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January 11th, 2011
Trustees to celebrate School Board Recognition Month

011111schoolboardThe San Marcos CISD trustees include (left to right): David Castillo, Margie Villalpando, Kathy Hansen, Dr. Judy Allen, Jesse Ponce, John Crowley and David Chiu.


San Marcos CISD will hold a reception observing School Board Recognition Month on Jan. 24 from 5:30-6 p.m. at the Central Office Board Room, 501 South LBJ Drive. The reception will precede the school board meeting which starts at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

School Board Recognition Month focuses on the role that an elected board of trustees have in the community. Governor Rick Perry proclaimed January 2011 to honor school boards across the state, as is his custom every January.

“The people who make up these boards volunteer their time because they care about their communities and their schools,” said Perry. “Each year, the Texas Association of School Boards designates January as School Board Recognition Month, to emphasize the importance of the services these dedicated men and women provide to the schools and students of Texas. At this time, I urge all Texans to recognize the invaluable contributions realized through the work of our school boards.”

There are more than 7,000 locally elected school board members serving their schools across Texas. The board members serving San Marcos CISD include President Kathy Hansen, Vice President Jesse Ponce, Secretary David Castillo, Dr. Judy Allen, David Chiu, John Crowley, and Margie Villalpando.

“School board members shoulder critical responsibilities as advocates for our children,” San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer. “They face difficult challenges and make hard decisions with the overall goal of promoting student achievement,” said Shafer. “Working as a vital link between the community and the classroom, the board is responsible for an annual SMCISD budget of $71 million, 7400 students, 1159 employees, and 13 campuses.”

James B. Crow, Executive Director of the Texas Association of School Boards lent his support to the month by by saying, “These dedicated men and women strive to maintain the health of every district and serve as strong advocates for our kids. In a time of financial uncertainty, they are willing to step forward to face the critical challenges facing our public schools.”

Said Shafer, “They serve as the passionate voice for public education and help ensure the future of our state and nation. We truly appreciate every board member for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing our local school districts.”

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One thought on “Trustees to celebrate School Board Recognition Month

  1. Thanks for your service – now a few questions:

    “What can we do?”


    “What should we do?”

    Do you have the wisdom to know the difference?

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