Thank you NISD Board of Trustees

January 21, 2011

The Governor has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected Board of Trustees plays in our communities.

Northside ISD is joining with districts throughout the state to thank Board members for caring about the future of every child enrolled in our public schools.

Superintendent John Folks said that even though the District is making a special effort in January to show appreciation to Board members, their work takes a year-round commitment.

"These public servants are elected to serve by local citizens and receive no compensation for their tireless efforts," he said. "Board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of all our children."

"Because of the current economic crisis that resulted in an almost $27 billion shortfall at the state level, Trustees have to make some very difficult decisions this spring and summer about the Northside ISD budget and future," Folks said.  "But I have every confidence that they will carefully look at all options as they grapple with the big picture of the budget crunch, as well as understand the impact of their decisions on individual staff and students."

"This team of seven elected citizens represents the interests of all Northside publics: our students, staff, parents, business owners, taxpayers and senior citizens," he added.  "They fully understand their role as leaders and policy makers."

Serving on the Northside ISD Board are: M'Lissa M. Chumbley, District 3, President; Karen Freeman, District 7, Vice President; George Lynn Britton, Jr., District 1, Secretary; Annie L. Holmes, District 2; Robert (Bobby) Blount, Jr., District 4; Katie N. Reed, District 5; and Randall H. (Randy) Fields, District 6.

NISD Trustees will receive special recognition during the next regular Board meeting, Jan. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the NISD Central Office, 5900 Evers Road.