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TASA Executive Director Announces Retirement
Johnny L. Veselka, executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) for more than three decades, announced his retirement effective February 28, 2018.
Veselka, who has served TASA for 43 years, has been the association’s chief executive
for 31 years.
A former classroom teacher in North East ISD, Veselka joined the TASA staff in 1974.
From 1979 to 1981, he participated in the Cooperative Superintendency Program, a
doctoral program jointly sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas
Education Agency, earning his doctorate in educational administration in 1982.
TASA officers and the association’s executive committee will conduct a search to select
the next executive director.
Ector County ISD Honored for Inventive Education
Ector County ISD was one of five school districts across the country honored for finding inventive ways to use online and blended learning programs to meet diverse
student needs. The Fuel Education’s Transformation Awards program, which celebrates
schools, districts, or organizations that are transforming the way teachers teach and
students learn using digital learning solutions, recently announced the following as 2017
Transformation Award winners:
• Baltimore County, Maryland, Public Schools—for blending online and face-to-face
instruction to create an engaging Spanish experience through its Passport Program
• Ector County ISD—for using supplemental, rewards-based learning to help close the
student achievement gap for students with special needs, English language learners,
transient students, and others with unique needs
• Hermiston, Oregon, School District—for expanding course offerings, fostering inde-
pendence, and meeting unique student needs by blending and flipping instruction in
a comprehensive high school
• Uplift Monterey, California—for creating the opportunity for high school dropouts
ages 16 to 24 to earn a high school diploma while completing courses toward a com-
prehensive career path
• West Ada, Idaho, School District—for giving students a second chance to earn their
high school diplomas in a flexible learning environment
“These schools and districts have taken a fresh look at student challenges and have
identified inspiring, new ways to use online learning to create impactful programs,” said
Fuel Education General Manager Sean Ryan. “FuelEd strives to provide the tools to help
every student succeed, regardless of their specific needs. But let’s be clear, it is the innova-
This year’s award recipients were selected from a pool of districts and schools with
different demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds, representing a wide range
of student needs. The Transformation Award winners’ programs demonstrated creativity
and resourcefulness in developing new ways to address certain challenges, such as provid-
ing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, learn a
foreign language, recover credits, or prepare for the work force.
The Fuel Education organization partners with schools and districts to provide
students equitable learning opportunities personalized to serve each student’s different
interests and learning style. For more about the organization or this year’s Transformation
Award winners, visit fueleducation.com.
Houston ISD Names Auditorium after Rodriguez
The Houston ISD Board of Education on July 31 approved
naming the auditorium in the
district’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center after longtime
Houston ISD Board member Manny
Rodriguez, who passed away July
19. The official naming ceremony
was held August 10.
“From now on, every time
anyone walks into the board auditorium, they will be reminded of a
man who dedicated years to helping
our students,” said Houston ISD
Superintendent Richard Carranza.
Rodriguez was the longest-serving member of the current
Houston ISD Board, having served
since 2003. Rodriguez, who served
on the TASB Board of Directors from
2008 to 2011, was president of the
Mexican American School Board
Members Association in 2010.
Rodriguez held every office on the
Houston ISD Board, including assistant secretary, second vice-president,
first vice-president, and president.
Houston ISD Board President
Wanda Adams said Rodriguez was
a strong leader in his community
and supported the education of all