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January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month

January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Huntsville ISD joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for public education.
“Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. Overall, they represent you and take their leadership roles seriously by attending lengthy meetings; broadening their knowledge at conferences and seminars; and talking about the schools with business leaders, parents, and neighbors,” said Dr. Howell Wright, Huntsville ISD Superintendent of Education.
“Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication of these local citizens who work without pay. So each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages communities to show  ppreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students. The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow,” he said.

The recent HISD Strategic Design process is one example of the board’s commitment to the future of this school district. Their focus on community engagement and affording multiple opportunities for citizen involvement and input on what we want for our students and graduates has been refreshing and very well received by our stakeholders. As a result of this strategic design
process, the community has inspired the direction for our vision and goals for at least the next five years. The board recognized the need to reach out to stakeholders, and in doing so learned that the consensus is we all want our students to be successful, flexible, future-ready and able to compete in a global world. We all desire our district to be a reputable and respected, high-performing organization. We are so pleased and proud of the response shown from our community during this process, and we thank the board for initiating it this school year.

Currently serving the HISD Board of Trustees are officers: President, Patrick Antwi; Vice President, Tracy Stoudt; Secretary, Sam Moak; and trustees J.T. Langley, Rissie Owens, Trey Wharton and Karin Olson Williams.

The board will be recognized during the January regular monthly Board meeting on Thursday, January 28, at 6 PM in the Hawkins Administration Building Boardroom, 441 FM 2821 E, where district campuses will make special presentation to the board to show their appreciation to the trustees for their work.

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $64.3 Million, over 6,900 students, 880 employees, 8 campuses plus 3 online preparatory magnet schools. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future,” Wright said.

Information and photo provided by HISD.

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