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Q:        My school district currently employees several retired teachers full-time. It has been our practice to split the TRS surcharge with the retired employee with the school district paying fifty percent and the employee paying the other half through payroll deduction. I’ve heard that the legislature amended the law regarding the TRS surcharge for...
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Q:        What is the current status of school board meetings in Texas—may we continue to hold our board meetings remotely? If so, for how long? A:        Yes, at this time, school boards may continue to hold board meetings via remote methods, such as videoconference or telephonic meetings; however, the ability to do so...
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Q:        Our District has been distracted this year with COVID and has not yet updated our procurement documents to reflect recent changes to the new Buy American Provision from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Is this something we need to do? A:         Yes. The Buy American provision, set out in 7 C.F.R. Part 210.21(d), requires...
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Q:       A board member owns a stake in real property that the school board is trying to acquire. Can the remainder of the school board exclude the interested board member from the closed meeting deliberations regarding the acquisition?  A:        No. A board member with a “substantial interest” in a business entity or real...
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Q:        We have an assistant principal who is very strong in curriculum but struggles with enforcing student discipline. Are we able to reassign her to an instructional coordinator position for the 2021-2022 school year?  A:        Yes. A reassignment from assistant principal to instructional coordinator is permissible because both positions are within the same...
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Q:        We have an employee who had a terrible reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine. Our District passed a resolution back in January extending FFCRA leave through the end of the school year. Is the employee eligible for the District’s FFCRA leave due to her reaction to the vaccine?  A:        Probably not. If the District’s resolution...
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Q:        Our district entered into a million-dollar contract with a vendor for the purchase of technology goods and services last summer. We have been running into huge issues with the vendor since executing the contract, such as pricing increases and poor customer service. We want to terminate the contract but since we did not obtain...
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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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