Tyler – Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. These men and women are the school board members of Texas.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Tyler ISD will take this opportunity to thank our local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our schools.
"It's more important than ever before that the public shows support for public education. Board members face critical challenges in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand strong and guard against anything that takes away from our children and undermines our public schools," said Tyler ISD Interim Superintendent Gary Mooring.
Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students. In these challenging times, they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district.
Tyler ISD will host a special ceremony to recognize our school board members during the regular scheduled school board meeting on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dr. Jack L. Davidson Conference Center located in the Player Instructional Complex.
The board members serving Tyler ISD are Michelle Carr, Board President, District 6; Rev. Orenthia Mason, Board Vice President, District 2; Eleno Licea, District 1; Therelee Washington, District 3; Shirley Jordan, District 4; Brad Spradlin, District 5; and Andy Bergfeld, District 7.
"Our district benefits from the contributions of the dedicated efforts of these local citizens who truly care about our kids. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for more than 18,000 students, more than 2,500 employees, and 36 campuses and auxiliary facilities. We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education," Mooring said.