School leaders selected for regional awards
The regional winners have been named in TASB's 2015 Superintendent of the Year award program. Eighteen superintendents received honors from their regions. The winners will now advance to the state competition for this year's top award, which will be presented at the TASA/TASB Convention in October.
TASB Board candidates seek endorsements
Candidate endorsements for the TASB Board of Directors are now being accepted. Local board action is required to endorse a nominated individual from another board in the region. The list of nominees and the endorsement form are available online
. Completed forms are due in the TASB office on or before August 31. Note: Nominations for Region 16 will be accepted through July 31, and the endorsement period for Region 16 will run August 3–31.
Be your district's voice at Delegate Assembly
Your local board must take action this summer to ensure your district is represented at the 2015 Delegate Assembly. This year's Assembly is set for October 3 in Austin. As a delegate, you develop the vision for the Association—approving the Advocacy Agenda, electing TASB's leadership, and amending TASB’s Bylaws.
Legal resources: Elections, property taxes, and employee benefits
Three new memos are available in the TASB School Law eSource. Deadlines are quickly approaching for November elections; the election memo
addresses deadlines and requirements, as well as joint elections, cancellation of elections, post-election issues, and more. New legislation will impact local property taxes for school districts; "SJR 1, SB1, and the Local Option Homestead Exemption
" article provides insight on the changes. With the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Legal Services has updated the "Same-Sex Marriage and School District Employees
" memo, reviewing how the decision affects employee benefits.
Updates completed on student handbook and code of conduct
TASB Policy Service has released the 2015 TASB Model Student Code of Conduct
and a post-legislative supplement to the 2015–16 TASB Model Student Handbook
. Spanish language versions also are available. Superintendents, superintendent's administrative assistants, and policy contacts can access the resources through myTASB
Make your reservations for Convention
Registration is under way for the 2015 TASA/TASB Convention. This year's conference is set for October 2–4 in Austin. Special preregistration pricing is available through September 18, and housing deposits are due August 26.
Time to update your TASB membership information
TASB needs your updated board member contacts. Superintendent secretaries should update district data through their myTASB
accounts under the Member Profile menu option. Board members also can access and update their contact information through myTASB
. Click the "Contact Us" link on the myTASB login page
if you don't have an account or don't remember your user ID or password.
Helping candidates prepare for board service
What are the duties of a school board member? What is it like to be on a board? School board candidates have lots of questions, and TASB has a wealth of information to help them learn about a board member's job. Candidates are invited to attend a free webinar designed to help individuals learn more about the work of a school trustee.
Superintendent salary survey opens July 21
Watch your e-mail for the first in the 2015–16 TASB/TASA Salary Surveys
. The annual surveys will kick off with the superintendent survey to be e-mailed July 21. Superintendents and HR Services program contacts are invited to complete the questionnaire; deadline for responses is August 28. The district personnel salary survey will open in early September, and the extra-duty stipend survey will begin in late October. For more information, contact TASB HR Services
Sharing the good news about Texas public schools
Great things are happening in public schools across Texas, and this year's "Good News about Texas Public Schools" edition of Texas Lone Star
magazine shares some of these successes. The issue features positive news from our schools and an inside look at the partners who are crucial to the vitality of public education. These are the real stories of Texas public schools—the ones you don't always see.
Connect with parents in your district
For parents with children entering Texas schools for the first time this fall, the next couple of months are going to be full of questions. MyTexasPublicSchool.org has the answers parents need. This free web resource, created by TASB, is a great opportunity for districts to help build strong relationships with the parents in their communities.
TASB Partners: Recognizing student achievements
Texas high school students showed their academic and creative prowess in this year's TASB Partners
projects sponsored by Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo, and Kyle, P.C., and Claycomb Associates, Architects. TASB is proud of the outstanding and innovative projects our partners have developed to support Texas public schools. Read more about this year's projects in Texas Lone Star magazine
Save the date for the administrative staff conference
The 2015–16 TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals
is scheduled October 22–23 and repeats February 11–12, 2016. Participants can choose the dates that best fit their schedules. Previously called the TASB Superintendent Secretary Training Conference, the popular event covers board meeting management, legal requirements, policy issues, legislative developments, and other topics of interest. Registration details will be posted later this summer.
Schools spotlighted in best practices case studies
Eleven campuses across the state
are part of a project highlighting successful classroom efforts in schools with a high percentage of students from economically disadvantaged families and high mobility rates. The Texas Education Agency's (TEA) best practice studies project shows how each campus, designated as a High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward School, excels in critical areas such as academic performance, teacher quality, school climate, and leadership effectiveness. The final case studies are available on the TEA Website
Texas adds 19 new T-STEM Academies
In the 2015–16 school year, Texas will be home to 104 Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies. Nineteen additional schools
recently earned the designation. T-STEM academies
are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects. Designated campuses receive professional development and technical assistance to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs.