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Bandera ISD trustees focus on leadership


Photo courtesy BISD
At the luncheon meeting of the Summer Leadership Institute, BISD board members Brittney Hicks, Dr. Barbara Skipper, Laurie Palacios, Heidi Battle, Bo Mansfield and Don Miller enjoy a time of learning and team building.

The Trustees of the Bandera Independent School District joined school district trustees from across the state at the Texas Association of School Boards' (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute June 19-21 in San Antonio. Approximately 2,300 new and veteran education leaders received in-depth training on critical issues facing local districts and discussed best practices for effective board governance and cost-efficient programs.
At Friday's general session, speaker Rosalind Wiseman shared her insights on parenting and bullying. Her groundbreaking, bestselling book was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. She is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, bullying intervention, use of social media, and ethical leadership.
Among key issues discussed during the institute were school safety, college-career readiness, community engagement, student privacy, graduation and class rank policies, energy conservation, emerging technology, father and family involvement, and education issues for children at risk.
Sessions for newly elected trustees and board presidents offered a combination of both breakout and in-depth formats on all facets of board governance.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5 million students.