Charles R. Stafford
Keep Looking Ahead
More Challenges, Opportunities Are on the Horizon
by Charles R. Stafford
From the Top
As our friends, colleagues, and fellow
Texans continue to recover from the effects
of Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and
prayers go out to all who have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented disaster.
As always, TASB stands ready to help
with the challenges and recovery efforts that
affected school districts face in the coming
weeks and months. The Association has
compiled a list of resources that districts can
turn to for support, assistance, and guidance.
tasb.org/About-TASB/TASB-Disas-ter-Response-Resources.aspx for links to
legal, facility, human resources, and risk
management claims and response sites, as
well as links to state and national resources.
As we work to help get districts in
the Houston and Gulf Coast areas back on
their feet, keep in mind we still have work
to do to advocate for the health of public
education in Texas. It is more important
than ever for Texas trustees to stand up
now for public schools.
I hope that many of you signed up
to share your voice in the 2017 TASB
Delegate Assembly, which will take place
October 7 in Dallas during the 2017
Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune will
join the Assembly, sharing his insights on the
85th legislative session and the special session. Delegates will also earn training credit
while learning how to effectively advocate
for their districts. For more information on
Delegate Assembly, visit delegate.tasb.org.
On the national level, you can join
school board members from across the nation in Washington, DC, next year for the
National School Boards Association’s Advocacy Institute, set for February 4-6, 2018.
TASB is again offering a stipend for
school board members interested in at-
tending the institute. Local school boards
may nominate a trustee and alternate to
represent their districts at the conference,
which is the only national legislative event
exclusively for school trustees. TASB’s goal
is to have a representative from each Texas
congressional district at the event.
Attendees at the institute have the op-
portunity to champion our public schools
with members of Congress, network with fel-
low trustees from districts nationwide, gain
perspective of legal experts on key national
issues affecting school districts, gain insight
from national thought leaders, and more.
For more information, visit tasb.org/
Legislative/Events/NSBA-Advocacy-Institute.aspx or contact TASB Governmental Relations Assistant Director Ruben
Longoria at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Get Ready for November Elections
With November elections quickly
approaching, remember that TASB has
a variety of resources to help districts
get ready for the elections. TASB Legal
Services has prepared a memo addressing
all of the key deadlines and requirements,
as well as joint elections, cancellation of
elections, post-election issues, and more.
Although some of these key dates have al-
ready passed, there are more key dates and
deadlines coming up. To access this memo,
go to tasb.org/Services/Legal-Services/
Additionally, other election-related
resources are available in TASB School Law
eSource under Governance, Elections.
TASB Leadership Team Services has
also compiled information to help school
board candidates learn about the job of
a school board member, including the
publication entitled Guide for School Board
Candidates, which is a great resource to
help potential trustees make an informed
decision about running for office.
For quick access to these resources, encourage candidates in your district to review
the resources for board candidates at tasb.
See You at Convention
This edition marks my final “From the
Top” column as your Association president.
I would like to say what an honor and
privilege it has been to serve this year. I
have met so many wonderful and dedicated
champions of public schools all across this
great state; your devotion to your schools
and your children is a true inspiration.
I would like to thank the many TASB
staff members, my fellow TASB Board of
Directors members, and my Denton ISD
colleagues for their invaluable support, as-
sistance, and patience throughout the year.
I hope to see many of you in Dallas
in October as we celebrate another TASA/
TASB Convention—and I look forward
to the many great things incoming TASB
President Teresa Flores of Ingleside ISD
has in store for us as she takes the presi-
dent’s gavel at Delegate Assembly this year.
Thank you and God bless.H
Charles R. Stafford, a Denton ISD trustee, is
2016-17 president of TASB.