A seven-member Board of Trustees serves as the legal agent of the State of Texas in carrying out the will of the citizens of the Aldine Independent School District in the matters of public education. The school board is the policy-making body for the school district.
The AISD Board of Education was one of 24 school boards across the nation, and the only one in Texas, to receive the coveted Magna Award in 1999 from the American School Board Journal. In 1998, the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) named the AISD Board of Education Outstanding School Board of Texas. Additionally, the AISD Board received the 2013 Region 4 Outstanding School Board Award, which the Board also received in 1998.
School Board Members
Dr. Viola M. Garcia, president, has served on the school board since her appointment to Position 7 in 1992 and election in January 1993. She has chaired numerous school board committees and held all four board offices. Dr. Garcia was a member of the Project 2000 Committee, the district-level Site Based Management Committee, and the Campus Planning Committee. A Master Trustee, Dr. Garcia is a member of the Mexican American School Board Members Association, and has served as that group’s president. She is a member of the Texas Association of School Boards and currently serves as secretary - treasurer. She is also a life member of PTA and serves as the education liaison for the Greater Inwood Super Neighbor-hood Council. Her three daughters are Eisenhower High School graduates.
Rose Avalos, vice president, was elected to the Position 3 seat in May 2006. At two months of age, she and her family moved to Aldine and she has remained there ever since. Ms. Avalos attended Aldine schools and was a member of the second class to graduate from MacArthur Senior High School in 1968. After graduating from Sam Houston State University, Ms. Avalos began her educational career in 1972 as a teacher in Aldine ISD and remained with the district for 33 years. During her Aldine tenure, she also served as a counselor, program director, assistant principal and principal at Escamilla Intermediate School. In 1994 she returned to her alma mater and served as MacArthur Senior High’s principal for 11 years before retiring in 2005. She was named the district’s Principal of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
Steve Mead, secretary, was elected to the Position 5 seat in May 2004 after being appointed in January 2004 to replace Carlos Diaz who resigned from the board in December 2003. Mead, a graduate of Aldine Senior High School, has lived and worked in the MacArthur community for more than 50 years. Mead is the owner of Component Sales and Service, a geotechnical lab equipment company, which is located in the Aldine community. Mead has been active in a number of civic organizations, serving on the boards of Aldine YOUTH, the Aldine Noon Optimist Club, the Aldine Scholarship Foundation and the Aldine Improvement District. Mead and his wife Jill have three daughters, all of whom attended Aldine ISD schools and graduated from MacArthur Senior High School.
Paul Shanklin, assistant secretary, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Alton Smith in December of 2014. Mr. Shanklin is an attorney and an adjunct professor at the Houston Community College Southeast Campus, where he teaches American and Texas Government. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Downtown where he teaches Critical Pedagogy and Multicultural Education. Mr. Shanklin has extensive public service experience and is the General Counsel for the United States Tennis Association-Texas Section, as well as a life member of the Houston Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association. He serves as an Executive Board Member for the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers at the University of Houston-Downtown. He is on the Board of Directors for Dress Up Houston which provides clothing for the needy. Mr. Shanklin is a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Speakers Bureau where he discusses social and legal trends in schools and civic organizations. He has volunteered in Aldine schools and has been a resident of the Aldine community for 25 years.
Patricia Ann Bourgeois, member, was elected in November 2013 to fill the unexpired Position 1 seat formerly held by Trustee Marine Jones. Ms. Bourgeois, a native of Louisiana, graduated from Sam Houston High School and attended Texas Southern University and Lone Star College. She worked in the banking industry for 20 years and also in the publishing industry as publisher of the Louisiana Sapphire Newspaper and the Louisiana Sapphire Magazine. Ms. Bourgeois is active in two non-profit organizations, the Groom-A-Kid Foundation and the Dasha D. Blaylock Foundation, where she serves as executive director. Ms. Bourgeois has a grandson who attends Parker Intermediate School and a grand daughter who attends Davis High School.
Rick Ogden, member, has served on the school board since his appointment in August 1990 to fill the unexpired term of Walter Stovall. He was elected to that position in January 1991. Prior to becoming a trustee, he served on the district’s Project 2000 Committee. Rick has held all four board offices and chaired numerous committees. A 1992 member of Leadership TASB, Mr. Ogden earned the title of Master Trustee. In addition to serving on the school board, Mr. Ogden has served as a director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and was that group’s president in 2002-2003. He has also held all offices in TASB and is currently a member of the TASB Risk Management Fund Board as well as a trainer for The Center For the Reform of School Systems (CRSS). Mr. Ogden is a native Houstonian, a 32-year resident of Aldine, and has four children who are all graduates of Aldine High School. Rick is Assistant Vice President for Church and Community Relations for Houston Baptist University.
Merlin D. Griggs Sr., member, a local businessman and longtime volunteer in Aldine ISD, was appointed to the Board of Education to fill the unexpired term of former board member A.W. Jones in May of 2007. He was elected to the position in November 2007. Griggs is a resident of Woodcreek and has been active in Aldine schools for many years. He has served as a S.N.A.P.P (Students Need a Pat and a Push) mentor, booster club president and a member of the Nimitz Peer Review Assessment Team. He continues to address students at various career days throughout the district. Griggs also served as chairman of the Needs Assessment Committee for the successful 2007 bond referendum election. He and his wife Cathy have two sons, both of whom are graduates of Nimitz Senior High School. Griggs is a Senior Oil & Gas Underwriter for Fairmont Specialty, Inc., a subsidiary of Crum & Forster Insurance Company. He has worked in the commercial insurance industry for over 30 years in various management and technical positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with plans to pursue a graduate degree from Prairie View A&M University. He is one of the founding board members of the Aldine Education Foundation and sits on the board of directors for Manning Family Services. Griggs is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves faithfully as an ordained deacon at Fallbrook Church located in North Houston.