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Fifteen Texas school district boards of trustees have been selected as regional nominees for the 2021 TASA School Board Awards. The regional nominees for 2021 Outstanding School Board of the Year are:

Region 1 – Mission CISD Board of Trustees, Carol Perez, nominating superintendent
Region 2 – San Diego ISD Board of Trustees, Rodrigo H. Pena, nominating superintendent
Region 4 – Tomball ISD Board of Trustees, Martha Salazar-Zamora, nominating superintendent
Region 5 – Newton ISD Board of Trustees, Michelle Barrow, nominating superintendent
Region 6 – Splendora ISD Board of Trustees, Jeff Burke, nominating superintendent
Region 7 (large district category) – Longview ISD Board of Trustees, James Wilcox, nominating superintendent
Region 7 (small district category) – Fruitvale ISD Board of Trustees, Rebecca Bain, nominating superintendent
Region 10 – Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees, Marc Smith, nominating superintendent
Region 11 – Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, Susan Bohn, nominating superintendent
Region 13 – Hays CISD Board of Trustees, Eric Wright, nominating superintendent
Region 15 – San Felipe Del Rio CISD Board of Trustees, Carlos H. Rios, nominating superintendent
Region 16 – Gruver ISD Board of Trustees, Wade Calloway, nominating superintendent
Region 18 – Ector County ISD Board of Trustees, Scott Muri, nominating superintendent
Region 19 – Clint ISD Board of Trustees, Juan Martinez, nominating superintendent
Region 20 – Somerset ISD Board of Trustees, Saul Hinojosa, nominating superintendent

Texas school superintendents who are TASA members and meet other criteria may nominate their boards of trustees for the TASA School Board Awards. Committees of TASA members organized by Texas’ regional education service centers review the nominations and select up to two school boards for consideration for the state-level awards: one with fewer than 1,000 students and one with 1,000 or more students.

TASA’s School Board Awards Committee will meet virtually in early August to select up to five of the nominated boards to be recognized as Honor Boards. Those finalists will be interviewed in Dallas at txEDCON, the TASA|TASB Convention on September 24, and the 2021 Outstanding School Board will be announced September 25.

The TASA School Board Awards Program was established in 1971 to recognize the dedication and service of school boards that make a positive impact on the schoolchildren of Texas.

TASA is the professional association for Texas school superintendents and other administrators. The mission of the organization, which focuses on professional learning, advocacy and member engagement, is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.