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What Is The Texas School For The Blind And Visually Impaired?

TSBVI serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus through Comprehensive Programs or Short Term Programs.  The TSBVI Outreach Programs serve as a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.

The other major divisions of TSBVI are:

  • School and Student Services (student admissions and records);
  • Business, Operations and Technology (budgeting, accounting, purchasing, payroll, supply warehouse, maintenance, food service, security, transportation, duplication and technology); and
  • Executive Administration (superintendent's office, human resources, curriculum, legal, internal audit and risk management).

 

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THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS

Please refer to the Current Job Vacancies and Application Information page for more information on how to apply..

We strive to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. It is our intention to fully comply with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including fulfilling requests by applicants and employees for reasonable accommodation. If you, as an applicant, need accommodation for any aspect of the employment process, please let us know.

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ANNUAL TERM OF EMPLOYMENT

The TSBVI calendar is based on the school year. Depending on their positions, employees work either year-around or while school is in session only. The regular school year extends from mid-August through late May; then, in the months of June and July, TSBVI operates a number of special summer programs of varying lengths and types. Employment in those programs is based on student enrollment and is not guaranteed. For employees whose jobs do not permit them to work when school is not in session, part of that time off may be covered by annual leave (vacation) earned but not used during the school year, but the majority of the time off is leave without pay. It is important to note that accepting employment at TSBVI may mean having significant amounts of leave without pay each year, depending on your position.

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HOLIDAYS

Because our calendar is based on the school year, we observe a different holiday schedule than most other state agencies. Students go home and the school is closed for four days at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, and one week at Spring Break. Because the total number of these holidays usually exceeds the number of state holidays by several days in any given year, employees must use annual or other leave to make up the difference. Employees who do not have adequate leave to cover the excess of school during state holidays will be placed on leave without pay status and have the appropriate amount deducted from their pay.

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BENEFITS

All TSBVI employees become members of the State of Texas Employees Retirement System which results in an automatic monthly payroll deduction of 9.5% contributed toward eventual retirement benefits. Employee contributions are refunded if employment terminates before retirement is reached.

A selection of health care plans and various forms of optional insurance are available to our employees and their dependents.

The State's contribution to employees' insurance premiums is sufficient to cover the cost of health insurance for full-time employees (30 hrs /week) with no dependents. Part-time employees (less than 30 hrs/week) pay 50% of their health insurance premium. For benefits purposes only, a full-time employee is an employee who is regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hrs/week.

Full-time employees (40 hrs/week) earn paid sick leave at the rate of 8 hours per month and at least 8 hours of annual leave (vacation) per month. Earned leave is pro-rated for part-time employees (less than 40 hrs/week). The amount of annual leave earned monthly increases with the length of state service.

These and other optional benefits will be explained fully to applicants who are offered and accept employment.

NOTE: Some of the above information about leave and holidays will vary somewhat for contract employees (primarily teachers).

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QUESTIONS?

For all questions related to employment at TSBVI, please contact the Human Resources Department at one of the following:

(512) 206-9129 -- Main HR Number
 

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