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BISD notes School Board Recognition Month


January is School Board Recognition Month and Bandera ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.
"School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child," said BISD Superintendent Regina Howell. "In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex education and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in Bandera for an annual budget of $17 million; 2,360 students, in grades Pre-Kinder to 12; more than 300 employees; and 4 campuses.
"Preparing today's students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our children," said Howell.
Dr. Barbara Skipper has served 11 years on the Bandera ISD School Board as secretary, vice president and president. She served nine years as board president. "I enjoy being on the BISD school board, working with a team of community and staff members to improve our schools," she stated.
Laurie Palacios has served on the BISD board for three years. She served as assis-tant secretary in 2012 and currently serves as secretary. "I choose to serve on the school board because it gives me the opportunity to make a difference in a student's life. It also allows me to work with the best administrators and faculty," said Palacios.
Laurie Neff has served on the BISD School Board since 2002. She has served as assistant secretary, vice president and president.
Other members of the BISD board of trustees are Don Miller, four years; Bo Mansfield, one year; Heidi Battle and Brittany Hicks, both serving their first year.