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Trustees finalize leadership training

July 27, 2013 at 2:27 a.m.

John Ellsworth

Bloomington school district trustee John Ellsworth and Victoria school district trustee Michael DiSanto have earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

During the fifth session, June 13-15, school board members in the 2012-13 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team's findings following yearlong research.

Class participants selected topics related to public school accountability and selected narrowed research fields for in-depth study.

Their research focused on topics that included historical understandings, commonly held yet erroneous perceptions, international academic competitiveness, relevance of national standards, alternatives to high-stakes testing and regaining public trust.

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB's Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth.

More than 1,100 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.

After the graduation ceremony June 14, participants joined the ranks of more than 700 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.

The 2013 Leadership TASB class, composed of 35 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth.

Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve area Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5 million public school students.

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