La Porte ISD Board of Trustees vice president Craig Hulcy joined 30 other school board
members from across Texas September 24-26 at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB
class of 2011. 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 275 to 62,000, and reflect a similar range of
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 conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB
convention in Houston, the trustees heard featured speakers Peter DeLisle, Ph.D. and Debra Fine.
DeLisle, Leslie B. Crane chair and director of the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College,
focused on leadership and team building. Fine is a nationally known motivational speaker and
author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. Board members also received training at convention
sessions and attended the TASB Delegate Assembly, the Association’s annual business meeting.
Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Austin, November 5 - 6; Corpus
Christi, February 24-26; El Paso, April 14-16; and Fort Worth, June 16-18. 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 almost
600 graduates to date.
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 than 4.7 million public school students.