In January 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will release a new version of Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate. The W-4 is the document used by Payroll to process the federal taxes withheld from your paycheck. Changes to the W-4 are the result of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and the most significant since the introduction of the document in 1943. The 2020 Form W-4 will be available after January 1, 2020.
Employees arenot required to submit a new W-4 if they have an existing W-4 on file. However, the IRS recommends that a “paycheck checkup” be done to see if adjustments to your current withholding are needed. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator at https://apps.irs.gov/app/tax-withholding-estimator. To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and your most recent personal income tax return.
Again, you are not required to change your W-4. The income tax withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form if you do not submit a new form. The Payroll department cannot give tax advice and recommends that you consult with your tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service if you have any questions about the new form.
The Birdville Education Foundation Innovative Teacher Grant applications are due Friday, Dec. 6. Any grant applications received after Dec. 6 by a teacher or department will not be considered. All grant applications submitted by Dec. 6 will be bundled by campus or department and sent to the principals/administrators by the Education Foundation for final approval and signature the week of Dec. 9. All grants approved by the principals will need to be electronically signed by the principals by close of business Dec. 13.
Congratulations to Shelly Lansford, one of BISD’s Digital Learning Specialists, is now a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. She is one of only 51 educators in the state of Texas that have earned this achievement.
Mindy Antsey, a teacher with Porter Elementary School, was recently honored with the Charles Pickitt Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) during 2019 ATPE Summit held at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.
“ATPE is proud to recognize outstanding educators in Texas,” said Shannon Holmes, Ed.D., ATPE Executive Director. “The educators honored this year were selected because of their dedication to giving our children the highest quality of education and for inspiring the next generation of educators.”
The Charles Pickitt Educator of the Year Awards annually recognizes ATPE members who demonstrate exceptional or innovative capabilities in their respective educational fields. This year’s winners each received a $5,000 prize along with their awards.
Antsey was honored on stage at the 2019 ATPE Summit Awards Luncheon, which saw hundreds of educators gather to celebrate the achievements of public school employees from across Texas. With nearly 100,000 members statewide, ATPE is the largest educators’ association in the state and serves as a major voice for public education.
Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointments of Chad Paris as principal of W.A. Porter Elementary and Jody Fadely as principal at Richland Middle School. Paris is replacing Greg Bicknell, who was recently named assistant director of student services; and Fadely is replacing Mark McCanlies, who was recently named principal at Richland High School.
Paris has been the full-time assistant principal at Porter Elementary since 2017. Prior to 2017, he split time as assistant principal between Richland and Porter elementary schools from 2015–17, and assistant principal at Binion Elementary from 2010–15. Paris also taught at Hardeman Elementary from 2008–10 and North Ridge Elementary from 1997–2007.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University.
Fadely has been the principal at Foster Village Elementary since 2016. Prior to Foster Village, she was principal at Brown Middle School in Forney ISD from 2008–16, assistant principal at T.H. McDonald Junior High School in Katy ISD from 2000–08, assistant principal at Mayde Creek Elementary in Katy ISD from July 1998–2000, and assistant principal at Splendora Intermediate School in Splendora ISD from 1991–98. Fadely also has nine years teaching experience in grades 4-8.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and master’s degree from The University of North Texas.
We are making plans for Convocation 2019 on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and we need your help. If you have a child(ren) or grandchild(ren) attending school in BISD, please send us their picture. The pictures can be in any setting and dress should be appropriate. (Please no shirtless or bathing suit pictures.) Pictures may be used at various times during Convocation, and in marketing pieces for the District that tell our community that we trust our child’s education to Birdville ISD. Send your pictures to email@example.com.
There were 47 campuses and non-auxiliary departments that had NO slip, trip, or fall injuries in the months of January and February. Our two winners for this reward period were North Oaks Middle School and Hardeman Elementary. Congratulations winners!
Both campuses won a delicious catered breakfast for all employees from Chick-fil-A.
The Safety Incentive program (Phase 2) for March and April is currently underway. Two winning campuses with no slip, trip, or fall injuries will be randomly chosen in May.