April 2022 Committee on School Initiatives Item 1

Recommendation for One Reappointment to the Boys Ranch Independent School District Board of Trustees

April 8, 2022


SUMMARY: This item provides an opportunity for the board to consider one reappointment to the board of trustees of Boys Ranch 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.

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 special purpose ISDs created under its authority to establish certain special purpose school districts. Trustees so appointed hold office for two years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. When a vacancy occurs, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch notifies the commissioner of education of the vacancy in compliance with TEC, §11.352. The CEO submits resumés and other documents verifying that the individuals are qualified to hold the position as well as a statement that the individual would accept the position if appointed. The CEO is required by 19 TAC §61.2 to provide one nomination to the SBOE. The nominee must be qualified under the general school laws of Texas.

Mr. Mark Strother, interim president and CEO of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, has notified the commissioner that the term of office of one board member is expiring. Mr. Mark Strother has requested that Mr. George Owen be reappointed for a two-year term. Supporting documentation for the recommended candidate is attached.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Based on Mr. Mark Strother’s recommendation, approve the reappointment of Mr. George Owen to serve a two-year term of office, from April 8, 2022, to April 7, 2024, on the Boys Ranch ISD Board of Trustees.

Staff Members Responsible:   
Jeffrey Cottrill, Deputy Commissioner, Governance and Accountability
Christopher Lucas, Director, Policy, Planning, and Operations, Governance and Accountability

Correspondence from Mr. Mark Strother, interim president and CEO of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch
ISD that includes supporting material for the nominee