January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas and Alvin, Friendswood and Pearland ISDs are joining other districts across the state to thank local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for children and public schools. This year’s state theme is Champions for Kids.
The board functions as the district’s policy-making body, with administrative staff carrying out the policies set by the board. Trustees model effective school board practices, working as a team to benefit the districts’ students.
To highlight the celebration of Board members in January, the seven trustees in Friendswood ISD were “adopted” by a campus in the district at the recent January 9 board meeting.
Each year the location rotates for each member. During the month it is not unusual for visitors to campuses see a board member at lunch or in a classroom, lab or special program. The campus invites the members to all events of interest to showcases what students are accomplishing.
A small token of appreciation was also given to board members by the principals and executive directors at the meeting.
Current Friendswood ISD Board members include President Rebecca Hillenburg, former junior high principal and teacher in FISD; Vice President Tony Hopkins, a partner with Arroyo Energy Investment Partners; Secretary David Montz, D.D.S., and members Matt Robinson, M.D.; Robert McCabe, attorney and mediator at Thompson, Coe, Cousins and Irons LLP in Houston; Rev. Ralph Hobratschk, senior pastor of Hope Lutheran Church; and Laura Seifert, founder of YES. Ministries, a discipleship ministry in Houston.
“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” Superintendent Trish Hanks, said.
Story by Karolyn Gephart