Five Texas School Boards Selected as 2019 Honor School Boards
08.01.2019 — Five school boards from across Texas have been selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2019 TASA School Board Awards. Each year, the program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for commitment and service that has made a positive impact on Texas public school students.
Frenship ISD Board of Trustees, nominated by Superintendent Michelle McCord
The committee was impressed that the Frenship ISD Board’s commitment to the district’s vision and beliefs has built a culture of support for students, teachers, staff and community.
“Our board demonstrates an unshakeable resolve to accomplish our vision of ‘seeking perfection and capturing excellence’ for every child, every day,” said McCord. “They have a reputation of strong, thoughtful and consistent leadership that is aligned with the community’s values. They honor the past to provide momentum for the future.”
Harlingen CISD Board of Trustees, nominated by Superintendent Art Cavazos
“Our board members have overcome adversity to have a seat at the dais, and they bring an insurmountable amount of creative acumen, intellectual power, and sharpness each time they meet to make impactful and vital decisions for their community and students,” said Cavazos. “I am honored to have a seat among them.”
Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees, nominated by Superintendent DeeAnn Powell
Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees, nominated by Superintendent JJ Villarreal
The committee was impressed that the RISD Board of Trustees has led the effort to plan and execute the district’s transformational vision for the future of RISD students, and that the trustees clearly value relationships, innovation and excellence in all aspects of the school experience.
Tyler ISD Board of Trustees, nominated by Superintendent Marty Crawford
The committee was impressed that through leadership and dedication, the Tyler ISD Board has set the course for the future of the school district focused on early literacy, college readiness, and career and technical education while supporting school transformational initiatives and school programs.
“As a school superintendent, you have to love what you do, why you do it, and who you do it for. Those all check off for me in Tyler, Texas, and it starts with our board of trustees,” said Crawford. “They are a professional group, able to consider what it will take for successful student outcomes and community success while putting aside individual preferences, all in the name of defeating tradition and reputation, rewriting the Tyler ISD story as incredible.”
- Beeville ISD Board of Trustees, Region 2 (large district), Marc Puig, nominating superintendent
- Premont ISD Board of Trustees, Region 2 (small district), Steve VanMatre, nominating superintendent
- Bridge City ISD Board of Trustees, Region 5, Todd Lintzen, nominating superintendent
- Denton ISD Board of Trustees, Region 11, Jamie Wilson, nominating superintendent
- Copperas Cove ISD Board of Trustees, Region 12, Joe Burns, nominating superintendent
- Giddings ISD Board of Trustees, Region 13, Roger Dees, nominating superintendent
- Canyon ISD Board of Trustees, Region 16, Darryl Flusche, nominating superintendent
- Boerne ISD Board of Trustees, Region 20, Thomas Price, nominating superintendent
The five Honor Boards were selected by a committee of Texas school superintendents, chaired by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Superintendent Robin Ryan, whose school board was named the Outstanding School Board for 2018. The selection committee’s decisions were based on criteria that includes support for educational performance, support for educational improvement projects, commitment to a code of ethics, and maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among board members.