Hays CISD nominated for Outstanding School Board of the Year

Nominees are selected by educational regions; Hays CISD wins for Region 13, which includes Central Texas

HAYS CISD — Hays CISD is one of 15 school districts in Texas nominated for Outstanding School Board of the Year.

Committees of Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) members review the nominations and select up to two school boards per region for consideration for the state-level awards – one with fewer than 1,000 students and one with 1,000 or more students.

Hays CISD was the only board selected to advance from Region 13.

“There is no question among educators that this school year was the most unprecedented ever because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Hays CISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “Navigating that challenge alone would be enough to merit honors for any school board. And, while it was the most significant potential barrier to success, it was not the only aspect of the year that required extraordinary leadership from the Hays CISD Board of Trustees.”

Boards were judged on criteria including board policy, support for educational performance and improvements, commitment to a code of ethics,
good financial stewardship, communication and community involvement and placing the welfare of children first.

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 the fall and one will be selected as the 2021 Outstanding School Board.

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