Month

April 2021
Q:        I have a term contract teacher whose performance has dramatically declined this year. I have held her name from the contract renewal list hoping to see improvement but will likely recommend a proposed nonrenewal to the Board.  I was thinking of giving her a chance to resign first but worried I might be inviting...
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Q:       Next school year I would like to create a new Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator position. Does the Board have to take action to create the position prior to posting?  A:        Likely not, as the Superintendent has specific authority to organize the district’s central administration so long as the position is contemplated in...
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Q:        Our Board has expressed a desire to incentivize vaccinations for current employees before discussing a possible removal of our face mask mandate. May we offer an incentive to employees who receive COVID-19 vaccines?  A:        Yes. However, any vaccine incentive program should remain strictly voluntary and should contain alternative options for obtaining the incentive for...
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Q:       A member of the community notified our school district of a rumor that one of the school board candidates, who filed an application for a place on the ballot, has a criminal background. Is our school district required to conduct background checks on every candidate or otherwise research every rumor to determine a...
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Q:       Nearly all our teachers have performed some type of virtual instruction in addition to standard face-to-face instruction this school year. Should we evaluate our employees on both virtual and in-person instruction?  A:        Yes, the Texas Education Code mandates that the teacher appraisal criteria be based on observable, job-related behavior including implementation of...
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