January Board Appreciation Month: Pasadena ISD Thanks Board for over 118 Years of Service

January Board Appreciation Month: Pasadena ISD Thanks Board for over 118 Years of Service
Posted on 01/15/2015
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If the students of Pasadena ISD are the heart of the district, then the Board of Trustees are the pulse.

These seven individuals volunteer countless hours to serve the district’s 54,380 students, 7,400 employees and community members. January is School Board Recognition Month and the Pasadena ISD family is joining school districts statewide to show appreciation to these diligent leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for students.

“Although we are showing appreciation to our board in January, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment,” Dr. Kirk Lewis, superintendent of schools said. “This Board has more than 118 years of combined service to the district — all serving on behalf of the children of Pasadena ISD without pay, without remuneration. Their only reward is the indelible image in their hearts and minds of the many students who have benefited from their actions”

This year’s theme, as designated by the Texas Association of School Boards, is “A Work of Heart.”

Board members are elected by local constituents and play a crucial role in governing the district. Working collaboratively with the school superintendent, staff, parents, students, and community members, the Board establishes a vision for the district, adopts a strategic plan to achieve that vision, looks for opportunities to move the school district forward and remain united in shaping the quality of education for children.

To achieve these goals, the board is visible in the community and can be sighted at campuses, community functions and small group gatherings seeking input about matters that impact students and staff. On a formal level, the board hosts monthly meetings to make difficult decisions that affect the district.

In addition, board members attend training sessions to stay informed about changes in federal regulations and educational trends. Board members also serve on various community, service and civic organization and are members of area chambers of commerce, Rotary Clubs, Optimist Club, Lions Club, PTO’s and local churches.

The district recently celebrated the successful passing of the 2014 school bond. The board approved the school bond to provide new campuses for future growth and enhance existing programs.

“They have set tax rates which reflect understanding of the needs of students and the district’s taxpayers,” Lewis said. “They have addressed difficult and controversial issues because, in doing so, they were providing what was best for students. They have even fought to preserve the integrity of our programs and have worked to offer the best facilities, newest technology, including 1-to-1 initiative at all intermediate schools for the 2014-2015 school year.”

“Board members in our district serve as role models for staff, students and community members. They have earned a reputation as a Board who adheres to strong ethical and moral practices. As a result, they have gained the respect and support of the community.”

Their love and commitment to the education of students is unwavering and for all their service to Pasadena ISD, the district recognizes these public servants for their “work of heart.”

If you see a board member, please make a special effort to let them know you appreciate their hard work or click here to email your thank you notes to the Communications Office.

The Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees include Mariselle Quijano-Lerma, president; Vickie Morgan, vice president; Fred Roberts, secretary; Marshall Kendrick, assistant secretary; Nelda Sullivan, member; Jack Bailey, member and Larry Savala, member. 

Please visit the School Board page, to get to know our local leaders.

Board Appreciation Month