January is School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Recognition month in Friendswood ISD. The district will honor the seven elected officials at the regularly scheduled meeting of the board on January 13, 2020.

To highlight the celebration, the seven trustees will be “adopted” by a campus in the district, the Special Education Department and the Technology Department. Each year the location rotates for each member. 

During the month it is not unusual for visitors to see a board member at lunch or in a classroom, lab or attending a special program. 

The campus invites the members to all events of interest to showcases what students are accomplishing.

Reports from board members in the past for feedback have been filled with memories of fun events and programs that helped them understand what is happening at the schools and see academic progress in action.

A small token of appreciation will be created of the board members visit to the campuses and delivered throughout the month.

The state theme for School Board Appreciation month is a space theme; Launching the Next Generation. The Texas Association of School Boards promotes the theme each year to build awareness and support. 

“School board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children,” Superintendent Thad J. Roher said.

Current Friendswood ISD Board members include President Tony Hopkins is a Friendswood Alumnus and President of Four Creeks Investments LLC, Vice-President Dr. David Montz D.D.S.and Friendswood Alumnus,, Secretary Rebecca Hillenburg, former junior high principal and teacher in FISD; and members Robert McCabe, attorney and partner in the firm Thompson, Coe, Cousins and Irons, LLP; the Rev. Ralph Hobratschk, senior pastor of Hope Lutheran Church; Denise Ruiz, advocate for Friendswood and public schools and Laura Seifert founder of Yes. Ministries.

Friendswood ISD is appreciative of their service, focusing on the best interests of children in the district.  They make critical choices and are advocates for public education. Their vision and leadership skills help Friendswood ISD be the premier district that it is.

They devote much time each year to conferences, workshops, and courses that offer further insight into the varied roles of a successful board.  

FISD Board of Trustees meets regularly the second Monday of each month beginning at 5:45 pm at the Administration Building boardroom at 402 Laurel. It is an open meeting.

“Our board is a team that is composed of local citizens who are dedicated to their efforts. They work tireless hours without pay and it truly is a ‘work of heart,’ from each one,” Superintendent Roher said. “We appreciate their work in January and every other month in the year. We thank them for their year-round commitment to Friendswood ISD.”