AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that eight Texas school districts have been selected to be part of the inaugural Lone Star Governance (LSG) Exemplar Cohort. The LSG Exemplar Cohort is designed for high-performing local governing teams – school board members and their superintendents – that want to continue honing their intense focus on one primary objective: improving student outcomes.
The eight governing teams selected to be part of the LSG Exemplar Cohort are from the following districts: Canutillo ISD; Ector County ISD; Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD; Mansfield ISD; Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD; San Elizario ISD; Sierra Blanca ISD; and Tornillo ISD.
“The leadership at these eight school districts are already demonstrating effective governance practices where the success of every student is the focus,” said Commissioner Morath. “As part of the inaugural LSG Exemplar Cohort, the school board members and superintendents in these districts seek to take their efforts to the next level, which can lead to better student outcomes in their communities.”
As part of the LSG Exemplar Cohort, district leadership has committed to a year-long process, with the option of an additional one-year extension. Supports for school board members and superintendents include:
- Attendance at an LSG workshop;
- Monthly board, board chair, superintendent, and staff implementation support;
- Quarterly self-evaluation support;
- All statutorily required board member trainings;
- Support to earn the upcoming district-level distinction in exemplary governance on the accountability report and Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR);
- Early access to upcoming Lone Star Governance-related trainings; and
- Collaboration with high-performing governing teams.
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