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2010-02-18 / General Stories

LISD Trustees Attend Governance/Legal Seminar

Dr. Chuck Holt, Joe Green, Phillip Brown, Jeremy Romoser, and Alan Turner of Lexington I.S.D. joined more than 500 local trustees from across the state at the Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB ) Winter Governance and Legal Seminar February 11-13 in Corpus Christi.

New and experienced board members explored key issues facing local districts, including college and career readiness, religion in the schools, technology initiatives, district security, and school funding. Participants also examined gifted and talented programs, career and technical education, dropout prevention, teacher recruitment and retention, and social media. In-depth sessions were held for new trustees on the basics of district planning and accountability, school budgets, policy, school law, and teamwork. A number of sessions also focused on the needs of small school districts.

Lisa Ramirez, first general session speaker, is the national director of migrant education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. In her presentation, she stressed the preservation of the human resource, one of the most important resources we depend on in schools.

At the second general session, Simon Bailey identified characteristics of brilliance and how to take charge of change to increase success in every area. Bailey, a speaker, author, and consultant, is the founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc., and has more than two decades of experience in leadership, sales, and customer service.

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 more than 4.7 million students.

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