TASA has named the Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees the 2023 Outstanding School Board — the top honor in the TASA School Board Awards program, which has honored Texas school boards that have demonstrated commitment to their students and to their communities since 1971. The program is sponsored this year by Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union and Paper.
The Corsicana school board was chosen from among five finalists interviewed by a committee of Texas school administrators. The committee was impressed by the board’s focus on the whole child as well as the trustees’ commitment to their community and advocacy for students on the local, state and federal levels.
“This board is committed to children,” said members of the selection committee. “They are focused on changing student lives in very real, visible ways that impact their futures. It’s not just about graduating kids but about preparing citizens of their community to be successful.”
The committee described the Corsicana board as “innovative, creative and forward-thinking,” and said that they “embody the concept of the Team of Eight.”
“When we talk about a school board that we want other boards to emulate and look up to, this board absolutely shined,” said the committee. “You can tell that they have worked together for many years. They demonstrate what an effective board can do over time if they are allowed to work together with the superintendent and with the community on behalf of students.”
In her nomination of the board for this award, Superintendent Diane Frost said: “None of what we do for the children of this community would be possible without the leadership and guidance of the Corsicana ISD School Board. These men and women serve without compensation, giving of their time and their talents to support the mission and vision of CISD. They are strong advocates for public education and work tirelessly to ensure that we have the resources, systems, and policies in place to ensure that every child’s needs are met every day. In CISD, we are focused on Every Tiger. Every Day.”
Corsicana ISD is a public school district serving approximately 6,000 students in Corsicana, Texas, which is northeast of Waco and southeast of Dallas in Education Service Center Region 12. Corsicana ISD has 900 employees and eight campuses — five elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school.
The other four finalists for 2023 Outstanding School Board are: Crowley ISD, Region 11; Montgomery ISD, Region 6; Texas City ISD, Region 4; and Ysleta ISD, Region 19.
The 2023 Regional Honor Boards (semifinalists) are: Rio Grande City Grulla ISD, Region 1; Ingleside ISD, Region 2; Rice Consolidated ISD, Region 3; West Orange-Cove CISD, Region 5; Mineola ISD, Region 7; Canadian ISD, Region 16; and Fort Stockton ISD, Region 18.