Board in Action

Board President Katie Reed and Trustee Karen Freeman attended the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C. and met with federal officials about issues of importance as they relate to education. Pictured are Reed, Congressman Joaquin Castro, and Freeman. 

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 Katie Reed 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

Pictured after signing the poster-sized Code of Ethics (which hangs in the Central Office Board Room) are (from l-r): Dr. Brian T. Woods, Superintendent; Bobby Blount, Trustee; Gerald Lopez, Trustee; Katie Reed, Board President; Dr. Carol Harle, Board Secretary; Karen Freeman, Trustee; Joseph Medina, Trustee; and M’Lissa Chumbley, Board Vice President. 

NISD Trustee Bobby Blount is featured in the recent Texas Association of School Board's "Star" magazine.

The Team of Eight – the seven elected Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Woods – handed out over 6,700 diplomas to graduates at 12 ceremonies in June 2016.

M’Lissa Chumbley, Secretary of the NISD Board and Trustee since 1995, is a recipient of the Mentor Hall of Fame Award from Business Careers High School. Chumbley has been a mentor at the school for the past nine years. She has mentored several students throughout the years and has kept in contact with them after high school graduation, and even attended many of their college commencements. She serves as a mentor from USAA. The Mentor Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to mentoring at the magnet school. Honorees have their names displayed on a perpetual plaque in the school’s main office. Pictured with Chumbley is her mentee from last year, Adrianna Ezell. 

Board of Trustee Secretary Carol Harle stopped by to help judge, with campus namesake Pat Blattman, the Alpha Invents competition at Blattman Elementary School. 

Trustee Gerald Lopez sat down with NISD-TV for a “Northside Speaks” video discussing the roles and duties of being an NISD school board member.

Trustee Bobby Blount awards the trophy to the adult winners of the 20th Solar Car Races, teachers from Nichols ES. In addition to the student teams, teachers and business partners compete for bragging rights in their own races. 

Trustee Gerald Lopez attended the 20th Solar Car Races at Gus Stadium and cheered on the more than 300 teams participating, including this team from Carlos Coon ES.

Trustee Bobby Blount participated in a panel discussion at the Regional Public PK-12 Education Forum held at the Pearl Stable. 

Board Secretary Dr. Carol Harle sat down with NISD-TV for a “Northside Speaks” video discussing Northside's curriculum that is based on the TEKS, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Board Vice President M’Lissa Chumbley joined Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods and Glenoaks ES Principal Maria Meza at the school’s Pillars of Character Rally. Another special guest was Mayor Ivy Taylor who spoke to students about being caring citizens.

In honor of the Week of the Young Child, Trustee Karen Freeman was a celebrity reader in Mrs. Adam’s kindergarten class at Steubing ES.

Board Secretary Dr. Carol Harle read to students in Mrs. Lomax’s kindergarten class at May ES. 

In honor of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Board Vice President M'Lissa Chumbley volunteered to be a celebrity reader for Mrs. Hersum's kindergartners at Timberwilde ES. 

Trustee Joseph Medina (pictured on left, back row) accompanied second graders from Magdalena Zertuche's class at Forester Elementary School on their first field trip to the San Antonio Zoo. The students were excited to see so many animals that they had studied during their Science unit on animals.

Trustee Bobby Blount visited the Solar Cars team at Fernandez ES as they prepare for this year's competition. Blount is the founder of the event which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. Race day is April 30 and 320 teams from 73 schools are expected to compete.

Trustee Gerald Lopez also attended LibraryPalooza at Brandeis HS and stopped by the photo booth with Hector Garcia MS Librarian Lucy Podmore and Stevenson MS Principal Chuck Baldridge.

Board President Katie Reed (center) joined Dr. Linda Mora, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. Brian Woods, Superintendent, at LibraryPalooza- That Author Thing at Brandeis HS. The annual teen author fest brings together students and award-winning authors.

Board Secretary Dr. Carol Harle congratulates Glenn ES fifth grader Neveah Wallace at a press conference at City Hall. The student won a bike and helmet for her poster in the Veg Out SA art contest sponsored by the Mayor’s Fitness Council. 

Board President Katie Reed and Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods participated in UTSA’s 2016 Superintendents Symposium and discussed the importance of effective school board superintendent relations.

Board Secretary Dr. Carol Harle met the Esparza ES Trashbusters at a recent FIRST Lego Robotics competition. The team advanced to regional competition and along with other NISD teams, impressed Dr. Harle with their confidence and wisdom.

Board Secretary Dr. Carol Harle, Trustee Medina, Board Vice President M’Lissa Chumbley, and Trustee Lopez attended the annual PTA Founders Day celebration at Taft HS.. The event honors the work of the PTA and their commitment to children. Taft HS was host this year with the school's culinary arts, ROTC, and fine arts programs showcasing their talents.

Board President Katie Reed sat down with NISD-TV for a “Northside Speaks” video discussing her 26 years as a trustee.

Board President Katie Reed and Trustees Freeman, Medina, and Lopez joined Superintendent Dr. Woods and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mora at Mid-Year Graduation at Paul Taylor Field House. The ceremony was the first of 14 graduation ceremonies to be celebrated in Northside ISD in 2016.