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Logo: Helping Kids Soar To Success January is School Board Recognition Month

JANUARY 12, 2018—January is School Board Recognition Month and Silsbee ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.

“School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be
for every child,” said Silsbee ISD Superintendent Richard Bain Jr.

“In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students,” he continued. “They bear responsibility and oversight in Silsbee ISD for an annual budget of $27 million; over 2,800 students, in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade; more than 300 employees; and four campuses.

The board adopted a vision for the district that states: 

The students of SISD are equipped with the values to envision a better world, the skills to create it, and the confidence to take the lead.

This district is blessed with a board that is also equipped with the values, skills and the confidence to make the decisions to ensure that our students are receiving the best education possible.  As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, and this community can rest assured knowing that their chosen officials are looking out for the best interests of Silsbee ISD students.

“We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding, and school facilities, he said. “These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future,” he said.

Silsbee ISD board members worked diligently to close out the recent bond to construct the new Silsbee Elementary School as a part of its latest project while maintaining financial integrity. The board has also been working to stay abreast of the latest curriculum. The board’s approval of Early College High School, the AVID program at the middle school and high school campuses, additional Career and Tech courses, upgrades to technology, and many other initiatives are critical to the success and advancement of the district.  Under the leadership of the board, the district has received the highest rating on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) and achieved “Met Standard” district-wide on the accountability system.

The men and women serving Silsbee ISD are: President James de Garavilla, Place 5; Vice President Sam Edd Harrell, Place 4; Secretary Janis Holt, Place 2; Derrell Ferguson, Place 1; Dana Hancock, Place 3; Tom Hardy, Place 6; and Sherrie Taylor, Place 7.

“Join us as we celebrate these local leaders for their willingness to give back to the community by positively touching the lives of the children of this great district,” Bain said.