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Trustees focus on leadership

Special to the Courier

Photo courtesy BISD
BISD board members Heidi Battle, Dr. Barbara Skipper, Laurie Neff, BISD Superintendent Regina Howell, Laurie Palacios, Brittany S. Hicks, and, seated, Bo Mansfield and John Junker, attend the annual TASB Summer Leadership Conference in San Antonio.

The Bandera ISD Board of Trustees along with Superintendent Regina Howell joined trustees and administrators from across the state at the Texas Association of School Boards' (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute June 11 -13 in San Antonio. Approximately 2100 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. Sessions for new elected trustees and board presidents offered a combination of both break-out and in-depth formats on all facets of board governance.
Tim Sanders, noted author and Thursday's keynote speaker, advises Fortune 500 executives on leadership, marketing, and new media strategies. With experience in cutting edge businesses, sales, and marketing, he weathered the quality movement and dot-com crash, and emerged with valuable insights for achieving one's goals.
Friday's general session featured educator and author David Berliner, who has received numerous awards for his contribution to education. He also led an in-depth session to further explore his latest book, 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America's Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, which he coauthored with Gene Glass and students.
Among issues examined during the Institute were the changing face of the labor force, emergency management in an age of social media, school finance, cultivating creativity for a global market, and the importance of public education for Texas' future.