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November 2021 Committee on School Initiatives Item 1

Recommendation for Reappointments to the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees

November 19, 2021


SUMMARY: This item provides an opportunity for the board to consider three reappointments to the board of trustees of Fort Sam Houston Independent School District (ISD). The reappointments are necessary due to the expiration of the terms of office of three board members.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.

TEC, §11.352 authorizes the State Board of Education (SBOE) to appoint school board members in special purpose school districts.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: The SBOE is statutorily authorized to appoint board members for military reservation ISDs. 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, the base commander notifies the commissioner of education of the vacancy in compliance with TEC, §11.352. Vacancies are widely advertised through base newspapers, email, and other electronic methods. Interested individuals submit resumes and other documents verifying that they are qualified to hold the position and would accept it if appointed.

The commanding officer appoints a nomination panel of at least three members who review the application packages, interview the candidates, and evaluate the candidates. The panel’s recommendations are forwarded to the commanding officer for consideration. The commanding officer is required by 19 TAC §61.2 to provide at least one nomination to the SBOE. All nominees must be qualified under the general school laws of Texas and live or be employed on the military reservation.

Colonel Shane R. Cuéllar, commander of the 502d Force Support Group, United States Army has notified the commissioner that the terms of three current trustees of the Fort Sam Houston ISD are expiring. Colonel Cuéllar recommends the reappointments of Mr. Willie E. White, Ms. Deborah E. Seabron, and Ms. Andrea Nicholas to the Fort Sam Houston ISD Board of Trustees.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Based on Colonel Shane R. Cuéllar’s recommendation, approve the reappointments of Mr. Willie E. White, Ms. Deborah E. Seabron, and Ms. Andrea Nicholas to serve terms of office from November 19, 2021, through November 19, 2023, on the Fort Sam Houston ISD Board of Trustees.

Staff Members Responsible:   
Jeffrey Cottrill, Deputy Commissioner, Governance and Accountability
Christopher Lucas, Director, Policy, Planning, and Operations, Governance and Accountability

Correspondence from Colonel Shane R. Cuéllar that includes biographical information and supporting materials for each nominee