Santa Fe ISD school board

Standing left to right: Patrick Kelly, John Rothermel, vice president, John Snider, J.R. “Rusty” Norman, president, Wayne Logan and Eric Davenport. Sitting left to right: Sheryl Skufca, secretary and Dr. Leigh Wall, superintendent.

January is School Board Recognition Month and Santa Fe Independent School District will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas school children. So, each year the Texas Association of School Boards encourages communities to show appreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students. The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment,” said Dr. Leigh Wall, superintendent of the district. “They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents and students.”

Our board of trustees is committed to providing our educational community with a strong written curriculum that ensures college and career readiness. All stakeholders are included in various components of the district for the purpose of building leadership and establishing support in many areas. In supporting leadership development, productive relations are dependent upon open lines of communication and are critical to creating a successful team and stronger community. The ability of the board, superintendent, staff, parents, students and community to work together in the best interest of students builds leadership and establishes trust and guidance for the communal support of Santa Fe ISD. The board is also committed to effective budget management and expenditure oversight to ensure that all students prepare, achieve and succeed.

“Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices,” Dr. Wall said. “Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district. It’s more important than ever before that the public supports our schools so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children.”

Current board members are J.R. “Rusty” Norman, president; John Rothermel, vice president; Sheryl Skufca, secretary; John Snider; Patrick Kelly; Eric Davenport; and Wayne Logan.

Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $36 million, 4,700 students, 600 employees and four campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future.

Patti Hanssard is the assistant superintendent for human resources and the public relations officer for SFISD.

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