December 2015

Inside HR Services

Extra-Duty Stipend Survey closing soon

Be sure to submit your district’s 2015–16 data for the Extra-Duty Stipend Survey so that the results are available to you for comparison in DataCentral. Visit our Website to download the survey today. The deadline is Dec. 11.

2015–16 Teacher/District Personnel Salary Survey data in DataCentral

New 2015–16 Teacher/District Personnel survey data is now available in DataCentral for all HR Services members. You can use your district’s reported teacher survey data to create custom market reports on salaries, hiring schedules, teaching field stipends and incentives (e.g., math and science), and more. In addition, District Personnel (nonteacher) pay data is also available for more than 120 common school district jobs.

Welcome our newest staff members

Please welcome Keith McLemore and Catherine Rubiera to the HR Services staff. Keith joined us in November as an associate consultant. He provides analytical support for consulting services and assist districts with compensation planning and development. Keith received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and a master’s degree from Texas Tech, both with a focus on research analysis and design. He has 12 years of experience traveling the state supporting public educators with Texas’ largest professional educator association.
 
Catherine Rubiera joined the HR Services team in December. She assists with the analysis of salary survey data and provides analytical support for consulting services. She taught high school math, including AP Statistics, for 12 years in Florida prior to joining HR Services. Catherine has a bachelor’s in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University.

Join us at TASPA/TAEE Winter Conference

Please stop by the HR Services table at the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA)/Texas Association for Employment in Education (TAEE) 2015 Winter Conference on Dec. 10–11. Staff will be there to great you and our publications and posters will be on display. We also invite you to come to the following sessions presented by HR Services’ staff:
 
Thursday, Dec. 10

Staffing for Achievement
10:15–11:15 a.m.
Presenters: Zachary Hobbs and Marcia Kirk

Extra, Extra—Hear All About What the Department of Labor Has Been Doing!
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Presenter: Ann Patton

Effective Interview Questions for Finding the Best Teachers
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Presenter: April Mabry and Ronda Bauman

Communicating Effectively About Pay
2:45–3:45 p.m.
Presenter: Amy Campbell

Friday, Dec 11:

Teacher Pay: Envision a Better Way
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Presenter: Cindy Clegg

HR Services offers many training opportunities in Austin, regionally at ESCs, and through webinars. A calendar of our 2015‒16 offerings are listed on the HR Services online training page. You will find additional information and can register for upcoming training events.

HR Exchange takes a winter break

Happy holidays to all our members from everyone here in HR Services! Like districts, we will enjoy an extended break at the end of December. Our offices will be closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 4. Because of the lengthy break, we don’t publish HR Exchange in January. The newsletter will be back in your e-mail box the first week of February.

Check for time-sensitive notices during your holiday break

During the holiday break, it’s important to make arrangements to check district mail for time-sensitive unemployment and workers’ compensation notices and forms. If you wait to respond until after the break, you may be subject to a penalty or waive important rights to contest benefits. To avoid those problems, be sure that someone takes a few minutes each day to check the mail.

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