• Trustees Focus on Leadership

    (San Antonio)- Cindy Warner, Bennett Ratliff, Susie Kemp, Scott Orr, David Apple, Anthony Hill, and Thom Hulme, of Coppell ISD, joined local trustees from across the state at the Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute June 12-14 in San Antonio.  More than 2,100 new and veteran school leaders received in-depth training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and gathered valuable ideas from district programs that work.

                Topics addressed during the two-and-a-half day institute included high school reform, compensation trends, student religious expression, criminal background checks, crisis communication, and technology in schools.  Breakout sessions also explored family involvement, employer-sponsored child care, trends in construction costs and contracts, board ethics, innovative mathematics curriculum, school safety issues, prekindergarten initiatives, and environmental and family-related regulations. 

                Special training sessions were available for new board members, covering basics in budget and finance, school law, district policy, teamwork, governance, and district planning and accountability.  Board presidents’ academy sessions focused on basic responsibilities, meeting preparation, superintendent evaluation, key legal duties, and guidance for building team relationships.