San Marcos CISD certified employees and substitute teachers began the fingerprinting process on September 5, 2008, in compliance with Senate Bill 9 passed by the state legislature in 2007 in an effort to insure the safety of students in Texas public schools. Included were all SMCISD employees who currently hold or have ever held a certificate issued by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC), including certified paraprofessionals. As of January 1, 2008, this law requires that all new non-certified district employees be finger-printed prior to being hired. In addition, SB-9 also mandates that all certified individuals be fingerprinted. In preparation, all SMCISD certified employees visited the SBEC web site and updated their educator profiles, ensuring that all information submitted to the Texas Education Agency was current. TEA indicated that certified employees working for a Texas school district during the 2006-2007 school year would have their fingerprinting paid for by the state. For those employees who did not meet the criteria, the employees had to pay the fees. SMCISD had a total of 30 employees who were required to pay their own fees.
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(Below) Kathy Callender of Human Resources is fingerprinted by David Gonzales of Identix.
Photo by: Iris Campbell