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Goose Creek CISD Honors Board for School Board Recognition Month
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Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman


Goose Creek CISD board members, honored at a recent board meeting for School Board Recognition Month, are (front, from left) Agustin Loredo, III; Howard Sampson, secretary; Shae Cottar; Tiffany Guy; (back, from left) Ben Pape, vice president; Richard Clem, assistant secretary; Jessica Woods, president.



Goose Creek CISD Honors Board for School Board Recognition Month


By: Susan Passmore


Goose Creek CISD joins 1,024 school districts throughout Texas in celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month with the theme, “Navigating to Success.”


“Our school board members are volunteers who assume critical responsibilities and make difficult decisions for our district. Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” said Dr. Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way we can thank them for all they do, and they certainly deserve to be honored for their dedication.”


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 Goose Creek CISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $243 million, nearly 24,000 students, more than 4,000 employees and 28 campuses. Under the board’s leadership and approval from the community for the 2019 Bond, a new junior school, an elementary school and a replacement school for San Jacinto Elementary are underway along with other bond projects. The district has recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Education Service Center, which houses the Special Education Department, instructional specialists, the Testing Department as well as an Employee Fitness Center and an Employee Wellness Clinic. Phase 3 of Stuart Career Tech High School is nearing completion, and Phase 4 has begun, The Global Business Academy at Goose Creek Memorial High School was recently recognized as a Model Academy by the National Career Academy Coalition, joining Ross S. Sterling’s Health Science Academy and Robert E. Lee High School’s STEM Academy in earning this status. Several academies throughout the district have been remodeled, and the Career Academy for Future Educators (CAFÉ) at Sterling is accepting applicants for the 2021-2022 school year. As part of a large energy saving project with ABM, new turf was installed on sports fields at the three high schools. The district is expanding its pre-kindergarten program and Dual Language Two-Way Program. In December 2020, Goose Creek CISD’s district theme, “Here, We Grow Giants,” was recognized as one of 12 exemplary programs in the state in Texas School Business magazine’s Bragging Rights publication.


The board was honored at a recent board meeting with opening ceremony performances by the Horace Mann Junior School choirs, appreciation banners from each campus displayed in the board room, a special dinner prepared by the dual credit culinary arts students at Stuart Career Tech High School and cookie bouquets created by Aramark. Many campuses placed messages thanking the board on their marquees, and a book was placed in each campus library in honor of the board. Mayor Brandon Capetillo presented a proclamation declaring January 2021 as Board Recognition Month.


Board members serving the district and the year they were first elected include Jessica Woods, president, 2015; Ben Pape, vice president, 2017; Howard Sampson, 2009; Richard Clem, assistant secretary, 2017; Shae Cottar, 2019; Tiffany Guy, 2019 and Agustin Loredo, III, 2006.


“It’s more important than ever before that communities stand up for public education so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Please take a moment to tell our school board members thank you for caring about our children and for their dedication to the district as well as to our community. We can all show our support by letting them know that their service is recognized and truly appreciated,” said O’Brien.