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Summer Stone, School Operations Coordinator
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E-Mail: sstone@esc7.net
2020 Region 7 School Board of the Year Announced
07/22/2020

Region 7 Education Service Center is proud to announce Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees as the 2020 Regional School Board of the Year. The WISD Board of Trustees will serve as the regional representative in this year’s Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards Program.

 Whitehouse ISD Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran nominated the board for the award, stating that “Whitehouse ISD continues to excel because of the outstanding leadership provided by the Board of Trustees. President Greg Hood and the entire board are committed to the Strategic Plan of the district and to monitor progress regularly. The team expects nothing less than excellence from themselves, the staff, and our entire organization.”

 In 2019, WISD was awarded an impressive 32 distinctions, all earned on all of their campuses, and a district distinction for Post-Secondary Readiness. The board has also supported the 1:1 Technology Initiative for grades 6-12 to support learning any time, any place, at any pace. Professional Learning Communities have also been implemented to support collaboration between teachers, grade-level teams, and campuses to ensure the effective alignment of curriculum PK-12.

 In addition to their strides in academics, the WISD Board of Trustees also passed a $94.8 million bond package in 2016 to provide new facilities, renovations, and security upgrades across the district. Additions to the district included replacements of the junior high campus and the Brown Elementary campus, addition of academic classrooms to the high school, renovation and addition to the transportation facility, addition of fine arts classrooms, and renovation of Brown Elementary as an Education Support Center.

 “When a person volunteers their time and energy to a cause, they hope that cause has a common goal, and that their fellow volunteers are all striving for that goal. As a part of the Whitehouse ISD school board, I can definitively state that we are all pulling in the same direction towards a common goal: to inspire and equip students through innovative and challenging opportunities,” said board member Al Flanagan.

Texas school superintendents who are TASA members and meet other criteria may nominate their boards of trustees for the TASA School Board Awards. Committees of TASA members organized by Texas’ regional education service centers review the nominations and select up to two school boards for consideration for the state-level awards: one with fewer than 1,000 students and one with 1,000 or more students.

 TASA’s School Board Awards Committee will meet virtually in early August to select up to five of the nominated boards to be recognized as Honor Boards. Those finalists will be interviewed this fall, and the 2020 Outstanding School Board will be announced.

 The TASA School Board Awards Program was established in 1971 to recognize the dedication and service of school boards that make a positive impact on the schoolchildren of Texas.

 TASA is the professional association for Texas school superintendents and other administrators. The mission of the organization, which focuses on professional learning, advocacy and member engagement, is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.

 Region 7 ESC is committed to district, charter and student success by providing quality programs and services that meet or exceed customer expectations. One of 20 regional education service centers statewide, Region 7 ESC participates in the planning development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of innovative educational programs for 96 school districts and 10 charter schools in the counties of Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Rains, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Panola, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood. For more information, visit www.esc7.net.


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