November 2017, Vol. 1

Getting the most out of stipends

Which employees are eligible for stipends? How much money should be dedicated to an extracurricular stipend? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article.

Superintendent pay increases steady in 2017–2018

According to preliminary results of the annual TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey, the average pay increase in 2017‒2018 for continuing superintendents was 2.9 percent. Read this story for details from the survey.

3 steps to standardize duty schedules

Maintaining a multitude of work calendars can be a time-consuming process for human resources and payroll and result in employees being confused about their work start and stop dates.

Upcoming Events
Get a Grip on the FMLA
Nov. 9, 2017

ESC 20

Every leave request is unique, so how do you get a grip on all the rules for applying and processing family and medical leave? Using actual situations in exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to apply the FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering family and medical leave. Scenarios related to standard FMLA, leave for qualifying exigency, and military caregiver leave will be used to discover answers to the most frequently asked family and medical leave questions.

Best Practices for Recruiting Quality Staff
Nov. 14, 2017


The most effective recruiting plan starts with preparation. This session will guide HR administrators through the process of developing a cost-effective recruiting plan to address district needs. Topics covered include assessing district and community assets, identifying marketing opportunities, developing a marketing strategy, and involving stakeholders.

Title IX Symposium: Theory and Practice
Nov. 15, 2017

TASB headquarters

TASB Risk Management Fund members in school districts and community colleges will learn the history of Title IX through the foundational case law, receive an update on recent litigation trends and relevant state legislation, and hear legal experts discuss the role of the Title IX coordinator. Participants will also receive practical advice on surviving complaints and litigation from the perspective of a former Office of Civil Rights (OCR) attorney and an experienced litigator.

Coordinating and Reporting Workers' Compensation Absences
Dec. 5, 2017


Administering the district’s workers’ compensation program effectively requires an understanding of the various leave programs that apply when an employee is unable to work. Failure to follow state and federal requirements could result in potential fines or expenses. This session explains the interaction between workers’ compensation and leave benefits and illustrate how these programs impact pay, health insurance premium contributions, and job restoration rights. Suggestions for overcoming the challenge of coordinating benefits and managing special situations will be provided.