February 2015

Districts still struggle to meet oil and gas boom’s HR challenges

Texas school districts in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale are still dealing with the effects of the oil and gas boom. Bus drivers, mechanics, maintenance workers, food service workers, and teachers are scarce in West and South Texas.

New Extra-Duty Stipend Survey results available

If you want to know more about extra-duty pay, our 2014–15 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey has just concluded. With this survey, HR Services wraps up our salary surveys for the year.

Steps to reduce the high costs of principal turnover

The School Leaders Network has produced a report on the effects of principal attrition and makes some recommendations districts can use to boost retention.

HR Services’ contract practices survey reveals common practices

HR Services’ latest employment contract survey results show common contract practices in Texas school districts for superintendents, teachers, and administrators.

Common contract myths

With recruiting season kicking off soon, it pays to know and understand the ins and outs of contracts. We've compiled some common contract myths to help.


Extra-Duty Stipend, superintendent total compensation data available in DataCentral

2014–15 Teacher Compensation highlights report available on HR Services Website

HR Survey on sick leave banks and pools coming soon

HR Services’ customer survey results are in
Can a district pay noncontract employees when it is forced to close due to an emergency? Read our February Q&A to find out.
Upcoming Events
Managing Employee Performance
Feb. 23, 2015

ESC 11—Fort Worth

Supervisors need to understand basics of employment law and how to avoid placing the district at risk for employee grievances and lawsuits. This workshop will give supervisors a basic understanding of the major employment laws and how to prevent claims of discrimination, retaliation, and unfair treatment. Practical hands-on case studies and group discussions will show supervisors how to handle personnel situations appropriately and coach employees to do their jobs more effectively.