(Austin) –David Montz, trustee from Friendswood ISD joined 35 other school board
members from across Texas September 25-27 at the kickoff 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 138 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 conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB
convention in Dallas, the trustees heard featured speakers Peter DeLisle, Ph.D. and Debra Fine.
DeLisle, a recognized authority on leadership training, focused on characteristics of effective
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 Austin, November 20-22; 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.
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 than 4.9 million public school students.