Board in Action

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.

Trustee Joseph Medina poses with Dr. Woods and a "This is Northside" hashtag at the annual Convocations

Trustee Joseph Medina joined Dr. Woods at the annual Convocations for Northside ISD teachers and staff. The theme for the event was "This Is Northside."

Board President M'Lissa Chumbley with Holmes HS teachers visiting a family at their home and giving bag of supplies

Board President M'Lissa Chumbley joined Holmes HS teachers as they visited a family's home during the school's annual Block Walk event. The group welcomed the students and presented them a bag of back to school information. 

Posed pic in Holmes gym before Block Walk- NISD trustees, Superintendent, and eight school principals wearing purple t-shirts

Board Secretary Gerald Lopez, Vice President Carol Harle, President M'Lissa Chumbley, and Trustee Katie Reed attended the pep rally at Holmes HS before the 7th annual Block Walk. Teachers and staff from eight schools start the school year by visiting students and families at their homes. The Board Officers are joined by Dr. Woods and the eight principals whose schools participate each year - Ross MS, Linton ES, Martin ES, Esparza ES, Powell ES, Villarreal ES, Holmes HS, and Business Careers HS. 

Trustee Katie Reed joined new school namesake Dr. Linda Mora on the first official tour of Mora ES.

Trustee Bobby Blount, Trustee Katie Reed, Vice President Carol Harle, and President M'Lissa Chumbley served as facilitators at the Servant Leader Summit at the Sports Gym in July 2018. The day was meant to encourage high school student athletes to be leaders "on purpose, for a purpose." The annual leadership event is part of the Athletics Department's mission to help students go Beyond the Game and be influencers on their campuses and in the community. 

picture of all 7 trustees and Dr. Woods with signed Code of Ethics poster

Since 1991, the NISD Board of Trustees signs a Code of Ethics annually, reaffirming their commitment to adhere to educational and ethical standards.

According to Superintendent Brian Woods, NISD is probably one of very few Districts where the Board and Superintendent (on behalf of the staff) sign a code of ethics.

"Northside ISD has an outstanding reputation, and a huge reason for that is because we hold ethics in high regard," Board President M’Lissa Chumbley said. "We sign the Code of Ethics annually to remind each of us to always put the needs of our students first."

The Code of Ethics is available online on the Board of Trustees web site. 

Dr. Woods and seven trustees in robes on stage at Graduation ceremony

The Team of Eight – the seven elected Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Woods – handed out over 6,700 diplomas to graduates at 11 ceremonies in June 2018.

Trustee Blount talking to 3 Powell ES students about improving their solar car.

Trustee Bobby Blount gives advice to a Powell ES team at the 22nd annual Solar Car Races. He wanted them to improve their car before the next race. Blount is the long-time organizer of the event, which this year featured more than 370 teams.

Harle, Freeman and Reed with solar car at Solar Car Races

Board Vice President Carol Harle and Trustees Karen Freeman and Katie Reed competed in the Adult Solar Car Races at Gus Stadium on May 12. The team designed their own solar car, just as the student competitors do, and competed against teachers and event sponsors.