(Austin) – David Montz, trustee from Friendswood ISD joined 33 other school board
members from across Texas November 20-22 at the second session of the Leadership TASB
class of 2015. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is
participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school
districts of all sizes, with student populations of 164 to 159,000, and reflect a similar range of
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 Austin, the trustees heard featured speakers Jamey Harrison and Bill Graham.
Harrison, deputy director of the University Interscholastic League (UIL), offered his perspective
on the historical and current work of the UIL as well as plans for future expansion. On Saturday,
the group heard keynote speaker Graham, President of Graham Corporate Communications. A
nationally recognized trainer in effective communication, he provided the group with tips on
effective strategies for contacts with policymakers. His client list includes numerous political
candidates and corporate executives.
In addition to speakers, the participants visited Austin’s Griffin School and Round Rock
Independent School District’s Round Rock High School.
Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Houston, January 29-31; El Paso,
April 9-11; and Forth Worth, June 18-20. 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 more than 700 graduates
to date. The current class is sponsored in part by H•E•B.
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 serve more approximately 5 million public school students.