2021 Superintendent of the Year finalists named

Five Texas school administrators were recently named finalists for Superintendent of the Year (SOTY): Courtney Hudgins, East Bernard ISD, Region 3; Mark Estrada, Lockhart ISD, Region 13; H.T. Sanchez, Plainview ISD, Region 17; Samuel Wyatt, Rankin ISD, Region 18; and Jeanette Ball, Judson ISD, Region 20. The final round of interviews will take place during txEDCON21, and the winner will be announced September 24. Learn more about the finalists

Make plans to attend Delegate Assembly

There's still time to register your school board's delegate and alternate for Delegate Assembly, TASB's annual business meeting. Our advocacy work on behalf of public schools is determined by our Advocacy Agenda, which is approved during the meeting. This year, Delegate Assembly will take place September 25 during the TASA | TASB Convention in Dallas. Register now.

Get ready for txEDCON21

The TASA | TASB Convention kicks off in Dallas next week, September 24-26. Earn continuing education credit, get inspired, and go back to your district with new knowledge focused on student learning. There's still time to register, but don't delay! Get all the details on txEDCON21

Changes to the SHARS program could cost schools

Major changes are coming to the School Health and Related Services program (SHARS). The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has made several dramatic rewrites to the SHARS Policy that take affect October 1. These changes will impact nearly every school district in the state. Some of these changes could reduce the money schools receive for providing these services. See an overview of the changes to determine how they affect your district.

Troxell takes the lead as TASB executive director

At the beginning of the month, Dan Troxell, PhD, officially assumed the role of TASB's new executive director, following the retirement of longtime director James B. Crow. "I’m committed to helping ensure that districts have the resources and support needed so they can focus their time on what’s important — student learning and growth," Troxell said. "That will be our priority at TASB this year. There is nothing more important to me and the entire TASB team." Be sure to follow Troxell on Twitter @DanTroxellTASB.

Register now: Specialized training for administrative staff

Registration is now open for the TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals, to be held in Austin October 21-22. The conference, which repeats February 10-11, 2022, allows administrative professionals to network with those in similar roles from across the state and provides training specifically designed for them. Topics for the conference will include elections, personnel records, legislative changes, policy, and more. Register now.

Salary surveys in progress

TASB HR Services' district personnel/teacher salary survey is open through September 30, while the community college survey closes October 7. The extra-duty stipend survey opens October 21. Participation ensures you have access to the data you need to hire and retain the best talent. Have questions? See the salary survey FAQ or contact TASB HR Services at salary.survey@tasb.org.

These 7 education-related laws went into effect September 1

Of the 6,927 bills filed during the 87th Texas Legislature, 1,073 passed and 21 were vetoed by the governor. With numbers like that, it’s hard for anyone to keep up. Especially when you consider that some are effective immediately, while others are not. Several bills of interest to school board trustees went into effect on September 1. Get the details

HR training for all experience levels

New and aspiring human resources (HR) administrators won't want to miss TASB HR Services' annual HR Academy, November 1-2, in Round Rock. Sessions will cover the basic functions and important issues every administrator encounters. The Advanced HR Seminar will take place virtually November 8-9. This event is designed for experienced HR staff. Learn more about the trainings

Education Cybersecurity Summit: Protect your schools

Cyber criminals have robbed millions from strapped budgets, knocked networks out of commission, and exposed sensitive data. The TASB Risk Management Fund invites superintendents, CFOs, and other school leaders to attend the Education Cybersecurity Summit on November 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Expert-led presentations and panel discussions will give you the tools you need to protect your schools and community. Register for this virtual event now.

Nominations open for education awards

H-E-B is now accepting nominations for its Excellence in Education Awards in the categories of school board, school district, teacher, principal, and early childhood facility. The awards honor outstanding public education professionals and thank them for their dedication and commitment. Nominations are open through October 18.