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October 14, 2011
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Local Trustee Participates in Leadership Program

        (Austin) –Joe Stephens, trustee from Galena Park ISD joined 35 other school boardmembers from across Texas September 30-October 2 at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB class of 2012. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent schooldistricts of all sizes, with student populations of 262 to 62,000, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.

        Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.

        Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB convention in Austin, the trustees heard featured speakers Peter DeLisle, Ph.D. and Debra Fine. DeLisle and Leslie B. Crane, chair and director of the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College,focused on leadership and team building. Fine is a nationally known motivational speaker and author of The Fine Art of Small Talks. Board members also received training at convention sessions and attended the TASB Delegate Assembly, the Association’s annual business meeting.

        Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Dallas, November 11-12; CorpusChristi, February 16-18; McAllen, April 12-14; and San Antonio, June 14-16. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has almost 600 graduates to date.

        TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent have combined annual expenditures of $54 billion, employ more than 659,000 people, and serve more than 4.8 million public school students.

Joe Stephens

Joe Stephens - Galena Park ISD Board of Trustees Vice President