April 2022 Committee on School Initiatives Item 2
Recommendation for One Reappointment and One Appointment to the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees
April 8, 2022
COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: CONSENT
SUMMARY: This item provides an opportunity for the board to consider one reappointment and one appointment 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 and the appointment is necessary due to the retirement of another 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 military reservation ISDs. Trustees so appointed 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, the base commander notifies the commissioner of education of such vacancy in compliance with TEC, §11.352. Vacancies are widely advertised through base newspapers, email, and other electronic methods. Interested individuals submit resumés 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 then 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 for each vacancy. All nominees must be qualified under the general school laws of Texas and live or be employed on the military reservation.
Colonel, United States Army, Shane R. Cuéllar, Commander of the 502d Force Support Group, has notified the commissioner that the term of one current trustee of the Fort Sam Houston ISD is expiring, and one trustee has retired. Colonel Cuéllar recommends the reappointment of Mr. Richard G. Kling III and the appointment of Ms. LaToya E. Sizer to the Fort Sam Houston ISD Board of Trustees.
MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:
Based on Colonel Shane R. Cuéllar’s recommendation, approve the reappointment of Mr. Richard G. Kling III and the appointment of Ms. LaToya E. Sizer to serve terms of office from April 8, 2022, to April 7, 2024, on the Fort Sam Houston 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 Colonel Shane R. Cuéllar that includes biographical information and supporting materials for each nominee