Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 14, 2014

CISD trustees honored during ‘Board Recognition Month’

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

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.”


Public hearing held

  Trustees held a public hearing to allow for comment on the district’s annual performance report. Marti Shaner, assistant superintendent of instruction, reviewed the report that had been previously released, showing the district’s attendance and graduation rates generally on the increase; the African-American population has declined while the Hispanic population has increased within the district; 73.9 percent of the districts students are classified as economically disadvantaged. No one spoke during the hearing.

TASB Building program reviewed

  Trustees heard a presentation on a district improvement program study by the Texas Association of School Boards, designed to help the district improve facilities including lighting, heating and cooling, and other building maintenance concerns. Plans to help replace aging equipment with money saved through increased efficiency and community donation support were reviewed, but no action taken.

TASB Policy update approved

  Trustees approved an update provided for district policy by the Texas Association of School Boards as previously reviewed by Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost.

Training requirements certified

  Scott Watkins, school board president, announced that all board members had met the annual training and education requirements for the year.

Survey results shared

  Susan Johnson, executive director of communications, shared results of a survey taken to rate the district’s performance on the opening of school in the fall. Johnson said the survey indicated most survey respondents were pleased with the performance of the district and its personnel during the return to school.

Consent Agenda approved

  Trustees approved the consent agenda, including accepting a donation of $1,000 from Danny Kolasta in memory of Alex Kolasta for the Fannin Library; and a donation of $500 from Gober Trucking for an AVID field trip.



Bob Belcher may be reached by email at Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: