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Q:        Grades were due last week and report cards are set to go out in two days. The principal just learned that a teacher failed to comply with the district’s grading policy and has only two daily grades and one test grade entered for the entire six-weeks, and over half of the students in the...
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Q:    We have received a request under the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) for the home     address, home telephone, personal and district email, campus assignment, and employee ID or social security number for all district employees. We have reviewed files and cannot find election forms for several employees with their preference on...
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Q:      Over the summer, we hired a teacher who is new to the profession. She had finished her teacher prep course and was scheduled to take her test last week after already starting in the classroom. We just found out that she did not pass, but can attempt it again in November. We’ve decided to...
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Q:      What ever happened about the federal mandate that came out in May requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice? Do we have to comply with this directive now that the school year has begun? A:      No. While the federal government did release communication last May calling for this...
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Q:      One of our board members will be out of town on business during our next regularly scheduled board meeting. There are several important votes to be taken on some upcoming projects. If we are able to set up a conference call, can the board member participate by telephone? Can he vote? A:      No. The...
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Q:      We are struggling to fill the position of Girls’ Head Soccer Coach and recently interviewed a great candidate who is a retired teacher/coach. The candidate has over 25 years’ experience and comes highly recommended. She just retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year and is willing to work with the soccer team, but...
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Q:      My district recently installed video cameras in all school buses for the upcoming school year. The videos record visual (but not audio) footage during regularly scheduled routes. How long do we have to keep the videos before we can record over the images? What if a parent requests a copy? Are we required to...
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Q:        At a recent meeting, a board member, who is an accountant, expressed the desire to teach an advanced accounting class at the high school. He would perform the work voluntarily, on a part-time basis and would not be paid by the district. The trustee even has teaching experience as an adjunct professor at a...
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Q:    We are struggling to fill one of our teaching vacancies and finally interviewed the perfect candidate. Problem is, she is the daughter of one of our board members! The trustee has decided to resign at the next board meeting. After the board member resigns, can we go ahead and hire the daughter? A:...
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Q:    An employee was voluntarily reassigned to a position with a lower daily rate. Payroll implemented the salary change one month late resulting in the employee being overpaid. Can payroll deduct the over-payment from the employee’s check next pay period?  A:    Yes, but payroll may only withhold the over-payment from the employee’s pay check with...
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