Shields Appointed to TASB Supplemental Employee Benefits Board

For Release: April 9, 2013
Contact: Barbara Williams, 800.580.8272, ext. 6418
barbara.williams@tasb.org

(Austin) ? Sharon M. Shields of La Vega ISD has been appointed to the TASB Supplemental Employee Benefits board of trustees by Viola Garcia, president of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Shields has served as La Vega’s superintendent since 2006.

A former counselor and principal, Shields has held the positions of executive director and assistant superintendent for instructional services with the district. She serves on the executive committee of the Texas Association of School Administrators and board of directors for Pack of Hope and Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools.

In other community activities, she serves on the board of the Bellmead Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Texas Community Health Center, Inc., and Madison Cooper Foundation. Shields was selected as a state finalist for TASB Superintendent of the Year and Education Service Center Region 12 Superintendent of the Year. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Baylor University and doctorate from Texas A&M University.

TASB Supplemental Employee Benefits is a nonprofit program that offers school districts a number of employer-paid and employee-paid benefits, including group life, group long-term disability, and Section 125 administration. Created under the Texas Interlocal Cooperation Act, the program is administered by First Public, a wholly owned subsidiary of TASB, which offers districts the added comfort of oversight from a trusted source.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately 5 million public school students.