By Karen Freeman, School Board President.
In Northside, Trustee elections are held every other year, and this year three of us were up for re-election. I am honored to have been re-elected and proud to be able to continue to serve the Northside community.
Katie Reed, who ran unopposed, will begin her 24th year serving on the NISD Board. Her advocacy within the community and at the state level has greatly benefited this district. Her pride in NISD is evident when she speaks to national, state and local groups.
Randy Fields chose not to run for re-election but instead will “graduate” as he says, after serving 14 years as a Trustee in NISD. Prior to board service he was involved in the early beginnings of the Northside Education Foundation and became its founding president. His steadfast belief in the importance of public education and the responsibilities that each of us have as citizens in our society has defined his service to this district and service on this Board. We thank him for his commitment and dedication and welcome him to continue to remain “connected” to NISD.
Our newest Trustee is Dr. Carol Harle who ran unopposed for the Trustee seat held by Randy Fields. She has a history of community involvement in NISD, has worked in Northside and raised a family here. We welcome her to our team and look forward to working together for the benefit of our students, staff, and the community.
Trustees certainly embody the “Spirit of Northside,” which is the theme for this school year, and while the theme has a personal meaning for each one of us, it also speaks to the solid foundation that has been established in NISD and an expectation of excellence and continual improvement even as people come and go, including Trustees.
The Northside Board as a team will continue to work together with the Superintendent and the entire Northside community to maintain the educational excellence that our families expect and our children deserve. As the school year draws to a close, we look forward to presenting graduates their diplomas and congratulating them as they begin a new chapter of their lives.
Your Board of Trustees will continue to advocate on behalf of public education and this school district at the state level. We are active in our conversations with state elected officials whose legislative session is also drawing to a close. NISD will provide recaps of the laws they pass and other changes they enact in the near future.
Be safe this summer and we look forward to the next school year whose theme will be ‘NORTHSIDE CONNECTED!’
(Editor's note: All three Trustees will be sworn into office on May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at 5900 Evers Rd. The public is invited.)