Recommendation for Appointments to the
Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees
January 15, 2010
COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: CONSENT
SUMMARY: This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of two appointments to the board of trustees of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District. These appointments are necessary to fill the vacancies resulting from the expiration of the terms of office for two board members.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 TAC §61.2.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: No previous board action has occurred on this item.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The State Board of Education is statutorily authorized to appoint board members for military reservation independent school districts. Trustees so appointed shall hold office for two years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Enlisted military personnel may be appointed to the board; however, a majority must be civilians and all may be civilians. When a vacancy occurs on one of these boards, the base commander notifies the commissioner of education of such in compliance with TEC, §11.352, and provides at least three nominations pursuant to 19 TAC §61.2 to fill the vacancy. The nominations may or may not be ranked in order of preference. All nominees must be qualified under the general school laws of Texas and live or be employed on the military reservation.
Colonel Mary E. Garr, Garrison Commander, United States Army, Fort Sam Houston, has notified the commissioner of two vacancies which exist on the board of trustees of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District due to the expiration of the terms of office for two board members: Mrs. Jane Crow and Ms. Jeanne Warren on November 15, 2009. Colonel Garr has provided three nominations for each vacancy: Mrs. Jane Crow, Mr. Emil Meis, and Ms. Cindy Ybanez to fill Mrs. Jane Crow’s position; Ms. Jeanne Warren, Ms. Robbye Durham, and Mr. Brian Gibson to fill Ms. Jeanne Warren’s position.
FISCAL IMPACT: No fiscal impact to the state will occur.
PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Both the public and the students will benefit by having qualified individuals appointed to the board of trustees.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: No procedural or reporting implications exist.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: No public comments are presented.
ALTERNATIVES: No alternatives are suggested.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: No other comments or related issues are presented.
COMMISSIONER’S RECOMMENDATION: I recommend that the State Board of Education:
Approve the reappointment of two candidates, to serve two-year terms of office, from January 15, 2010 through January 14, 2012, on the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Commissioner of Education
Staff Members Responsible:
Ray Glynn, Deputy Commissioner
School District Leadership and Educator Quality
Laura Taylor, Associate Commissioner
I. Correspondence from base commander which includes biographical information and supporting materials for each nominee