Calling All Administrative Professionals

Registration is open for the October 22-23 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals at Association offices in Austin. Election rules, open government issues, policy updates, and other key topics are slated.

Finalists named

Five chief administrators have been selected as Superintendent of the Year state finalists. The winner will be announced October 3 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin.

New Attendance Rules

Changes in truancy provisions of the Education Code go into effect September 1. TASB Legal Services’ 2015-16 Principal's Guide to Truancy provides a good overview of HB 2398.

Legislative Summary

The Legislative Summary for TASB Members 2015 is available, highlighting major education issues addressed by the 84th Texas Legislature. Just check out the TASB Store.

Community Engagement

Use this image to help share your HB 5 community engagement rating for the school year. Districts have until August 8 to post this info on their websites.

Have a voice at Delegate Assembly

September 10 is the deadline for registering delegates and alternates for the 2015 TASB Delegate Assembly in Austin. Make sure your district is represented.

Celebrating Success

Celebrate the businesses and community partners that help make Texas public schools a success in the special edition of Texas Lone Star

Parent Resources

Districts are encouraged to link to a web site full of resources for parents with children entering school this fall. Use our artwork on your district site and link to this free resource.

Regional Winners Announced

Regional winners of TASB’s Superintendent of the Year award have been named. The annual program honors excellence in educational leadership.

Join us in Austin!

Housing and registration are open for the TASA/TASB Convention October 2-4 at the Austin Convention Center.

June 30 Deadline for Business Recognition Program

Add the names of your district’s supporters to the list of more than 680 businesses and organizations that are standing up for Texas public schools.

Call for Resolutions

July 1 is the deadline to submit resolutions that will guide TASB’s response on issues affecting Texas public schools. Be sure your district is heard.

Media Honored by Local School Districts

More than 350 media representatives have been named to the 2015 Media Honor Roll for fair and balanced reporting on public education.

Leadership TASB

Apply today for the next Leadership TASB class. This yearlong  program for school board members features recognized experts in leadership development and education.

Fresh Look for Purchasing Cooperative

The BuyBoard website has a new look and broadened features so members and vendors can more easily access information and resources.

Welcome New Board Members

Resources abound to help new board members make a smooth transition. Use the TASB Legal checklist to help make sure all details are covered. 

Loss Prevention Grants

Grants totaling $700,000 have been awarded to 180 school districts and other education entities by the TASB Risk Management Fund. These will help implement local loss prevention and safety initiatives.

SOTY Deadline Approaching

Nominations for the 2015 Superintendent of the Year are due May 15. Honor your chief administrator for a job well done.

Innovation in Action

Winners of the TASB Risk Management Fund Innovation Awards recently were honored at the Funds’ annual conference in Austin.

Summer Leadership Institute

Housing and registration are open for the Summer Leadership Institute. TASB’s popular training conference is set in San Antonio June 11–13 and in Fort Worth June 18–20.

Register Now for Business/Education Forum

Support from the business community is critical to our schools. Join an important conversation on April 28 with business and education leaders from across the state.

Spring Has Sprung

TASB’s annual spring workshops start this month. Sessions are offered throughout the state, so make plans now to attend.

The envelope please...

Winners of the student video contest have been chosen. First prize of $5,000 and second prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the winning campuses in each category.

Loss Prevention Grants

Grants totaling $700,000 have been awarded to 180 school districts and other education entities by the TASB Risk Management Fund. These will help implement local loss prevention and safety initiatives.

Media Honor Roll

Reporters who are fair and balanced in their coverage of public education deserve a pat on the back. Say thanks by adding them to the 2015 Media Honor Roll.

Business Recognition

Add to the growing list of businesses and community groups that are standing up for public schools. Submit names of those who support your district.  Also, plan to attend the Business/Education Forum on April 28.

Legislative Conference

Make plans to attend the TASA/TASB Legislative Conference set for March 25 at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel. The conference is free, but preregistration is required.

It's Show Time

Entries for TASB’s video contest are ready for viewing. See why Texas students are saying “Texas Public Schools Rock!”

Getting on Board

School board candidates can learn more about the work of a trustee in a free webinar set for February 23 and repeated March 26. Preregistration is required.

Administrative Professionals Training

February 16 is the deadline for the February 19-20 Administrative Professionals Conference at TASB offices.

New Legal
Resources Available

A new article, “Social Media Guidelines for School Board Members”, offers practical tips for avoiding legal and ethical problems in the use of online communications about school district matters.

Winter Training

Housing is open for the Winter Governance and Legal Seminar in Corpus Christi March 5-7. Board members can earn up to 14 hours of training credit. Registration opens January 28.

TASB Member
Survey: 2015

This year’s Member Survey focuses on what is critical for members and how TASB can continue to provide the best possible service. Please share your thoughts about the Association by January 30.

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Legislative News

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Register Now for 2015 Legislative Conference

The 2015 TASA/TASB Legislative Conference is scheduled for March 25, 2015 at the J.W. Marriott Austin Hotel. This event provides trustees and administrators with an opportunity to learn about important issues being considered by state legislators and advocate on behalf of their local districts. Learn more and register today.

Updated Transparency Document

Texas public schools are on the leading edge of the movement to make government more transparent. Public Schools and Transparency (pdf) includes detailed analysis on the statutory requirements outlining the many ways that our schools must share information with the public.

Policy Service News

September 1, 2015: Policy Alert: Wellness Policy and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

August 17, 2015: Updated Chapter 37 Offenses and Consequences Chart

August 5, 2015: Preview Update 103

More news from Policy Service...

Legal Services News
  • TASB Legal Services' 2015-16 Principal's Guide to Truancy provides a snapshot overview of a comparison of truancy provisions in the Education Code as they exist currently and with changes made from House Bill 2398, passed by the 84th legislature.  The guide addresses truancy provisions as they will become effective on September 1, 2015.
  • TASB Legal Services' November 2015 Election Memo answers frequently asked questions about the November 2015 trustee elections, including joint elections, cancellation of elections, canvassing, and more.
  • TASB Legal Services' has assembled resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and Texas School Districts on the eSource page: Personnel—Compensation and Leaves of Absence.
  • Last month's most recently viewed eSource page:  Governance—Board Meetings.
HR Services News

Variable pay favored: Private sector companies concerned about managing their fixed costs are increasingly choosing variable pay such as incentives, bonuses, and cash awards in lieu of pay increases, according to Aon Hewitt data9/3/15

Rapid Expansion planned:
 Early success prompts the new online teacher certification program TEACH-NOW to set a goal of preparing 10,000 teachers over the next five years. 9/3/15

Deadline extended: Superintendent Salary Survey questionnaires are now due Sept. 11. Superintendents and HRS district contacts are invited to complete the questionnaire. Also, the District Personnel Salary Survey is now open. 9/2/15

Membership invoices sent: HR Services has sent membership invoices for 2015–16 to our program contacts. Be sure you renew your membership to retain access to critical resources including the HR Library, DataCentral, the Model Employee Handbook8/27/15


TASB in the News
Searching for Outstanding Schools? They may be closer than you expect!

See the article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

TASB Governance, Delegate Assembly
Fraud Alert
Student Video Contest

Watch this year's outstanding videos by students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Texas Lone Star and More

Cover of August 2015 issue featuring "Tunes from the 84th Legislature"

Texas public schools, having weathered some low and high notes during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, can look forward to accountability changes that may signal momentum for future sessions. For the record, the 84th produced some hits regarding public education.
The August 2015Texas Lone Star reviews the session.

Important Dates

Sept. 1 District Personnel Survey
Survey opens

Sept. 10 Delegate Assembly
Delegate and alternate registration deadline

Sept. 18 Advocacy Institute
Deadline to apply for stipend

Sept. 18 TASA/TASB Convention
Preregistration deadline

Executive Search Services
East Bernard ISD Hires Executive Search Services

On August 24, the East Bernard ISD Board of Trustees voted to hire TASB Executive Search Service (ESS) to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Further details can be found on the ESS Website.
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