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Thank a school board member

Special to the Courier

January is School Board Recognition Month and Bandera ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools.
"Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students," said Regina Howell, BISD Superintendent. "As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas school children.
"Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district," Howell said. "It's more important than ever before that the community supports public education so that today's students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children or undermines our public schools," she said.
Board members were recognized at the regular meeting of the school board on Monday, January 12 and honored with student designed mementos. Bandera ISD School Board Members are: Place 1, John Junker; Place 2, President Laurie Neff; Place 3, Vice President Dr. Barbara Skipper; Place 4, Bo Mansfield; Place 5, Brittany S. Hicks; Place 6, Assistant Secretary Heidi Battle and Place 7 Secretary Laurie Palacios. "It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve on the Bandera ISD School Board. It is amazing what our teachers and students are able to accomplish," said Board Vice President Dr. Barbara Skipper.
Board Secretary Laurie Palacios said "Being a Bandera ISD school board trustee is very rewarding. We have the most caring administrators, faculty and staff who go the extra mile for our students."
Bandera ISD "Met Standards" in all areas of campus and district accountability this year and earned 6 Distinction Designations.
Assistant Board Secretary Heidi Battle commented "Each day as I pick up my daughter from Alkek Elementary School and observe mothers, fathers, and grandparents gathered to collect their students, I am reminded that we are one community all with the same goal: our children. I take my role as a trustee very seriously, understanding the important part I can play in the future of our students."
Rookie board member John Junker added "I have had an interest in the school board for a number of years and knew when I could truly dedicate the time and focus, I would run. I am proud of our school district and appreciate the efforts that our administration, teachers and coaches put into our young adults. For me, this is a great way to support the most critical asset in our community."
"Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay," said Howell. "Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $23.6 million, 2294 students, 333 employees and four campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students no and in the future."