McLennan County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday morning honoring Waco ISD's Trustees for being named the Region 12 Education Service Center's Board of the Year recently. The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) recognized the Board for it's work in a district with more than 1,000 students.
County Judge Scott Felton commended Trustees, saying through the continued effort of the Waco ISD School Board, parents, and the community, "our students will continually be exposed to opportunities that can and will enhance their futures to a level of confidence and security."
Board members Pat Atkins, Allen Sykes, Norman Manning and Stephanie Korteweg were present for the honor, representing fellow trustees Cary DuPuy, Larry Perez and Angels Tekell. The 12-county Region 12 ESC honored them for "the excellent work you have done in the district for the students of Waco ISD," according to a spokesperson.
Waco ISD Trustees directed the District to a number of successful initiatives and programs over the last two years, including a Tax Ratification Election, teacher incentive pay, magnet school opportunities, a growing dual credit curriculum, and the Greater Waco Advanced Health Care and Manufacturing Academies. Accountability test scores have improved on campuses, and Trustees have implemented new neighborhood programs to get community input.
“Waco ISD’s progress over the past several years is really a direct result of the support we have received from the community," Atkins explained. "Initiatives like Prosper Waco and the investment made by the voters in last year’s tax ratification election have allowed the school board, and the district as a whole, to better serve the needs of our students.”
Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain echoed that, saying, "This award is well deserved for the Waco ISD School Board! They stand tall in the face of having to make really tough decisions."
"They always put students first, they truly believe in the value of public education, and they give tirelessly of their time," Cain added.
The Region 12 ESC partners with more than 75 districts across a dozen Central Texas counties, helping students achieve success. Twenty-six of those districts, including Waco ISD, have more than a thousand students.
Aquilla ISD was named the region's School Board of the Year for districts with less than 1,000 students enrolled.
Fifteen regional-winning Districts in the two size categories will be pared down to five finalists late in July, and then a state winner will be selected by TASA in September.