Help steer future public education policy in Texas

TASB staff will be hitting the road soon, traveling the state to hear from trustees like you at regional Grassroots Meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for school leaders to gather and discuss the most important legislative issues facing their schools. Trustees and superintendents should first complete the short online survey, which identifies key issues to be addressed. Next, meetings are held in each region January through March. The input you give at these meetings gives shape to TASB's Advocacy Agenda. “This is one event all school board members should make every attempt to attend," TASB President Ted Beard said. Learn more about Grassroots Meetings.

How to get started as a new trustee or board officer

Many local school boards are welcoming new members and electing new officers. It’s a time of transition as trustees learn about their new responsibilities and boards get back to district business. Our upcoming training opportunities can help you get oriented. New trustees can join a one-hour webinar December 8 or a full-day training January 19. For new officers, a variety of training is available to help you learn the roles of an officer and tips for running an effective meeting. See the offerings

Governance Camp puts student voice front and center

Governance Camp will take place March 2-5 in Galveston. The event prioritizes student voice and engagement. On Friday of the conference, students lead breakout sessions and panels on how they are impacting their schools and changing them for the better. Hear from students firsthand about what is and what isn’t working for them when it comes to their education. The event's call for presentations on leadership, governance, and student voice is open through December 10. Student Voice panel and scholarship applications are due January 14. Get the details on Governance Camp

You’ve been challenged! Say thank you to an educator in your life.

It’s no secret that educators are suffering from burnout due to stress. Over the past two years, teachers and school staff have faced unprecedented challenges, from juggling both in-person and online classes simultaneously to enforcing health protocols based on constantly changing guidance. So, help us spread gratitude and kindness to all Texas educators by showing them how much their hard work is appreciated! Join the #appreciatED challenge.

On a mission: TASB President on involvement, leadership

TASB 2021–22 President Ted Beard understands why he’s committed to public education and his community. His parents schooled him from an early age. “I learned many lessons, two of which were the importance of public education and selfless service,” he said. “They have been my primary motivating factors for getting involved as a school board member.” A Longview ISD trustee since 1998, his eight-year service on the TASB Board of Directors culminated in September with his election as 2021–22 TASB president at the TASA | TASB Convention in Dallas. Learn more about Beard.

A Q&A with State Board of Education Chair Keven Ellis

State Board of Education Chair Keven Ellis, a former Lufkin ISD trustee, was recently appointed to the Education Commission of the States by Gov. Greg Abbott. Ellis, a chiropractor, was a Lufkin ISD trustee from 2012 to 2016, serving as board president in 2015–16. Texas Lone Star magazine recently sat down with Ellis to ask how his local board service has informed his perspective on the State Board, what his recent appointment to the Education Commission of the States entails, and what he views as the State Board’s successes and challenges. Read the interview

School Board Recognition Month planning kit now online

Each January, we honor the community volunteers who serve on their local school boards. The 2022 School Board Recognition theme is Rising Above. TASB's online planning kit includes sample materials and artwork that districts can use to celebrate trustees. New this year! Customizable graphics allow districts to add their logo or board photos to the premade images. Access the planning kit

Superintendent salary details published

Statewide data highlights from the 2021–22 TASB/Texas Association of School Administrators Superintendent Salary Survey have been released. Data comes from 684 participants representing 67% of Texas school districts. The median superintendent salary is $143,969, up 4.8% from last year. The median pay increase was 3%. See an overview of this year's survey

Professional development just for administrative assistants

The TASB Conference for Administrative Professionals will take place February 10-11 (repeat of the October 2021 conference). Superintendent administrative assistants can get training on issues like elections, legal, policy, personnel issues, and much more. Registration is now open.

Apply for an Excellence in Education Award

The H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards are designed to pay tribute to educators who go the extra mile each and every day to serve their students and communities and who inspire others to do the same. Applications are being accepted in the categories of school board, school district, teacher, principal, and early childhood. The deadline to apply is December 6. Apply for an award now. 

Sanchez selected as National Superintendent of the Year nominee

Plainview ISD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez has been selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators as Texas’ nominee for 2022 National Superintendent of the Year, an award given by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. As state nominee, Sanchez will be considered by a panel of judges from across the U.S. that will select four finalists. The 2022 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced at AASA’s national conference, February 17-19, in Nashville. Read the full announcement

No Star next month

The Star is not published in December, so the next issue will hit your inbox January 18. TASB offices will be closed November 25-26 for Thanksgiving and December 24–January 2 for the winter holiday break. See you next year!