For Immediate Release July 27, 2017
Texas Association of School Administrators
The Royse City ISD Board of Trustees is one of five school boards from across Texas selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2017 Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards. Each year, the program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for commitment and service that has made a positive impact on Texas public school students. Complete list of Texas Honor School Boards here.
The five Honor Boards were selected by a committee of Texas school superintendents, chaired by Lancaster ISD superintendent Michael McFarland, whose school board was named the Outstanding School Board for 2016. The selection committee’s decisions were based on specific criteria, including support for educational performance, support for educational improvement projects, commitment to a code of ethics, and maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among board members.
“The members of the Royse City ISD school board are to be commended for their vision, focus and commitment,” said McFarland. “Since 2013, the district has transformed itself by taking action to revolutionize learning. With board support, RCISD has not only improved practice in the district, it has been a leader in bringing professional learning to others in the region. For these reasons, the Royse City ISD Board of Trustees deserves to be recognized as one of Texas’ five Honor Boards.”
The Royse City ISD Board of Trustees was nominated for the award by Superintendent Kevin Worthy. “Having led Royse City ISD for the past five years, I can attest to the fact that these seven individuals are willing to make bold decisions and do what is right for kids,” said Worthy. “As both a parent and employee of the district, I know that they will hold honest conversations about what is best for the school district and community. It has been a pleasure to set and accomplish goals with this school board.”
The Royse City ISD board and other four Honor Boards — Coahoma, Galena Park, Hardin-Jefferson and Mansfield ISDs — are now finalists for the program’s highest honor: 2017 Outstanding School Board. They will be interviewed at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas, then one board will be named Outstanding School Board during the convention’s first general session at 4 p.m., Oct. 6. The other Honor Boards, as well as 11 regional winners, will also be recognized at that time.
Since 1971, the TASA School Board Awards program has honored Texas school district boards of trustees that have demonstrated dedication to student achievement and that put students first. The program is facilitated by TASA, the professional association for Texas school administrators, providing networking and professional learning opportunities, legislative advocacy, and targeted communications to support the work of superintendents and other school leaders. The organization’s mission is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.Five school boards from across Texas have been selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2017 TASA School Board Awards. Each year, the program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for commitment and service that has made a positive impact on Texas public school students.