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May 14, 2019 Communique


May 2019 Monthly Reminders:

Admin & Leadership

-Establish/post summer central office hours

-Continue hiring using campus input

-Gun-free schools report available

-Review Graduation Program on Student Expression FMH and FNA (LEGAL & LOCAL)

Federal/State Programs

-Complete local evaluations for Federal Programs & State Comp Ed.

-Annual Evaluation of district and campus parental involvement policies


-Review student attendance figures as compared to prior year & budget projections

School Board

May elections (BBB Legal)(TEC§3.004-3.005)

-Canvass Trustee elections results (TEC§67.003A)

-Reorganize Board of Trustees (TEC§11.061C)

-Local orientation for new Board members

-Update AskTED with changes in Board membership

-Statement of Office and Oath of Office for all new Trustees

-Schedule ESC Orientation to the Code for new Board members within the first 120 days of being installed (BBD Legal)

-Review/amend Student Code of Conduct (TEC7.105)

-Formative superintendent evaluation

-Approve waivers as needed

Special Education

-FY18 MOE Preliminary Compliance Review released by TEA

-2018-2019 Substitute System of Federal Time-and-Effort Reporting (optional system) LEA Management Certification due (to be effective for summer semester if September 2018 and December 2018 deadlines missed)

-2019-2020 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application opens June 3rd


May 20th:

TSDS PEIMS ready for users to Complete, Approve, and Accept Summer Submissions



“Coincidence: remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection; fate.” Heartwarming stories abound of inexplicable coincidences that enrich and reward those who are involved in the event and those who hear the stories. Each week we hear these types of stories over and over.


Just last week some viewers of the national evening news heard the wonderful story of two families who happened to be at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game the same evening. John, a member of one of the families, is a heart transplant recipient. While, John did not know the name of the young man whose heart beat in his chest, he had received a picture of the young man. What are the chances that another family attending the game had a picture of the young donor on T-Shirts that they were wearing? It might be unlikely, but one of John’s family members mentioned to him that the picture looked a lot like the picture of his donor.


John approached a member of the other family to say that he thought he was alive that day because of their loved one’s gift of his heart. After a brief give-and-take, it was determined that the picture of the young man on the family’s shirts was, in fact, the donor of John’s heart. In an emotional scene, John hugged each family member close to his chest so that they could each hear their loved one’s heart beat one more time.

With tears flowing freely, everyone from both families said that the day’s event had been incredible and life-changing! 


Louis Malfaro is the president of one of the Texas teachers’ groups. He shared recently a story that is filled with once-in-a-lifetime coincidences. Mr. Malfaro was speaking on the steps of the state Capitol in March, and his remarks were broadcast across the state. Aisha Lee, a former student of Malfaro’s when he was a classroom teacher, heard his speech and reached out to him. In a post on Facebook, Aisha asked Louis if he remembered her. His answer shocked her. He replied to the query, “Remember you? Your picture hangs on the wall of my office!”

ms lee

These are Ms. Lee’s words posted online, “[The] photo was taken when I was 8 or 9 years old at Blackshear Elementary in Austin, Texas. Candidate for governor Ann Richards, who later became governor of Texas, stopped by my school and met with teachers and students. Mr. Malfaro is in the picture with me, Ann Richards, and my best friend Ashland…I write all of this to say that you never know who you will inspire in this thing called life. Live a life that is worthy of inspiration, and the lives you touch will be immeasurable…I thank those that have paved the way for me to be who and what I am today.”


And who and what is Aisha Lee today? She is a person who describes herself as dedicated to service, and serving as a teacher in the New Boston ISD!


With the last few school days of the 2018-2019 school year speeding by, it is a good time to reflect on a life-changing coincidence that happened each school year; the assigning of students to teachers. With that one act, administrators often change the direction of students’ lives. In a recent poll, 91% of Americans said that when they were in school they had a teacher who had a large impact upon their lives. Hopefully, each student/teacher relationship in Texas schools is as rewarding as the one between Aisha Lee and Mr. Malfaro.





T4 Training: TACS, Tips, Tools, and the Template


Registration has officially opened for our annual T4 Training! This one-day workshop held in Austin focuses on school finance and walks participants through the TEA finance template. This year the training will be led by seasoned school district managers Randy McDowell and Lance Terrell. T4 is a great resource for new superintendents or anyone who wants to brush up on budgeting strategies for their district. Please feel free to pass this information along to any educators who may be interested!


T4 Training is held on Tuesday, July 30th at the TCEA Headquarters. Find more information and register here.

Corporate Partner Spotlight: AIM


AIM is a Dallas, TX based insurance agency that provides commercial insurance to educational based non- profits. We have been working with schools for 30 years providing their staff with Professional Liability and insuring their PTA’s, PTO’s and Booster Clubs. We insure more than 22,000 school support organizations and educators across all 50 states. We excel at providing superior customer service and offering coverage that is simple and affordable. 


Today, we are the largest writer of insurance for Parent Teacher Associations in the country and we are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to partner with TACS for 30 years.



The #TxEdTuesday social media campaign is underway, and we hope our member districts and their schools will take part to raise awareness about the positive stories and work of Texas public schools, teachers, and students. Be sure to follow @TxEdTuesday on Twitter, and share your posts each Tuesday using the hashtags: #TxEdTuesday, #txlege and #txed. Our schools are doing great things, so let’s share them!


#TxEdTuesday themes for April and May include:

May 14               College & Career Ready

May 21               Celebrate Your Custodians 

May 28               Celebrate a Successful Year

Have Your School Featured in TACS Today Magazine!

There are just a few weeks left to show off your school district!

We are starting to assemble this year's issue of TACS Today! Each fall, Texas Association of Community Schools gives districts, corporate partners, associate members, and legislators a copy of our TACS Today magazine. We would love to include some of the exciting and innovative things going on in small and mid-sized districts across our state and your district could be highlighted in our September 2019 issue with a circulation of over 900.

Please consider submitting (or having a staff member submit) a program or activity that is working well in your district. For more information on our magazine and the article submissions, please contact Dr. Crystal Dockery, Deputy Executive Director, at 512-440-8227 or

Deadline is June 1, 2019.

Thank you!

Save these Dates!

July 30

T4 (TACS, Tips, Tools & The Template) Training. Register now!

September 8-10

TACS San Antonio Conference, Hilton Palacio del Rio

Registration info coming soon.


Contact Information

Texas Association of Community Schools
1011 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 204
Austin, Texas 78701-1924
Phone: (512) 440-8227
Fax: (512) 442-6705

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