Important Dates


June 15 Exhibit of School Architecture
Project submissions due

June 19 TASA/TASB Convention
Housing and registration open

June 30 Business Recognition Program
Deadline to submit businesses and community groups

June 30 TASB Board of Directors
Candidate nominations for TASB Board due

July 1 Leadership TASB
Application deadline

July 3 Advocacy Agenda Resolutions
Deadline to submit resolutions

Aug. 25 TASA/TASB Convention
Housing deposits due

Sept. 8 Delegate Assembly
Delegate and alternate registration deadline

Sept. 22 TASA/TASB Convention
Preregistration deadline

Upcoming Training


June 14 Post-Legislative Conference
Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio

June 15–17 Summer Leadership Institute San Antonio
Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio

June 21 Post-Legislative Conference
Omni, Fort Worth

June 22–24 Summer Leadership Institute Fort Worth
Omni, Fort Worth

July 13 BoardBook Training
TASB Headquarters, Austin

July 14 Texas Council of School Attorneys: 2017 Post-Legislative Seminar
TASB Headquarters, Austin

July 18 Facility Services Training: Asbestos Designated Person
TASB Headquarters, Austin

July 19 Facility Services Training: Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
TASB Headquarters, Austin

July 20 Facility Services Training: Environmental/Facilities Regulatory Compliance
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Aug. 4 TASB/TACCA Post-Legislative Seminar for Community Colleges
TASB Headquarters, Austin

Aug. 9 HR Services Training: Supervisors’ Guide to Managing Employees
ESC 1, Edinburg

More training

Last chance to spotlight your business supporters

Don't miss your opportunity to shine a light on the groups that are sharing time and resources to make your schools successful. June 30 is the deadline to submit businesses for TASB's 2016–17 Business Recognition Program. It's time to say "thank you" to those who stand up for our schools and students. Read more.

Legislature called back for special session

The book was closed on the 85th regular legislative session. However, Governor Greg Abbott announced last week that the Legislature will be heading into a special session in July. The Senate and House will convene July 18, and the special session may last up to 30 days. Read more.

Summer Leadership Institute kicks off this week

School board members will gather in San Antonio this week as the 2017 Summer Leadership Institute begins. This year's conference runs June 15–17 in San Antonio and June 22–24 in Fort Worth. Here are five things you need to know about SLI—even if you aren't able to join us. Read more.

TASB Board nominations due

June 30 is the deadline for school boards to nominate a local trustee for a position on the TASB Board of Directors. District superintendents and board presidents received official notification in early May of TASB Board vacancies or expiring terms for their regions. The forms and instructions are available online. The endorsement process runs July 3–August 29; during this time, local boards may endorse the candidacy of a nominated individual from another board in their region.

Take your leadership skills to the next level

Mark "leadership training" off your bucket list; apply for the 2017–18 Leadership TASB (LTASB) program. The year-long training helps school board trustees take their leadership skills to a new level, while building relationships, discovering solutions for today's education issues, and learning how to address future challenges. Read more.

Check out the new OLC at SLI

Leadership Team Services is excited to launch a new Online Learning Center (OLC) this month. The new OLC offers an even better opportunity to learn on your own time and at your own pace. The system is integrated with myTASB, so users will need only their existing myTASB credentials to access courses. If attending SLI, be sure to stop by the OLC demo table and try it out for yourself. Contact Lisa Carothers if you have questions or need assistance with the OLC.

Who's checking the mail?

The school year is over, and many school districts are getting ready for a summer break. As part of your break checklist, remember to assign someone to check the mail. State agencies often send out time-sensitive notices and forms that require action from districts. Waiting to respond may result in penalties or the waiving of important rights. Districts are advised to assign someone to check mail on a regular basis.

Be the voice of Texas public schools

The fight for Texas public schools isn't done. Texas schools are facing long-term legislative challenges, and it is more important than ever for Texas trustees to stand up and advocate for public schools. Your next step in advocating is the 2017 TASB Delegate Assembly, October 7, in Dallas. Read more.

New in School Law eSource

Updates are complete on three legal resources in the TASB School Law eSource: "Steps to Become a District of Innovation," "Districts of Innovation: Tips for Plan Drafting and Implementation," and "Opting Out of Standardized Tests." TASB Legal Services also has published a new resource in the Instruction section; "Texas Promotion, Graduation, and Credit Requirements" answers frequently asked questions about grade advancement topics, including curriculum and testing requirements, the "90 percent rule," and special populations.

Convention registration and housing open June 19

It's time to start making your plans for the 2017 TASA/TASB Convention. This year's conference is set for October 6–8 in Dallas. Registration and housing open Monday, June 19, and special preregistration pricing will be available through September 22. Read more.

Strengthen your district's connection with parents

For parents with children entering Texas schools for the first time this fall, the next couple of months are going to be full of questions. The My Texas Public School website has the answers parents need. This free web resource, created by TASB, is a great opportunity for districts to build strong relationships with the parents in their communities. To make sharing the site easy, TASB has created web artwork (badges) in various sizes. Districts can place these images on their websites with a link to mytexaspublicschool.org.

TASB Energy Coop launches online quote request form

The TASB Energy Cooperative has launched a new online quote request form to make fuel procurement faster and easier. Simply visit tasb.org/fuel and complete a short form to receive fixed rates from qualified vendors on gasoline, diesel, and propane fuel. Acquiring your district’s fuel products at a fixed rate can help create more budget certainty. The Cooperative can even provide guidance on the best timing to sign and terms to lock-in on a fuel contract.

Thank representatives for supporting public schools

Let your representatives know you appreciate their supporting Texas public schools and opposing vouchers this legislative session. The League of Women Voters of Texas has created a one-click advocacy tool to make it easy to send a thank-you e-mail and tweet to House representatives who voted against vouchers.

Texas educators on '20 to Watch' technology leaders list

Three Texas educators were named to the 2016–17 "20 to Watch" list compiled by the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network. This year's list includes Roland Antoine, deputy chief technology officer in Dallas ISD, Christy Cate, digital innovation consultant for ESC 14, and Brent Clarkson, assistant principal in Katy ISD. The honorees were recognized during the 2017 Consortium for School Networking Conference held this spring in Chicago.

June 16 deadline to nominate school boards

If your school board supports educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives, puts the welfare of students above personal or political motives, and works together to function as a policy-making body, your superintendent should nominate your board for the School Board Awards Program. There is no application form to submit; rather, eligible superintendents should submit data and information that is supportive of the award criteria to their regional ESCs by June 16.

SBOE names 2017 Student Heroes

The State Board of Education (SBOE) recognized 15 Texas public school students as 2017 Student Heroes. This year's honorees are active volunteers in their schools and communities—tutoring, preparing bags of essential items for foster care children, creating a drum line, assisting students with disabilities, and hosting birthday parties for homeless children. The selected students were honored at district events with a certificate recognizing them as a Student Hero by their SBOE members and local school officials.