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Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Named 2015 Outstanding School Board

Cy-Fair Board of Trustees 10.02.2015 — TASA named the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees the 2015 Outstanding School Board today at the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin. Since 1971, the TASA School Board Awards program has honored outstanding Texas school boards that have demonstrated commitment to their students and to their communities.

The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board was chosen from among five finalists that were interviewed by a committee of Texas school superintendents chaired by the superintendent of the 2014 Outstanding School Board, Dr. Marcelo Cavazos of Arlington ISD.

The selection committee’s decision was based on several criteria, including the board’s support for educational performance, educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives, commitment to a code of ethics, and placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above other motives.

“The members of the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees demonstrate their commitment to the district’s slogan, ‘Every Student, Every Day.’ They continue to undergo tremendous change and growth while focusing on closing the achievement gap and meeting the needs of every student, every day,” said Cavazos. “They have earned strong support from their community, as demonstrated by their recent $1.2 billion bond package. Their success is not surprising given that board members adhere to a standard of common sense and common courtesy.”

A district of more than 111,000 students in Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD serves a diverse student population that includes nearly 50 percent economically disadvantaged students.

“We as a board, are committed to putting action to our words as we continuously ‘find a way’ to make all students successful,” said Don Ryan, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD school board president. “Complete success will only come when 100 percent of our students walk across the stage to receive a diploma.”

In addition to the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD board, the other four finalists, or “Honor Boards,” were recognized at the TASA/TASB Convention: Gunter ISD, Region 10; La Joya ISD, Region 1; North East ISD, Region 20; and Socorro ISD, Region 19.

The Regional Honor Boards, also honored at the convention, were: Albany ISD, Region 14; Colorado ISD, Region 14; Elgin ISD, Region 13; Floydada ISD, Region 17; Fort Hancock ISD, Region 19; Midland ISD, Region 18; Paint Rock ISD, Region 15; San Angelo ISD, Region 15; Texarkana ISD, Region 8; Wink-Loving ISD, Region 18; and Wylie ISD, Region 10.

*Photo by Patrick Morris, TASB