Aldine Trustees are launching the next generation.

Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney (center, back row) poses with Board Members Randy Bates, Steve Mead, Paul Shanklin, Rose Avalos, Dr. Kimberly Booker, Dr. Viola M. García, and Connie Esparza.

January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas. Please take the time to honor school board members for their untiring dedication to public education.

Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney lauds the district’s Board Trustees for making the time to share their vision and voice. Their actions and decisions affect children’s lives.

“Trustees volunteer to do this tough job,” said Goffney. “They spend many hours and days out of the year working on behalf of the community. Trustees shoulder enormous responsibilities as they work to make our schools the best they can be.

“We proudly join educators and community members by recognizing these education advocates. Board Trustees have demonstrated their unfailing commitment to the success of all students.”

While educating children may not be rocket science, it is a complex, demanding responsibility: ensuring that schools are available, qualified teachers are in place, buildings are safe, and resources are provided. They commit to reading reports, learn the laws, understand the community’s needs, set thoughtful goals, and wisely handle the district’s financial resources. They immerse themselves in learning what they need to know to make good decisions that will provide for students, from the very youngest to the graduating senior. Trustees are public servants who generously work to benefit the most vulnerable members of each community.

Trustees serve as a vital link between community members and their schools.

The collaboration helps board members create the educational vision we want for our students. As such, the board formulates goals and defines results. It sets the course for an adequate and equitable educational program for all students.

According to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), there are 1,025 Texas school districts. Membership also includes regional education service centers and community colleges. TASB represents the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. TASB members serve more than 5.4 million Texas students.

In Aldine ISD, seven individuals serve as school board trustees:

Randy Bates — Position 1
Paul Shanklin — Position 2
Rose Avalos — Position 3
Conception “Connie” Esparza —Position 4
Dr. Kimberly Booker — Position 6
Steve Mead — Position 5
Dr. Viola M. García — Position 7

Voters elect each board position to a four-year term. Board members are at large Trustees, meaning Trustees can live anywhere in the district and are elected by all the voters in the district.

School Boards Work Hard to Benefit Students — the Whole Community Benefits From Good Schools.

Aldine ISD Trustees are responsible and oversee:

  • Aldine ISD, the 9th largest school district in Texas
  • An annual budget of more than $647 million
  • More than 67,000 students
  • More than 9,000 employees
  • Nearly 90 facilities

Over the years, the Aldine ISD Board of Education has earned numerous honors, including being named a finalist for H-E-B’s 2013 Excellence in Education Award. The award recognizes school boards that demonstrate real leadership in the community they serve. In 2013, Region 4 ESC named Aldine the Outstanding School Board winner. Other honors include Region 4 Honor Board, the Texas Outstanding School Board honor, and the Magna Award from the American School Board Journal.

Through the Board’s leadership, Aldine ISD continually earns the state’s top financial rating under the Schools Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) and the Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST).

During the 2015-2016 school year, AISD earned recognition in two different case studies. Education First lauded AISD in its Districts Rising Briefs. The report highlights 10 districts across the nation working to raise student achievement and preparing students for college and career. In the case study, The Rewards of Perseverance, by Education Resource Strategies, AISD is highlighted for improving student outcomes and narrowing achievement gaps. The study tells the story of AISD’s deliberate, systemwide evolution in response to change.

Take Time to Thank Board Trustees

Take a moment to recognize your local trustees. Take a moment to honor the work they are doing to help your students blast off into the future. Please take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on your behalf. Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month throughout January.

Community members can voice their appreciation at the School Board Meeting on January 14. Campuses and students will show their appreciation throughout the month.

Contacting the School Board

Citizens are welcome to bring a topic or issue to the attention of the school board. There are two primary ways to do so:

  • Write to the school board
  • Public comment at school board meetings

Want to see the School Board in Action?

The AISD school board conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month in the Donaldson Administration Building (2520 W.W. Thorne Blvd., Houston 77073). The date only changes if there are conflicts with other important dates. The monthly board meeting begins at 7 p.m. The Trustees conduct all meetings in the Board Room.