February 2019

Posted by Tamra Spence on 2/28/2019

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2019-20 PfISD budget and compensation

Work has begun on the 2019-2020 budget process. The current proposed budget will recommend a 3% raise for all PfISD employees, a more significant increase than in past years. As you may recall, due to budgetary constraints last year, the district was only able to give a 1.5% pay increase, which did not include all employees. 

Currently, there is legislation which includes a possible $5,000 raise for all Texas teachers. We are monitoring this closely prior to formally recommending the 3% raise. The rationale for this is we want to provide for our employees, while at the same time ensuring that we have a fiscally responsible budget that can be maintained over time. In Pflugerville ISD, with nearly 1,900 teachers, a $5,000 raise would be an estimated annual cost of $9.4 million to the district, which would drastically impact the budget and will play a big part in salary decisions for the next several years. We are excited about the potential of recommending a 3% raise and we will keep you in the loop as actions at the legislature progress.

 

Skyward Teacher Survey

PfISD will be moving to a new student and business information system in August 2019. While the Focus system provided enhanced features compared to our previous system, we believe that the new Skyward system will make it even easier for teachers to manage their Gradebooks through a stable environment. 

The link below will take you to a survey we are conducting that will help us design a series of training options for district staff. We will also be recruiting teachers to help serve as trainers for the new Gradebook.

We are working to provide training options in both online and face-to-face formats. We would like teachers to inform us of their preference as we know learning is different for everyone and we want to better serve your specific needs.

Skyward Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/10xVkQt7zevB5vLg2

You will be required to log in with your Google account so we can record your specific preference.

We will need to have your survey responses no later than Friday, March 15, 2019 (the day before Spring Break).

 

Summer School Positions

Please note that the Human Resource Department will post Summer School teaching opportunities soon.  

 

Board Election - May 2019

Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

  • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
  • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
  • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019.
 
 

Nominate a student volunteer for 2019 Student Heroes Award

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Student Heroes Award.

The Student Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who voluntarily work to assist or benefit their fellow Texas students.

Award requirements include the following:

  • The service, assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirement, class, or community project.
  • The service, assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or collectively.
  • The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district, or a community.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. (DST) March 12.

Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A plaque will be awarded to each Student Hero by his or her State Board member.

 Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Awards/Student_Heroes_Award/

or for more information please email heroes@tea.texas.gov.

 

PfISD is seeking your input on the PfISD Instructional, Grading and Reporting Guidelines

Please review to the PfISD Instructional, Grading and Reporting Guidelines then use this form to provide suggested edits, changes, and comments with rationales. Your input will be reviewed by a district-level committee. We are collecting emails with these responses in case we need to follow-up. All suggestions will be considered by the district committee but it may not be possible to adopt or implement all suggestions. This forum will be open through March 15, 2019.  Your input is valued and needed.

Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9yAk11C-SYi2gkpmyhdrQdiqFjPnEwCUn6bzBf2jOgW1uiA/viewform?usp=sf_link

   

PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

  • Only a 600-word project summary is required
  • $100-$500 per grant
  • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
  • Funding will be available March 27 and April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

 

Employee Transfer Window Eliminated

To provide our current campus employees with the most flexibility, PfISD has eliminated the previously used "transfer window." Effective this year, campus employees wishing to transfer will no longer be required to apply for transfers during the "transfer window." If an employee sees a job posted within the district they would like to apply for, they need only to inform their campus principal in writing prior to applying. Employees will be required to apply for interested vacancies via our online employment application system. Additionally, the last day for transfer will be moved up one week to June 7th.

Employees who were involuntarily reassigned earlier this school year will have the first opportunity to transfer back to their previous campus.

 

PfISD creates new Surplus Procedures

In an effort to provide better service to our campus staff members, the district's procedures for Surplus staff have changed for the upcoming school year.

Once a campus is aware that staff must be reassigned to another campus due to a decrease in student enrollment, it will begin a three-phase process to determine which staff members in the impacted grade level will be reassigned:

  1. Any volunteers from the specified grade level
  2. Seniority of staff in the grade level impacted
  3. In the event of a tie, a staff member's total years of seniority in PfISD and outside school districts will be factored in.

Paraprofessional staff members are subject to the above rules as well. The Superintendent has ultimate discretion for movement of staff members. Any staff members currently under performance review will not be eligible to be reassigned.

  

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Did you know our district offers an Employee Assistance Program? If you are struggling with grief, depression, work/life balance, relationship/family issues, weight control, etc. you can receive free in-person counseling for up to three visits per issue per year and 24/7 telephone support. http://www.pfisd.net/Page/5707

 

Board Bytes

 

In the February Board Meeting, the Board approved:

  • The sale of approximately 250 million in bonds funded through the Nov. 2018 Bond Election
  • Additional Security Cameras to be Installed at Kelly Lane Middle, Park Crest Middle, and Pflugerville High Ag Barn 
  • Replacement of Fire Alarm System at Kelly Lane Middle School

To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

 

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District honors employees for years of service

Pflugerville ISD hosted its 2019 Employee Service Awards Banquet at the Courtyard Marriott in February. 

District staff and faculty members were honored for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. Each honoree received handmade ceramic pottery.

PfISD Board of Trustees President Vernagene Mott provided opening remarks. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian served as guest speaker.

In May, the district will honor its campus teachers of the year; Elementary, Rookie and Secondary Teachers of the Year; Support Staff of the Year; Humanitarians of the Year; and retirees.

Employees honored

 

Eleven students named to all-state band

Pflugerville ISD placed 11 students on all-state band rosters this year.

Weiss High School sophomore Shonn Olegario was named all-state for the second consecutive year. Olegario made Texas Music Educators Association All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra in tenor trombone.

Seven Hendrickson High School students earned all-state recognition, including seniors Gihvon Bilal (clarinet) and Aidan Grivas (clarinet), who also were named all-state last year.

Hendrickson sophomore Marc Abdallah (oboe) and senior Samuel Simcik (cornet/trumpet) were named to the TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, while junior Brayden Heath (flute), sophomore Hoang-Nghi Nguyen (oboe) and sophomore Mason Willy (euphonium) were named to the TMEA All-State Concert Band.

From Pflugerville High School, sophomore Hannah Raymond (clarinet), senior Jordan Washington (cornet/trumpet) and sophomore Dylan Le tenor (trombone) were named to the TMEA All-State Concert Band.

Pflugerville ISD band students participated in local auditions on Dec. 7-8, with top students advancing to regional auditions. From there, top students advanced to area auditions Jan. 12 in Duncanville, where all-state finalists from Region 26 were determined.

 

coming soon

  • The Big Event community service project: March 8
  • Staff development/student holiday: March 15
  • Spring Break: March 18-22
  • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

 

Perk of the Month

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