they found Jennifer Hickmon. The 37-year-old had died from homicidal violence, police said. view article arw

Jefferson ISD trustees on Tuesday thanked retiring Jefferson ISD Police Chief Shawn Cox for his service and welcomed new district Police Chief Dale Sherrill Jr. Trustees also heard from Karnack ISD Superintendent Amy Dickson who thanked Jefferson ISD and Superintendent Rob Barnwell for the partnership throughout the past five years which has allowed Karnack ISD graduating eighth graders to feed into Jefferson High School as Karnack High School was closed by its district trustees in 2016. The agreement was unanimously extended for an additional five years on Tuesday by the trustees. view article arw

Concerns about promised extra pay during Longview ISD’s closure during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a group of hourly district employees on Wednesday to visit the administration building looking for answers.  About 16 staffers — from cafeteria workers to bus monitors — were eventually met in the lobby of the building by Superintendent James Wilcox and Chief Financial Officer Joey Jones as they asked why they had not been paid the amount they expected while some of their colleagues stayed home.  Wilcox and Jones indicated the amount the staff members had received in their checks was correct and that any discrepancy was a misunderstanding.  District trustees at an April 29 meeting voted to amend a policy about wage payments to offer premium pay to certain employees during disaster closures. view article arw

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - After years of civil service, and serving 10 years in the military, Felicia Teeter searched for a new career that enabled her to impact the younger generation.  “I realized that I didn’t want to be an administrator, but those coaches had such an opportunity because you had the stick but also the carrot in a way an administrator didn’t,” said Teeter. “And if I wanted to impact kids the most being a coach was the way you could really impact the most kids lives. And I knew that was what I wanted to do next and then just because of my passion for football it was natural to want to go into coaching football.” view article arw

HOUSTON - A number of school employees have concerns about returning to campus for the new school year. Some workers say going back to a building for school this fall is unnecessarily gambling with lives.  "It's unsafe. That's the main concern,” says Andy Dewey with the Houston Federation of Teachers.  Just as one teacher asked, would you feel safe inside a school bus or confined in a classroom with 20 to 30 different students arriving every hour and no one knows if someone is infected with COVID-19? view article arw

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Joe Palmer, Temple Independent School District’s assistant superintendent of human resources, joked how April Jones made a mistake leaving the district after six years at Hector P. Garcia Elementary. “She was at Hector P. Garcia for about six years, and then she made the mistake of leaving … But we got her back as quick as we could,” Palmer said during Temple’s school board meeting on Monday. Jones, who is returning to the district as an assistant principal with Western Hills Elementary, said she is excited to come back after serving as an assistant principal at ShadowGlen Elementary in Manor.  “I’m very excited to be back (and) I would like to say thank you for having me back,” Jones said. “It’s always been one of my intentions to come back home to Temple, so I’m extremely excited about being here.” view article arw

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) – Texas teachers are in a position of power to serve as a vital means to jump-start the economy. Parents send their children to their local school so they can go to work.  However, with power and responsibility to educate, comes the arm twist from state and federal leaders. Do as we say, or we will withhold funds. To ensure funds are received, districts must have a hybrid model of learning; all parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children or in-person instruction for all grade levels without limiting how many students are in an in-person classroom setting. view article arw

At this point, it looks like Dallas ISD parents will have the option of sending their students back to school ​in the fall and school nurses are now having to ​prepare for a number of things. ​ “Our nurses will have a huge job come when the schools do open,” Alliance AFT President Rena Honea said. “It’s a daily flow and so they are in contact with students every day. With the cases going up, we should ​not be entertaining opening these school buildings.​ It should be remote learning to see how the num view article arw

Some Round Rock ISD teachers are upset and offended by a recent district survey that asked them if they intend to show up for school next month. The survey added, if employees did not plan to be on campus human resources would contact them to apply for leave or resign. Fourth grade teacher Stephanie Stoebe can't wait to get back to school this fall. view article arw

Many TEA employees are working from home, but the agency is requiring schools to open for in-person instruction this fall. Teachers say that could hurt their health,  Teachers like Jennifer Boyer have become the rope in a political tug of war over reopening Texas schools.  While record numbers of Texans are hospitalized and dying from COVID-19, the question of whether teachers will be pulled back into classrooms next fall, willing or not, has spawned pitched national and local battles over the safety of restarting in-person public education. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — There's a new trend currently sweeping the country. Teachers are choosing to retire or just quit their jobs altogether instead of heading back to the classroom and facing the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus. In the Corpus Christi ISD, we're told there's been no noticeable increase in retirements, but some educators did retire because of the potential danger. view article arw