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Hutto ISD celebrates School Board Recognition Month this January

January is School Board Recognition Month and Hutto ISD is honored to celebrate its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district’s schools and students. 

 

“A school district flourishes with outstanding leaders as school board members. I am proud to work alongside this group of leaders.  They are selfless volunteers who spend countless hours working to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow and ensure our staff thrive in their educational careers,” Celina Estrada Thomas, Superintendent said. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thank you for caring so much about Hippo Nation!”

 

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 Hutto ISD board is responsible for an annual budget of $96 million dollars, 9,100 students, 1,300 employees and 12 campuses.

 

“School boards are essential to a strong public education system,” Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Director Dan Troxell said. “They provide the local governance and oversight that makes it possible for school districts to serve students, including establishing a strategic plan, adopting policies, approving a budget and selecting and evaluating a superintendent. It’s fitting that we celebrate them in January as their leadership is key to the success of every school district in Texas.”

 

Major district achievements and honors accomplished recently under the Hutto ISD board’s leadership include:

 

  • Planning and preparing for the ongoing student growth (10% in 2021-22)
  • Increasing College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) annually
  • Supporting pandemic safety efforts and staffing needs, including social and emotional well-being initiatives
  • Expanding Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs to high school students
  • Supporting the renovation of the fine arts and robotics programs facilities at both middle schools (The Hutto High School Robotics team captured their 4th state title in the fall of 2021.)
  • Introducing orchestra and dance at the middle schools, which will grow the high school fine arts programs even more
  • Approving the renovation of Hutto Elementary School, the district’s founding and original elementary school
  • Approving the renovation and expansion of the Hutto Memorial Stadium

 

Board members serving Hutto ISD are as follows: 

 

Billie Logiudice

Billie Loguidice, Board President, serving since 2010

 

“Hippo Nation is important to me and I am proud of the work and culture we continue to strive for; one where students have opportunities and where staff loves to come to work. I serve as an advocate for all students and the staff that put on a Hutto ISD badge each day!”

Terrance Owens

Terrence Owens, Board Vice-President, serving since 2016

 

“My steps have always been ordered for me to be a servant leader in my community. Being on the Board has allowed me to serve in a capacity that affects this community.”

Morgan Hubbard

Morgan Hubbard, Board Secretary, serving since 2016

 

“When I ran in 2016, I still had a child in Hutto ISD and was a previous employee of the district–I wanted to stay connected to Hippo Nation. I believe the strength of our community is dependent on strong public schools. My background in education and my experience in Special Education seemed to bring a different perspective to round out our board.”

Felix Chavez

Felix Chavez, Board Member, serving since 2020

 

“I serve as a board member to make a positive difference in the education of all our Hutto ISD students.”

Shara Turner

Shara Turner, Board Member, serving since 2020

 

“I serve on the school board to ensure Hutto ISD provides a high-quality educational experience that focuses on every child achieving success, creates a district climate that fosters a sense of belonging, and works to attract and retain quality educators.”

Amy English

Amy English, Board Member, serving since 2021

 

“I serve out of my love and devotion to this Hutto Community and my need to give back to the place that has brought me such joy.”

James Matlock

James Matlock, Board Member, serving since 2021

 

“I serve to advocate for the education and safety of all our children in the district from elementary to high school. I strive to be an advocate for students, parents, and community members.” 

 

Learn more about school board service at tasb.org

School Board Recognition Month