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January 14, 2014

CISD trustees honored during ‘Board Recognition Month’

Corsicana — Normally it is the members of the Corsicana Independent School District Board of Trustees handing out honors at the board’s twice-monthly meetings.

Monday, the tables — and the honors — were turned.

CISD Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost dedicated her superintendent’s report at Monday’s school board workshop to recognizing and thanking the seven members of the CISD board as part of School Board Recognition Month, observed annually in January.

“We want you to know how much we value the roles that you play with our almost 6,000 students and 700 staff members across the eight campuses that we have,” Frost said. “One school board member cannot do this work alone. It is seven people who are united in a vision and a common goal.”

School board members Scott Watkins, president; Leah Blackard, vice-president; Barbara Kelley, secretary; and trustees Kerri Donica, the Rev. Ed Monk, Terry Seth and John Saberton were thanked by Frost for their service and efforts on behalf of the students and employees of the district.

Board members were also presented with gifts and a plaque commemorating the occasion, with the theme of “Hearts and Hands for Kids” highlighted.  

“The theme ‘Hearts and Hands for Kids’ is very descriptive of our trustees,” Frost said in a release announcing the month’s observance of school trustees. “Our community benefits every day from the tireless efforts and hundreds of hours contributed by the seven men and women who represent the students and families of CISD. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. Especially during this time of constant change and challenges, they develop policies and make difficult decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students.”

CISD trustees will also be recognized at events on campuses throughout the month of January.  

“Even though we make a special effort in January to show appreciation to our Board Members, their contributions reflect a year-round commitment,” Frost said. “They are a vital link between the school district and the community. First and foremost, they represent the best interest of our students.”

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