Texas has more than 5 million students in its public schools. That is 5 million young minds from about 5 years old to about 18 years old, and our state is attracting even more. Every year, our student population increases by about 85,000 additional students.
Those impressionable young people depend on the adults in Texas to provide for them. They need shelter and food and nurturing and an education. Who will step up to see that ALL the children not just the ones in our own households have what they need in our schools?
In Texas, more than 7,200 generous people have offered to help. These are people who receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. These are people who not only volunteer but go through the process of standing up for public education. They are locally elected school board members. They are your neighbors, and they care. Marfa ISD has seven board members. Robert Halpern is the longest serving. He has been on the board since May 2009. He served as president from August 2011 until May 2015). Tina Lujan, has served since April 2011 and has served as the board secretary since May 2012. Katie Price Fowlkes has served on the board since September 2010 and has served as the vice-president since May 2012. Cosme Roman was elected to the board in May 2012 and has served as the president of the board since May 2015. Katherine Shaughnessy-Michaelhas served on the board since May 2013. Mark Cash has served on the board since May 2012. Mahala Guevara has served on the board since March 2013. The board members are not compensated for their time.
These public servants donate their time and talents to ensure that ALL our children have the best public schools we can provide. These people sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. And make no mistake about it, the whole community benefits from good schools.
Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children. Local school board members are truly heroes for our schools. Please join the administration, staff, and students of Marfa ISD in celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January by expressing your support and gratitude to our school trustees.