School Board Appreciation

West Sabine ISD celebrates School Board Recognition Month this January

(Pineland, Texas)– January is School Board Recognition Month and West Sabine ISD is honored to celebrate its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district’s schools and students.

“Our school board members are selfless volunteers who spend long hours working to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow,” Superintendent Dr. Carnelius D. Gilder said. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”  At the regular board meeting, our trustees were honored with a special dinner provided by the Culinary Arts Classes, tokens of appreciation from the various student organizations, and artwork and letters from classes.

School Board members serve as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. Local school board responsibilities can be grouped into the following five categories:

  • Adopt goals and priorities and monitor successes

  • Adopt policies and review for effectiveness

  • Hire and evaluate the superintendent

  • Adopt a budget and set a tax rate

  • Communicate with the community

“School boards are essential to a strong public education system,” Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Director Dan Troxell said. “They provide the local governance and oversight that makes it possible for school districts to serve students, including establishing a strategic plan, adopting policies, approving a budget and selecting and evaluating a superintendent. It’s fitting that we celebrate them in January as their leadership is key to the success of every school district in Texas.”

Board members serving West Sabine ISD are: Kim Rhame, Keith McCroskey, Zach Hall, Sharon Byley, Tracee Collins, Lisa Lane, Michael McClelland WSISD School Board.


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