Aldine ISD joins the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and other districts across the state this month to honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for schoolchildren and public schools.
“School board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These elected officials establish the policies that provide the framework for our schools.
“They provide vision and leadership. They continuously stand up for public education,” said Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, superintendent of schools. “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, our board is responsible for approving the annual budget as well as providing direction and oversight of every AISD campus.”
Through the Board’s leadership, Aldine ISD year after year earns the top financial rating under the Schools Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).
“Our board members come from diverse backgrounds,” said AISD Board President Steve Mead. “Some Board members are retirees while others are working professionals or active volunteers.
“Although we wear many hats, we come together as a team to work toward a common goal — helping students achieve.”
Schools will develop their own way of saying “thank you.” Some will create cards and gift baskets to give to Board members. The District will officially recognize Trustees at the Board meeting set for Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Donaldson Administration Building, located at 2520 W.W. Thorne Blvd. (Houston, TX 77073). The Board meeting will start at 7 p.m.
Steve Mead, President — Position 5
Elected in 2004
Conception “Connie” Esparza, Vice President — Position 4
Appointed in February 2017
Dr. Kimberley Booker, Secretary — Position Six
Appointed in February 2017
Paul Shanklin, Assistant Secretary — Position 2
Appointed in December of 2014
Rose Ávalos, Member — Position 3
Elected in May 2006
Dr. Viola M. García, Member — Position 7
Appointed in 1992
Patricia Ann Bourgeois, Member — Position 1
Elected in November 2013
Over the years, the Aldine ISD Board of Education has earned various recognitions. In 2013, AISD’s board was named a finalist for H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Award. That same year, Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) named Aldine the Outstanding School Board winner. Additionally, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) named Aldine a finalist for the Texas Outstanding School Board honor.
Trustees also garnered the Region 4 Honor Board recognition in 1973 and 1998. During those two years, TASA bestowed AISD Trustees with the Texas Outstanding School Board honor. The American School Board Journal also honored the AISD Board of Trustees with a Magna Award in 1998.
“It’s more important than ever before that the community support public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow,“said Goffney. “Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them.
“Let them know that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.”
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