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

May 15, 2015: Update 102 to the Policy Reference Manual

April 30, 2015: Policy Alert: Senate Bill 149: District Actions for the 2014–15 School Year

April 27, 2015: Updated Policy Development Tips

April 22, 2015: Numbered Updates and the Localized Policy Manual, a new resource for policy administrators

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HR Services News

Peeples urges youth to teach: National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples from Amarillo says now is the time to become an educator, particularly "...if you want to make a difference." 5/14/15

What’s in a name? A new survey of HR professionals asked about their work experiences, background, motivations, and what they call their department. 5/14/15

ADP report: The payroll processor reports that Texas added 6,100 private-sector jobs in April but lost jobs in oil and gas production. The state lost jobs in March, the first decline in four years. 5/14/15

Bills to watch in the Texas Legislature: See TASPA's list of bills with HR implications. 4/23/15

Business Recognition Program

Stand Up for Texas Public SchoolsRecognize businesses that stand up for your schools.

See a report on the recent Business/Education Forum!


Student Video Contest

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

Important Dates

May 29 Summer Leadership Institute San Antonio
Registration deadline

June 1 Exhibit of School Architecture
Deadline for contract and program fees

June 5 Summer Leadership Institute Fort Worth
Registration deadline

June 15 TASA/TASB Convention
Housing and registration open

June 29 Exhibit of School Architecture
Deadline for project application and presentation

June 30 TASB Board of Directors
Candidate nominations for TASB Board due

July 1 Advocacy Agenda Resolutions
Deadline to submit resolutions

July 1 Leadership TASB
Application deadline

Texas Lone Star and More

Cover of May 2015 issue featuring "Klein ISD"

Getting people truly involved is sometimes hard to do in the self-absorbed, ultra-fast-paced world of today. This is not the case, however, in Klein, a tightly knit community northwest of Houston. In fact, involvement is a cornerstone of Klein ISD. Read about this unique community and more in the May 2015 Texas Lone Star.  

Executive Search Services

Michael SeaboltMarlin ISD Names Lone Finalist

On May 19, the Marlin ISD Board of Trustees named Michael Seabolt as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent. Seabolt currently serves as superintendent in Louise ISD.

Further details can be found on the ESS Website.

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