2021 Outstanding School Board Named - Press Release
Five Texas School Boards Selected as 2021 Honor School Boards
(Austin, TX) Five school boards from across Texas have been selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2021 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.
The five Honor Boards were selected by a committee of Texas school superintendents, chaired by Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Superintendent Steve Chapman, whose school board was named the Outstanding School Board for 2020. The selection committee’s decisions were based on criteria that include: 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.
The five school boards selected as 2021 Texas Honor School Boards are:
Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, Region 11, Susan Bohn, nominating superintendent
“One of the best things about [the members of the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees] is that they model for all of the rest of us in our district and community that they are never great enough for kids and how to work every day to be better than you were the day before,” Bohn wrote in her nomination of the board. “In Aledo, we call this “growing greatness.”
That growth mindset was one factor that made the Aledo board stand out for the TASA School Board Awards Committee, along with the board’s focused policymaking process, level of community engagement, and well-established instructional focus and assessment framework.
Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, Region 10, Marc Smith, nominating superintendent
“In addition to their unity and respect for one another, what has impressed me [about the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees] during the time we have worked together is how responsive and receptive the trustees are to feedback from our stakeholders,” Smith wrote in his nomination. “They want to hear from our parents, teachers, and community members to determine how best to meet the needs of our students.”
The judging committee was similarly impressed by the Duncanville board’s outreach to students and the community, noting that board members visited students at home last school year when COVID kept them from their classrooms. The committee also noted the board’s well-articulated strategic plan, well-rounded curriculum plan, kinder readiness plan, and their intentional monitoring of student growth.
Hays CISD Board of Trustees, Region 13, Eric Wright, nominating superintendent
“With increased challenges – the pandemic, reconciling the past, the bond, and even a winter storm like no other! – the work of the district continued,” wrote Wright in his nomination of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees. “The education of students, the safety of families and staff, and the preparations for the future endured. The Board stood steadfast at the helm, offered help and direction, and guided the district through the most unusual year on record. Unprecedented times called for extraordinary leadership, and the Board met the challenge.”
What stood out to the judging committee was the Hays CISD board’s steadfastness in “reconciling the past” with their unanimous decision to change the district’s mascot. The committee was also impressed by the board’s efforts to seek feedback from the community, noting the district’s “Hey Hays?!” central feedback portal through which community members may ask questions or simply share ideas.
Mission CISD Board of Trustees, Region 1, Carol Perez, nominating superintendent
“Working with such an outstanding, conscientious board for the last three years has been the highlight of my career,” wrote Perez in her nomination, in which she detailed the many areas of focus for the board from salary increases and the wellness of staff to service delivery for students. ” … Mission CISD’s Board of Trustees has been supportive and instrumental in working to continually change the world for our students, staff, and community!”
What stood out to the judging committee about the Mission CISD Board of Trustees was the board’s work on a curriculum audit for the district, increasing the district’s fund balance, and improving the district culture.
Tomball ISD Board of Trustees, Region 4, Martha Salazar-Zamora, nominating superintendent
“In 2020, the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees never lost focus,” wrote Salazar-Zamora in her nomination. “In a year of uncertainty, they never let obstacles be the excuse to not serve students and families. In a year of change, they never faltered in their leadership. Tomball ISD Board of Trustees’ vision, commitment and harmonious working relationship for our students, staff and families never relinquished, and the District is the stronger for their efforts.”
The judging committee commented that the Tomball board, through stability and strategic planning, has helped the district excel in the integration of curriculum and technology and student performance. They noted that the board is very involved, agenda-driven, and that they “walk the talk.”
The five boards are now finalists for the program’s highest honor: 2021 Outstanding School Board. They will be interviewed at txEDCON, the TASA|TASB Convention, in Dallas, where one board will be named Outstanding School Board on September 25. The other Honor Boards, as well as the regional winners, will also be recognized at that time.
Since 1971, the TASA school board awards program has honored Texas school district boards of trustees that have demonstrated dedication to student achievement and that put students first.
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July 14, 2021
Aledo ISD Wins Regional School Board Award
(White Settlement, TX). The Aledo ISD school board has been selected as the 2021 Region 11 (north-central Texas) winner of the School Board Awards program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). This selection marks a district awards sweep for the district, whose superintendent (Dr. Susan Bohn) was recently named the regional Superintendent of the Year.
A panel of local school superintendents selected Aledo ISD’s board as the Region 11 representative for this prestigious awards program. The board’s application has now been forwarded to TASA to be considered for the state-level award. The school board award, created by TASA in 1971, was designed to recognize those school boards that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and have rendered ethical service to the children of Texas. The criteria emphasizes evidence of support for the improvement of educational performance.
The application process involves creating a digital booklet of information and documentation that address the following topics related to board activities:
- Functions as a policy-making body
- Adherence to adopted board policies
- Support for educational performance in accordance with state-established standards
- Support for educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives
- Commitment to a code of ethics
- Provision of financial support for the school system
- Participation in workshops and other performance-improvement programs
- Placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above personal or political motives
- Public relations efforts, including community awareness
- Maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among board members
To participate in this awards program, school superintendents must nominate their school board and submit the application to their regional education service center. The selection panel, which is comprised of area school district superintendents, evaluates the applications received and rates how well each applicant addressed the ten areas of focus.
Aledo ISD’s school board will now join 19 other boards from across Texas that will be considered for the state award. The TASA selection committee will review all 20 regional entries and announce five finalists on August 11. These finalists, designated as “Honor Boards,” will then be interviewed by the state selection committee, and the state winner will be named the “Texas Outstanding School Board” for 2021. All five boards will be recognized at the TASA/TASB Convention in September.
Any Texas superintendent who is a member of TASA and has been serving as the district superintendent since July 1, 2019, may nominate their school board for this award.
Region 11 is one of 20 education service center regions in the state. It covers ten counties in north-central Texas that include 76 traditional public school districts and 76 charter school campuses.
For more information, contact:
Lori Burton, Chief Communications Officer
ESC Region 11
(817) 740-3690 or (817) 235-4809 (cell)