The Northside ISD Board of Trustees has been named a finalist for best school board in Texas in the 2014 Excellence in Education Awards program sponsored by H-E-B.
H-E-B officials announced the nominations stating that they added the new category to recognize the importance of strong leadership at the board level.
The H-E-B awards program, often referred by educators as the Oscars of Texas education, celebrates public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Houston in May.
For the first time this year, H-E-B added a category for public school boards, and San Antonio’s two largest public school districts are both in the running: Northside and North East ISDs, along with Temple ISD, Edinburg Consolidated ISD, and Aldine ISD.
“We are very excited about being a finalist,” said Bobby Blount, NISD Board president. “This gives us the opportunity to show the rest of the state what we already know in San Antonio: that Northside ISD is a premier school system where children are at the heart of everything that we do.”
“Our Trustees are the ultimate volunteers providing solid leadership, said NISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods. “They epitomize integrity and professionalism.”
NISD Trustees are Robert (Bobby) Blount, President; Katie N. Reed, Vice President; Bennie L. Cole, Secretary; George Lynn Britton, Jr., M’Lissa M. Chumbley, Dr. Carol Harle, and Karen Freeman.
In addition to the five finalists in the school board category, other category finalists were announced including: five finalists in the large school districts category (including Alamo Heights ISD and East Central ISD in San Antonio), two finalists in the small school districts category, and five finalists in the early childhood education facilities category.
Individual awards are also presented to teachers and principals vying in several categories, such as Rising Star, Leadership, and Lifetime Achievement.
With more than $800,000 in cash prizes awarded annually to deserving teachers, principals, school districts, and early childhood facilities, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards is the largest monetary recognition program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.