Aug. 14, 2012- The Klein ISD Board of Trustees was named as the 2012 Region 4 Outstanding School Board selected by the Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC). The Board advances to represent the region for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Outstanding School Board award, which is the second time the Klein ISD Board has garnered the honor since 1996. View the nomination here.
"Our Board of Trustees, both former and current, have established a renowned precedent of excellence that has resonated through all in the Klein ISD," said Dr. Jim Cain, superintendent. "The Board consistently works as a team to build a strong foundation that supports the district's success, and each member is dedicated to ensuring our district goals are met."
The Team of 8 in the Klein ISD consists of the seven board members and Dr. Cain. Members of the current Board of Trustees includes: Jim Smith (president), Ronnie K. Anderson (vice president), Paul Lanham (secretary), Rick Mann, Georgan Reitmeier, Steven E. Smith and Stephen J. Szymczak. To learn more, click here.
As non-paid members of the district, the Board is here to serve the district to the best of its ability, just like the administrative staff and teachers. Each member is elected to a three-year term, and elections are held annually. As the governing body of the Klein ISD, the Board has five goals: improved student achievement, positive and safe school environment, financial accountability, quality personnel, and sound policy development and oversight. The Board reviews these goals annually, and with the help of Dr. Cain and the Klein ISD administration, strategically works to maintain a strong commitment to excellence throughout the district.
"The Board's role is minimal compared to all the hard work, time and dedication that our students, administrators, employees and community put in to ensure the success of the district," said Jim Smith, board president. "It is critical for any board and superintendent to work as a team, but the most important member includes the team of thousands in the Klein ISD."
TASA created the School Board Awards Program in 1971 to recognize school boards whose dedication and ethical service have made a positive impact on the school children of Texas. There are 10 levels of criteria each board is evaluated on, click here. Regional winners are presented to the TASA awards committee, who then choose five that are recognized as Honor Boards for the state. The committee interviews each of the Honor Boards at the TASA/TASB Annual Convention prior to selecting the Outstanding School Board, which will be named during the convention in Austin on Sept. 28–30, 2012.