Education Celebration: Honoring the school board

Jan. 12, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2014 at 7:12 p.m.

This month, we are celebrating a group of dedicated people who are exceptional Champions for Children in the Victoria school district.

January is officially designated as School Board Recognition Month in Texas, but we like to think more in terms of School Board Celebration Month. We are very fortunate in VISD to have seven trustees who devote hundreds of hours each year in service to our schools and the children in them.

Collectively, our board has more than 50 years of experience. The average tenure on the board is just more than seven years. Last year alone, trustees took part in more than 240 hours of training programs, plus spent hundreds of hours in meetings, at school events and visits with constituents.

They receive no monetary compensation. They do what they do out of dedication to our community and our students.

We offer them our sincere thanks and celebrate that there are people who are willing to step out into the public arena in service to others.

We are also celebrating talent across the Victoria school district.

I hope you had the opportunity to take in the high school musical presentation of "Little Shop of Horrors" over the weekend. The students are great entertainers, and the others who were behind the scenes made for evenings of magic and fun.

In the lobby of the Victoria Fine Arts Center, we were wowed by the artistic talents of our students. The annual display of Western Art created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade shows the depth of creativity and the support of teachers. The art show was in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Show.

If you missed the art show, don't fear. The artwork will still be on display in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center all month.

Last Tuesday, students and parents were able to see how fun science can be with the Family Science Night sponsored by the bilingual/ESL department. There were lessons offered in how sound is created and how it moves. We - I went to the demonstration tables, too - got a look at optical illusions, the power of magnets, static electricity, energy, changes in chemical state and other fun demonstrations. It was educational with students getting vocabulary lessons along with science. What a celebration of learning.

Thursday and Friday, our eighth-grade students learned about some of the careers that await them in the Crossroads. It was a part of the Dream Big STEM Expo that brought dozens of industry and service professionals to the Victoria College Health Sciences Center for the two-day event. All of our eighth-grade students were included in presentations that covered the jobs that are available and the educational requirements for professions. The presentations also showed the students how what they are learning now has real-world applications.

Big thanks go to all the sponsors who gave of their time to work with our students and to the team, including the Victoria Business and Education Coalition, which pulled the event together.

Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Contact her at



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