Lindale ISD trustees named Region VII School Board of the Year

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Lindale ISD:

LINDALE, TX - The Lindale ISD board of trustees has been named the Region VII 2009-2010 School Board of the Year.

The board was nominated by Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt.  To earn the top honor, trustees were judged on a number of criteria: commitment to ethics, support for educational performance and improvement, financial support for the school system and focus on student welfare.

The LISD board of trustees is now eligible for selection as a Texas honor school board through the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).  In September, TASA will name the Texas Outstanding School Board.

"This is a great honor for the Lindale school district," Superintendent Stan Surratt said.  I am proud that the Texas Association of School Administrators has recognized the results and successes of our school district and this school board."

"Their leadership and vision has been tremendous.  They have focused on academic excellence, improved facilities, and improved teacher and staff pay, all while increasing the financial strength of the school district."

Trustees are: President, Brig. Gen James K. "Red" Brown; Vice President, Tim Clemmons; Secretary, Mike Combs; Jay Misenheimer, Matt Watts,  Buddy Munn and Joe Rodriguez.  Former vice president Barham Fulmer did not seek re-election in 2010 and in May, Fulmer was replaced by Jay Misenheimer.

After conducting an extensive facilities study in August 2009, the LISD board of trustees called a $42 million, two-proposition school bond election Proposition I included the construction of a new junior high school, additional classrooms at the high school and a new field house at Eagle Stadium.  Proposition II included a 1,200 seat auditorium, a new baseball and softball complex, improvements to Eagle Stadium and improvements to the tennis dressing facilities.

Proposition I passed by a vote of 1,314 (63.5%) to 755 (36.5%).  Proposition II passed by a vote of 1,235 (60%) to 823 (40%).

In July 2009, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued its accountability ratings, giving Lindale ISD a rating of "Recognized" and Lindale High School, E.J. Moss Intermediate School, Velma Penny Elementary School and Lindale Primary School a rating of "Exemplary," the highest accountability rating. Lindale Junior High School received a rating of "Recognized."

LISD and the five campuses also received 21 Gold Performance Acknowledgements from the TEA.

Preliminary TAKS results in 2010 indicate Lindale ISD will receive a rating of "Exemplary," while Lindale Junior High School, E.J. Moss Intermediate School, Velma Penny Elementary School and Lindale Primary School will also receive ratings of "Exemplary" at the campus level.  Lindale High School would be rated "Recognized."

In December 2009, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services raised its issuer credit rating on the Lindale Independent School District four notches from BBB to A+ based on the district's rapidly improved financial position.

"I can honestly say that these men have achieved their goals in all areas," Superintendent Surratt said.  "The Lindale community is blessed to have a group of men that have worked so well together to achieve so much. Lindale ISD has many successes and much of the credit should go to the Lindale ISD Board of Trustees because of their leadership and vision."

The Region VII Education Service Center serves 106 school districts, in 17 East Texas counties.  Region VII is the largest ESC in the state.