November 2015

District grow-your-own programs bring students home to teach

Texas districts are attempting to ease their own staffing woes by encouraging students to take career education classes and work in district classrooms. Grow-your-own teacher programs are giving high school students a glimpse of the realities of teaching.

Superintendent pay increases steady for 2015–16

Pay increases for superintendents averaged 2.9 percent for 2015–16. Superintendents in major suburban districts got the biggest pay raises, while those in major urban districts received the smallest.

Human capital symposium participants share lessons learned

Districts that have undertaken the challenge of moving to a human capital management system recently shared their experiences with school HR leaders.

New initiatives could help districts fill vacancies

School HR administrators have a new option to fill noncore CTE vacancies. A new law allows districts to issue school district teaching permits for teachers of noncore CTE courses.

Districts can cast a bigger recruiting net using video interviews

Some Texas schools are taking the stress and travel out of the interview process by conducting video or virtual interviews. The move allows districts to expand their applicant pools.


Our Extra-Duty Stipend Survey has launched

2015-16 Superintendent Survey data is available in DataCentral

Recorded Webinar addresses ACA recordkeeping requirements

Handguns prohibited signs updated

Upcoming training opportunities
Is it okay to ask medical questions on a job application or in an interview? Read our November Q&A to find out.
Upcoming Events
Texas School HR Administrator’s Academy (HR Academy)
Nov. 9, 2015

November 9-10, 2015
Austin Marriott North

Be prepared to hit the ground running, not one step behind! Co-sponsored by TASB and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), the HR Academy provides new administrators with the information and resources they need to meet the new challenges of a career in HR. Experienced attorneys, school human resource administrators, and human resource consultants will present topic sessions on the primary HR functions and critical issues every new administrator encounters. A notebook of resources is included in the registration fee.

Dollars and Sense—Good Pay Practices
Nov. 19, 2015

TASB Offices-Austin, TX

Understanding the strategy and architecture behind the district’s compensation plan is critical to recruiting and retaining top-notch staff and controlling costs. This workshop is designed for anyone who administers pay, recommends salaries, or explains it to employees or the board of trustees. Key components of pay administration will be covered including pay strategies, pay structures, pay adjustments, and placement for new or promoted employees.