Board in Action

Trustee Gerald Lopez spoke to 700 teachers from 8 schools at the annual Block Walk Pep Rally at Holmes HS. He wished them good luck in the new school year and thanked them for all they do to support students.

Board President Carol Harle, Vice President Karen Freeman, and Trustee Gerald Lopez joined Dr. Woods at the 2019 Summer Graduation Ceremony held at Paul Taylor Field House on August 15. They presented diplomas to the newest NISD graduates.

Gerald Lopez with TASB representative receiving certificate

NISD Trustee Gerald Lopez has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). He joins the ranks of more than 900 school board members across the state who are Leadership TASB alumni. 

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB’s Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders attended the Institute and received extensive 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 2019 Leadership TASB class, composed of 33 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. Leadership TASB is sponsored in part by H-E-B.
TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students.
Board President M'Lissa Chumbley hands diploma to her mentee from BCHS

Board President M'Lissa Chumbley hands a diploma and congratulates her mentee Chloe Delgado on her graduation from Business Careers High School. Chumbley has been a mentor to Delgado for the past four years, stating "we will see amazing things from this young woman. I have been so fortunate to have served as her mentor these last four years. Let's wish her good luck next year at TLU." 

Bobby Blount being sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga

Robert (Bobby) Blount, Jr., Trustee from District 4, is sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga at the May 28, 2019 Board meeting. Blount was first elected in 1999. 

M'Lissa Chumbley being sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga

M'Lissa M. Chumbley, Trustee from District 3, is sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga at the May 28, 2019 Board meeting. Chumbley was first elected in 1995. 

Lopez being sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga

Gerald B. Lopez, Trustee from District 2, is sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga at the May 28, 2019 Board meeting. Lopez was first elected in 2015. 

Joseph Medina, Trustee from District 1, is sworn in by Judge Toni Arteaga at the May 28, 2019 Board meeting. Medina was first elected in 2015. 

Board secretary Dr. Carol Harle reading to students seated on rug in classroom

Board Vice President Carol Harle participated in the 100th anniversary celebration of Children’s Book Week by reading to children at Hatchett Elementary School. Dr. Harle read to four classrooms including Kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth grade.

2 students on laptop with Trustee Freeman looking over their shoulders.

Eighth graders at Rudder MS show Trustee Karen Freeman a Google Hangout with students at Rawlinson MS during a campus event celebrating the school's TEA Technology Lending Grant. The grant funded Chromebooks for all students. 

Dr. Folks, Chumbley, Freeman, and Lopez posed in the Stevens HS auditorium

Retired Superintendent Dr. John Folks (and now school namesake) joined Board President M'Lissa Chumbley, Trustee Karen Freeman, and Board Secretary Gerald Lopez at the annual PTA Founders Day celebration held at Stevens HS.

Trustee Reed with group standing outside US Capitol

Trustee Katie Reed (pictured front row far right) was part of the San Antonio Chamber delegation for the annual SA to DC trip. The group advocated for the needs of San Antonio to legislators in Washington, DC.

Dr. Harle getting hugs from entire class of children

Could they "bee" any cuter?! The Ellison ES Bees invited Board Vice President Carol Harle to their hive to see what they've been learning. In addition to sharing their work, students shared hugs with Dr. Harle.

Mr. Blount on floor in library surrounded by a circle of elementary students

Trustee Bobby Blount visited Carson ES and read the book "Welcome to Kindergarten" to future students.

M'Lissa smiling for camera in Gerlach Show Barn

Board President M'Lissa Chumbley hard at work during swine judging at the 46th annual Walter Gerlach Livestock Show. She has long been involved in FFA and 4H programs in Northside, including the O'Connor HS FFA Boosters and Gerlach Show.

Trustee Blount holding trophy in Board Room

At the Jan. 22 Board Meeting, Trustee Bobby Blount was presented an award on behalf of the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members recognizing his 10 plus years of service as an officer to the organization. 

Vice Principal, Trustee Reed, and Intern posing in Winter Photo Booth with snowflake backdrop

Trustee Katie Reed attended a winter-themed Academic Night at Glenoaks ES. She spoke to families and teachers and visited classrooms to see the engaging learning opportunities for students. Reed is pictured with Vice Principal Jennifer Hammond and Administrative Intern Richard Martinez.

Current and former board members and superintendents posing for picture

Both current and former NISD Board members and superintendents were treated to a lunch as part of the District’s Board Appreciation Month activities. These men and women have shaped the foundation of the District and continue to work for the benefit of all NISD students.

Pictured are (from l-r, front row) Ed Rawlinson, Annie Holmes, Dr. Brian Woods, Nancy Collins, and Katie Reed; and (back row) Bobby Blount, Karen Freeman, Carl Raba, Lynn Britton, Terry Zablocki, Raul Fernandez, Gerald Lopez, and Dr. John Folks.


Principals of Jordan MS and Carlos Coon ES posing with Board Secretary Gerald Lopez in school library

Board Secretary Gerald Lopez spoke at a parent cafecito at Carlos Coon ES about helping students with the transition from elementary school to middle school. He is pictured with Jordan MS Principal Anabel Romero and Carlos Coon ES Principal Mark Garcia.

Trustee Gerald Lopez

Gerald Lopez, NISD Board Secretary, joined 33 other school board members from across Texas on Nov. 15-17 in Amarillo for the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2019. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program.  Participants, who complete all required elements of the study, will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB

Dr. Woods, Dr. Harle, and Trustee Medina pose in bowling alley

Board Vice President Carol Harle and Trustee Joseph Medina joined Superintendent Dr. Woods at the kickoff event for the 11th season of NISD high school bowling. 

6 Trustees join Dr. Woods on stage for picture at Superintendent of the Year announcement

Northside Trustees joined Dr. Woods in Austin as he was named the Texas Superintendent of the Year at the annual TASA/TASB Convention. The full story is on the NISD News website.

Dr. Woods, Dr. Harle, Speaker Straus and Trustee Reed pose in front of flags and photo wall

Board Vice President Dr. Carol Harle and Trustee Katie Reed joined Superintendent Brian Woods at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 'Tribute to Joe Straus' luncheon honoring the outgoing Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. 

NISD Board members standing with oversized Declaration of Respect poster that they signed

On Oct. 12, all NISD students and staff will be invited to sign a Declaration of Respect as part of the District’s anti-bullying initiatives. Counselors have been equipped with training, materials, and lessons for classroom presentations that teach necessary skills to students to promote a safe, respectful, and healthy school climate.

Members of the Board of Trustees signed their own Declaration of Respect, as a show of support for the program spearheaded by the NISD Guidance & Counseling Department led by Dr. Kimberly Ridgley. Dr. Woods signed on behalf of staff. 

Pictured are (from l-r) Dr. Brian Woods, Superintendent; Gerald Lopez, Board Secretary; Katie Reed, Trustee; M’Lissa Chumbley, Board President; Bobby Blount, Trustee; Dr. Carol Harle, Board Vice President; Karen Freeman, Trustee; and Joseph Medina, Trustee.

Trustee Carol Harle speaking on stage at Convocations with a group of students from the Jay Science and Engineering Academy

Board Vice President Carol Harle made her entrance at the annual Convocations by riding a hover board on stage at the Sports Gym with the help of students from the John Jay Science and Engineering Academy.