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Trustee Finalizes Leadership Training (June 2008)

Brenda Polk and Renard Thomas (San Antonio) – Frisco ISD Trustee Brenda Polk has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).  During the fifth session, June 12—14, school board members in the 2007-08 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team’s findings following yearlong research.  Class participants selected topics that reflected relevant issues facing Texas public schools, such as team building, relating academics to school construction, teacher satisfaction indicators, curricular revisions and accountability systems.

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB’s Summer Leadership Institute in San Antonio.  More than 2,500 new and veteran school leaders received in-depth training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.

The keynote speaker for Leadership TASB was Salome Thomas-El, noted author of I Choose to Stay and The immortality of Influences.  After the graduation ceremony on June 13, participants joined the ranks of more than 450 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.

The 2008 Leadership TASB class, composed of 35 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth.  Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned master trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.  Program sponsors include H-E-B and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.

           

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 4.5 million public school students.