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Decatur ISD boosts teacher pay

July 1808:30 AM

Decatur ISD teachers and librarians will see an increase in pay in 2019-20. Decatur ISD trustees gave their consensus on a plan to boost teacher pay 4 percent from the midpoint. Trustees will finalize the raises with approval of the 2019-20 fiscal year budget Aug. 29. The pay raises will cost the district an additional $946,671. view article arw

Teachers in the Belton school district will see an extra $3,200 to $5,190 in their paychecks in the upcoming semester. view article arw

Teachers and staff from Navarro ISD will see some bumps in their paychecks this coming school year. The Navarro ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new salary schedule for 2019-2020 following House Bill 3, recently signed by Gov. Greg Abbot, which is meant to provide additional funding for Texas school districts, during a Monday night meeting. view article arw

Trustees at Northside Independent School District, the largest in Bexar County and fourth largest in Texas, approved a compensation plan Wednesday for the upcoming fiscal year that officials said gives an average pay raise of 4.6 percent for teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians. view article arw

A former Louise High School coach will spend the next 15 years behind prison bars, punishment for videotaping teen girls in a campus restroom and posting the images to the Internet. The sentence was handed down by 329th District Court Judge Randy Clapp Monday against Thomas Clay Hosman, 47, of 407 Prairie Ave. in Eagle Lake. view article arw

Two campuses will have new members of their administrative team. The Cleburne ISD board of trustees approved Molly Fitzgerald as the new assistant principal of Irving Elementary School and Dustin Conn as the new assistant principal at Smith Middle School during Monday night’s meeting. Fitzgerald replaces Jamie Walker, who is now the assistant principal at Wheat Middle School. Conn replaces Darrell Boedeker, who is now the assistant administrator at the district’s Phoenix Campus.  view article arw

With the school year quickly approaching, Fabens ISD has announced three key administrative changes within their small school district. Yvonne Coupland is joining the district as their new Chief Business Officer. She comes to the district from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. view article arw

Teachers and other staff members in the Canyon Independent School District will be getting a raise as of Sept. 1. "The increase from House Bill 3, 30% of it is supposed to be spent on raises for ... everyone but administrators," said Heather Wilson, CISD assistant superintendent of business and operations. "The board decided that they would like to give a 4.75% raise at midpoint to all teachers from zero to five years experience, and those with six years and above, they get 5.5% at midpoint." view article arw

The Florence Independent School District is ready to go “above and beyond” with teacher pay raises for the 2019/2020 school year, according the district’s top official. On Monday night, Paul Michalewicz, the Florence ISD superintendent recommended to the board a 10% general pay increase for all teachers. The board unanimously approved the recommendation, Michalewicz said Tuesday. view article arw

The Texas Legislature passed a multibillion-dollar school finance bill during its most recent session. The funds provide a pay increase for teachers and other members of school staff. But now comes the hard part: how to actually apportion those raises.  Noel Candelaria is the president of the Texas State Teachers Association, and says teachers are, indeed, entitled to the pay raise. But those raises depend on how much districts will pay out from the money they’re getting from the state. “Out of the $6.5 billion new dollars that are going into public education, they’ve gotta take 25% of that,” Candelaria says. “Seventy% of [that 25%] has to go to teacher pay raises.” view article arw

Arsenio Geter has been hired as the new head girls' basketball coach at Cooper High School, Abilene ISD officials announced on Tuesday. Geter has coached at San Angelo Central, Brenham, Brownfield, Borger and McCamey, and has spent the last two seasons as the head boys' basketball coach at Class 4A Hondo High School which is about 30 miles west of San Antonio. Hondo won district in Geter's first season, and followed up wtih a 24-14 record and a runner-up finish in the 2018-2019 campaign. The Owls went 45-28 in Geter's two seasons. view article arw

The Lewisville ISD board of trustees unanimously approved districtwide raises for the 2019-20 school year, which included increases in teacher compensation—as required by House Bill 3—at a July 15 meeting. The board adopted a plan that will give teachers with less than five years of experience a 2.5% raise; those with six to 15 years of experience a 2.75% increase; and teachers with 16 or more years a 3.5% increase. view article arw

Increases in pay are coming to Navasota ISD staff this Fall. New salary increases were up for approval during the Monday night Navasota School Board meeting. Newly enacted House Bill 3 says a district must use 30% of its additional revenue coming from the state for salary increases. NISD is projecting around $2,756,835 in additional revenue for the 2019-2020 school year, thanks to HB3. The 30% the district must use for salary increases equates to about $827,051. Those numbers listed are not official for the district, but it is what NISD is projecting and it is their target number. view article arw

The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees discussed the potential 2019-20 compensation plan during its regular work session Tuesday afternoon.Chief Financial Officer Charlotte Bynum said this is probably the most excited she has ever been to present an employee compensation plan.  “This is probably the most changes, and I know it’s the biggest raise, that we’ve been allowed to give due to state’s giving us additional funds; yet we had the shortest length of time to implement it and decide what to do,” Bynum said.  The plan includes a minimum of a 5% raise for the 2019-20 salaries for all positions, which is the highest raise Bynum said she can ever remember the district giving.  read more arw

Levelland teacher Nancy Turrentine received the V.I.P. Award for 2018-19 as she attended the 2019 annual convention of National Kappa Kappa Iota, Inc., a professional organization for educators, held in last month in Cleveland, Ohio. Turrentine, a 4th grade math, science and social studies teacher at Levelland ISD, received the award for excelling in areas of Kappa leadership including: attendance, service, professional development and membership, according to a news release. view article arw

 The following is a release from Brenham ISD: At tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Brenham ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve pay raises for district teachers and staff. view article arw

Former Zavalla ISD baseball coach Richard Warren Cratty Jr. may face additional charges in addition to his current charges of online solicitation of a minor and improper relationship between educator and student.  During a hearing in state District Judge Bob Inselmann’s court Monday afternoon, Cratty initially was set to make a guilty plea to his charges and allow a jury to determine his punishment at a later date. During the hearing, however, Cratty chose to withdraw his guilty pleas. Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Stroud said she intends to take additional evidence that could lead to further charges against Cratty to the grand jury next week. view article arw

Bowie Elementary third grade teacher Stacy Fischer has been named the Region 15. Elementary Teacher of the Year, according to a news release from San Angelo Independent School District. Fischer was selected as the Bowie Elementary Teacher of the Year in the spring, and was named the San Angelo ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year during the district’s annual ceremony in April. Fischer is a graduate of Angelo State University, and has taught in SAISD for eight years. view article arw

Central Texas school districts will spend a bulk, if not all, of the additional money state lawmakers pumped into public education on boosting salaries for teachers and other school staff in the 2019-20 school year.  House Bill 3, a much-touted overhaul of the state’s school finance system signed into law last month, directed an additional $6.5 billion to schools over the next two years. It required at least 30% of school districts’ budget growth be spent on employee pay raises. At least nine of 13 Central Texas school districts surveyed by the American-Statesman said they will spend more than 30%, delivering historic raises to their staff starting as early as this month. view article arw

There Is No Teacher Shortage

July 1508:30 AM

Oh, across the nation there are districts that are having trouble filling openings with fully-qualified certified teachers. But there is no teacher shortage.  "Shortage" implies a supply problem. Like maybe people are born teachers and for some reasons, the gene pool has just stopped coughing out people with the special teacher genetic code. Or maybe the colleges and universities just aren't recruiting and educating enough proto-teachers. Or teachinmg is a "calling" and apparently there just aren't that many people being called. Or maybe all the teachers are falling through a black hole into that dimension where all the lost socks  view article arw

Olney Independent School District released a statement Monday regarding the Sunday death of Olney High School teacher Manuela Allen. Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of Allen who was found near Lake Cooper in Archer County Sunday. view article arw

District leaders will discuss – with possible approval – 2019-20 proposed salary schedules for Troup ISD during a 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday in the TISD board room, 201 N. Carolina St. view article arw

School board trustees will consider adding a new position – Dean of Instruction – at Rusk High School when they meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday, at the Rusk ISD administration building, 203 E. Seventh St. According to a meeting agenda, the position will be added to the district compensation plan. view article arw

Teachers and staff members at the Manor Independent School district are getting a raiseas the district follows the lead of many other Central Texas schools. All Manor ISD employees will see a bigger paycheck after the school board voted Thursday night to approve a $90 million budget. This comes after Gov. Greg Abbott approved House Bill 3. HB 3 injected more than $11.5 billion into the public school system and completely revamps the formulas used to decide how much money schools get per student. view article arw

Poolville ISD board of trustees amended the salary schedule to give all professional staff under contract a $3,000 raise on top of the state-required raise. The decision was made unanimously during Thursday’s meeting at Poolville Elementary School. Paraprofessionals and auxiliary staff are also getting an about 3 percent raise, which comes from both state-mandated funds and local funds. view article arw

The Union Grove ISD school board will consider and possibly approve teacher and support staff pay scales and administrative staff raises at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday. view article arw

Sarah Cook has been named the new director of curriculum, instruction and accountability for the Brenham school district. She replaces Mark Strauss, who retired last month. view article arw

Out of 76 school districts across the 12-county education service area of Region 12, two outstanding educators have been selected for the top teaching award — the 2020 Region 12 Teachers of the Year. Greg Oubre of Dean Highland Elementary in Waco Independent School District is the Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Morgan Castillo of Woodgate Intermediate in Midway Independent School District is the Secondary Teacher of the Year. “We are extremely proud to have both of these remarkable educators serving kids in this area,” said Jerry Maze, Ed.D., Executive Director of ESC Region 12. “The time and energy they dedicate to their students, their peers, and the profession is truly an inspiration for others to follow.” view article arw

SHELTON — Mayor Mark Lauretti says the city’s superintendent of schools overreacted to a recent police probe of Shelton High School Principal Beth Smith and Assistant Principal John Skerritt, leaving the city open to legal action.  “This will end up in court,” Lauretti said Thursday, adding that Superintendent Chris Clouet “defamed” the character of both administrators by placing them on paid administrative leave when the investigation began this spring, rather than reassigning them. view article arw

The Kingsville Independent School District held a special board meeting Thursday to discuss the recent firing of two principals, and who will replace them. view article arw

Round Rock ISD trustees approved pay increases for most positions in the district, with veteran teachers receiving the biggest boost. In June, the district’s school board unanimously approved an amended compensation plan for the 2019-2020 school year that infuses more revenue into salaries for teachers, librarians, registered nurses, counselors and licensed professionals with an emphasis on ensuring veteran teachers receive a substantial pay increase. view article arw

Following the promotion of Karen Zuniga, the former principal of Science Hall Elementary School, to lead Lehman High School, Hays CISD has announced Assistant Principal Iric Ramos will serve as the school’s new head administrator starting in the 2019-20 school year.  After beginning his career in Austin ISD, Ramos joined HCISD in 2010 as an elementary school bilingual special education teacher in 2010. Two years later, he was promoted to campus leader and served as assistant principal at Simon Middle School and Camino Real Elementary School in addition to holding the position at Science Hall. view article arw

Lewisville ISD (LISD) announced Wednesday the appointment of Heather Garrison as Griffin Middle School's new principal. Garrison currently serves as an assistant principal at Lewisville High School Killough, a position she has held since 2015. view article arw

The Frisco ISD board of trustees approved a $2.2 million budget amendment for the 2019-20 school year for a substitute staffing agreement with ESS South Central LLC, a substitute teacher staffing company, at a July 10 special meeting.  The approved contract aims to address the substitute teacher shortage at FISD schools.  At a June 25 special meeting, Anna Koenig, school district managing director of human resources, updated the board on substitute teacher and aide shortages. While pay incentives increased the substitute fill rates in teacher-absent classrooms to 88% since March, Koenig said the district did not reach the desired 95% fill rate. view article arw

After three seasons, Flour Bluff boys basketball coach Jaime Boswell will take on the role of assistant athletic director role at Alice ISD.  Boswell was one of three interviewed of 20 applicants, and he was approved by the Alice ISD board on Monday. Boswell announced the move on his Twitter account on Tuesday.  "It's been a great ride at Flour Bluff and I'm very thankful to the Admin, (Flour Bluff Athletic Director Chris Steinbruck), James McMinn, entire elite coaching staff and all of the players and parents! I'm pursuing a dream," Boswell stated in the Tweet. view article arw