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FISD Trustees Garner State Recognition as Outstanding Board of 2008 (September, 2008)

FISD Board of TrusteesOn Saturday morning during the Second General Session of the annual convention of the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards in Dallas, the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees was announced as the Outstanding Board in the state.

The FISD trustees are Cindy Depaolantonio, Richard Beaver, Brenda Polk, Dan Mossakowski, Renee Ehmke, Buddy Minett and Laura Ellison.

The board was selected from among the five finalist boards following interview sessions on Friday. Superintendent Rick Reedy addressed the nomination committee Friday commenting that he nominated the board because they are adept at handling change, focused on student achievement, strong and unbending on matters of principle, and a group of people that inspires the entire district. He also noted that the board members are champions of all learners. Reedy expressed his pride that the board had supported the district in its attempt to narrow the gap between the low income learners and other subgroups. That gap has narrowed substantially in the last few years.

“They truly convey to our 4,200 employees how appreciated they are and how much their work matters for our 30,000 plus students. That sense of family keeps that small town feeling for us and our students benefit from the culture and climate that is fostered by their leadership,” he said.

TASA created the School Board Awards Program in 1971 to recognize school boards whose dedication and ethical service have made a positive impact on the children of Texas. The program is an excellent opportunity to reward hard-working, dedicated board members with the recognition they deserve.

Dr. Reedy sent the nomination to Region 10 in June; the selection committee reviews nominations based on criteria that emphasizes evidence of support for educational performance improvement. The board was selected to represent Region 10 as its honor board and was then selected as one of the five state finalists. All regional and honor boards were recognized at the TASA/TASB Convention in September.