Celebrating school board recognition

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Celebrating School Board Recognition Month
Posted on 01/10/2020

Calhoun County ISD is joining 1,025 school districts throughout Texas to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Calhoun County ISD School Board is responsible for an annual budget of $40 million, 3,846 students, 593 employees, and seven campuses.

School board members serve in a volunteer capacity, without payment, and spend countless hours reviewing information to make the best possible decisions for the future success of our schools.

Thanks to a supportive school board and community, Calhoun County ISD has achieved several academic and extracurricular honors.

In 2019, the district improved its overall accountability rating by a letter grade, compared to the year before. Calhoun County ISD schools earned a total of 17 designation distinctions for outstanding performance in a variety of areas. For the third, consecutive year, HJM Elementary received special recognition for earning all possible distinction designations applicable for their school. Also, JR Elementary received five distinctions, and Calhoun High School received four.

Additionally, the Calhoun High School (CHS) Academic UIL team was named District Champions for the 12th time in the past 13 years, and several teams advanced to the Regional competition. Several athletic teams and individuals were high performers at the district-level and advanced to regional and state competitions. The CHS Robotics team competed at the World Competition, for the third, consecutive year. Two hundred and eleven students graduated from Calhoun High School in May 2019 and 42 graduated from Hope High School.

Safety and security is a top priority for the Calhoun County ISD School Board and Administration. Board members supported the procurement and processes necessary to secure school entrances. Strategic fencing, a radio communication upgrade and a clear bag policy at Sandcrab Stadium were also implemented over the past year.

Please join in celebrating School Board Recognition Month throughout the month of January. Take a moment to say thank you for the work school board members are doing on your behalf. Sincere appreciation is extended to the following Calhoun County ISD School Board members: Bill Harvey, President (District 3); Lina Moore, Vice President (District 4); John Foester, Secretary (District 6); Dominic Robles (District 1); Joe Ortiz (District 2); Karen Caraway (District 5); and David Gaskamp (District At-Large).