June 2021 Committee on School Initiatives Item 2

Recommendation for Reappointment to the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees

June 25, 2021


SUMMARY: This item provides an opportunity for the board to consider one reappointment to the board of trustees of Fort Sam Houston Independent School District (ISD). The reappointment is necessary due to the expiration of the term of office of one board member.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.

TEC, §11.352 authorizes the State Board of Education (SBOE) to appoint school board members in special purpose school districts.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: The SBOE is statutorily authorized to appoint board members for military reservation ISDs. Trustees so appointed shall hold office for two years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Enlisted military personnel may be appointed to the board, however, a majority must be civilians, and all may be civilians. When a vacancy occurs on one of these boards, the base commander notifies the commissioner of education of the vacancies in compliance with TEC, §11.352. Vacancies are widely advertised through base newspapers, email, and other electronic methods. Interested individuals submit resumes and other documents verifying that they are qualified to hold the position and would accept it if appointed.

The commanding officer appoints a nomination panel of at least three members who review the application packages, interview the candidates, and evaluate the candidates. The panel’s recommendations are forwarded to the commanding officer for consideration. The commanding officer is required by 19 TAC §61.2 to provide at least one nomination to the SBOE. All nominees must be qualified under the general school laws of Texas and live or be employed on the military reservation.

Col. Shane R. Cuéllar, commander of the 502d Force Support Group, United States Army has notified the commissioner of a vacancy on the board of trustees of the Fort Sam Houston ISD due to the expiration of the term of office of one board member. Colonel Cuéllar recommends the reappointment of Ms. Lisa M. Brown to the Fort Sam Houston ISD Board of Trustees.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Based on Col. Shane R. Cuéllar’s recommendation, approve the reappointment of Ms. Lisa M. Brown to serve a term of office from June 25, 2021 through June 25, 2023, on the Fort Sam Houston ISD Board of Trustees.

Staff Members Responsible:   
Christopher Lucas, Director, Policy, Planning, and Operations, Governance and Accountability
Morris Lyon, Senior Governance Advisor, Governance and Accountability

Correspondence from Col. Shane R. Cuéllar that includes biographical information and supporting materials for the nominee