Local Trustee Participates in Leadership Program


(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

property wealth.

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.