APPLE SPRINGS ISD
Where Character Counts!
Superintendent / Head Football Coach
Each January in Texas is School Board Appreciation Month. It has been that way for decades. As with any effort to recognize the efforts of a particular group, the more often something is done, the less impact it may have. I believe it is extremely important that we as Texas residents do not allow local school board recognition to become routine. In our cherished democracy, local school districts would not exist without those who give of their time, with absolutely no compensation, to serve as elected trustees.
There is much misconception about what a school board member does while serving the district. Their roles are often limited by statutory measures. Many of the decisions regarding public education are made at the federal and state levels. Yet even with the ever increasing requirements placed upon them, school board members continue to honor and execute the responsibility given them by the electorate. And just what is that responsibility? Although volumes of legal jargon have been written in an attempt to explain it, the duty of school board members can be summarized in one simple, yet monumentally important function: Insure the very best decisions and practices are conducted on behalf of the children of the district.
A great school board member will always make decisions based solely on what is best for students. A great school board member will be an advocate for children. A great school board member will forfeit his/her own popularity or political position in order to do what is right for kids. This being the case, I am proud to say that we in Apple Springs ISD are blessed with great school board members. Our trustees genuinely care for the children of this district. Our board members truly want to offer our students the very best education possible. They make decisions, even difficult, unpopular decisions, with one aspiration - to provide the very best for our kids. No greater characteristic could be said of a public servant.
I am honored, proud, and thankful to work with David Hildebrand, Karla Hollins, Robert Lankford, Daniel Murray, Amanda Roden, Jenny Sanders, and Audrey Young. I am always confident that no matter how difficult, these trustees will do everything within their power to enhance the educational opportunities for all of our students. Our trustees share a common attribute with our staff – they love our kids! Our board’s unwavering commitment to our students is the foundation that makes Apple Springs ISD a truly exceptional school district.
Superintendent of Schools