In a new feature for 2016-17 we would like to introduce the members of our Board of Trustees and celebrate each one as the Board Member of the Month. The seven member Board of Trustees is the School District’s policy making body and the official representative of the community. The Board of Trustees’ goal is to ensure quality educational opportunities for all students in the district. The Board functions according to state and federal laws, regulations of the State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the will of the people as expressed in elections. The Board of Trustees, while composed of individuals, acts officially as one body. No member or group of members acts in the name of the Board of Trustees except when authorized by the board to do so.
Place 6 is currently held by Board Member Sean Walker. Mr. Walker joined the board in 2015. He received his AAS Degree in Criminal Justice from Davidson College in Lexington, NC and received his CFI certification in 2006. Mr. Walker has worked in the Asset Protection/Security Field for 19 years.
Mr. Walker’s goal as an School Board Trustee is to ensure that all CISD students are given every opportunity to be successfully prepared to graduate and pursue higher education. It is also his passion to ensure that all teachers are provided every benefit as a reward for making the district successful.
Favorite thing about CISD: The word Community says it all. I love the fact that there is truly a sense of community at CISD. So many times over the last several years we hear of students or teachers falling on hard times, getting hurt, or suffering loss. To witness the outpouring of love and support from so many members of our community is a true blessing. It is absolutely awesome to see it and to be a part of the CISD family.
Things I wish everyone knew about Community ISD: I am very proud to serve on the CISD School Board and take extreme pride in the fact that the teachers and administrators really do care for the success of each one of our students. Being a school board trustee I get to hear many stories about how our teachers sacrifice daily for our students. Our teachers work tirelessly to ensure that our children are successful and are truly prepared for what comes next.
Favorite experience as a school board member: Anytime I get to be part of recognizing a student or teacher for being successful. All of our teachers and students work very hard at scholastics, sports, clubs, and special events and want to represent CISD the best they can by being competitive and striving to be number #1. No matter if they achieve that number #1 spot or come up short, I know they gave it their all and am blessed to be able to stand and recognize them for their efforts for representing CISD. GO BRAVES!
Things I wish everyone knew about Community ISD: I really wish everyone knew what kind, helpful and dedicated people we have in our Community. My family has benefited because of our Community's support. We have also had the blessing to see others benefit as well. It is an awesome opportunity to be a part of a small, but growing, district that still maintains the core belief that people do still matter.
Favorite experience as a school board member: My favorite experience as a school board member is having the opportunity to continue helping kids excel and be encouraged as they look forward to their future and goals. Specifically at the Graduation ceremony; you can see the look on the graduates' faces. Most are quasi fearless and ready to move forward! It creates a sense of pride that makes me grateful to be a part of the board!
Anything else you’d like people to know: I'd like every Community member to abundantly "Experience the Blue".....it is a wonderful experience for all!
Jeff Pendill. Mr. Pendill currently holds Place 1 and has been a member of the Community ISD Board of Trustees since 2013. Mr. Pendill is a 1989 graduate of Community High School. He and his wife Shelly have two daughters, Madison (CHS Class of 2015) and Reagan (CHS Class of 2019).
Things I wish everyone knew about Community ISD: How committed everyone is to making everyone successful.
Favorite experience as a school board member: Getting to watch the grow of the district and watching all of the achievements by the students and teachers and administrators.
Anything else you’d like people know: Community is an awesome place !!!
Favorite thing about CISD: There is a sense of belonging like no other; we are a family. We don't talk about just students, or the students, they are OUR students. We are all in this together and it doesn't matter what the challenge might be - we are all in it together.
Things I wish everyone knew about Community ISD: As a professional working in the field of school business, I see larger districts whose work becomes like that of a business. I love that Community ISD is still small enough that the focus remains on the student. While abiding by the guidelines set forth by the state of Texas, Community ISD maintains a complete focus on meeting student's needs, appreciating and recognizing the staff and working together as the Team of 8 striving to provide each and every student and staff member with the opportunities they need to succeed.
Favorite experience as a school board member: I enjoy the student recognitions each month and having the student's family members stand in recognition as a parent to our awesome students. Convocation is amazing and I love the excitement of the new year as we work to make each one better than the last and I love any opportunity to recognize the staff members for all that they do for our children.
Anything else you’d like people to know: This district is led by a man whose passion is undeniable. I can only hope that every member of our community gets the opportunity to witness his compassion and love for students. Make no mistake, this district operates with one thing in mind and that is the success of our students. In every decision, in every thought - the focus is where it belongs and that is on each and every student.
CISD Board Secretary, Mike Cook (Place 2) is the CISD Board Member of the Month for October. Mr. Cook has been a member of the Community ISD Board of Trustees since 2013. Mr. Cook is a graduate of Plano East Senior High, Collin County College, and Tyler Junior College.
Mike Cook’s goal is to celebrate educational success and continue to strengthen student achievement by remaining focused on district goals and keeping lines of communication open.
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Favorite thing about CISD: I love the small town feel that we have at CISD and more importantly I love to serve the students and staff of CISD.
Things I wish everyone knew about Community ISD: We have the best Superintendent in the state of Texas in Dr. Roosevelt Nivens and CISD is such a special place to reside/attend our schools.
Favorite experience as a school board member: Recognizing students in the monthly Board Meetings. Several years ago we recognized Special Ed students and I watched a Mother weep tears of joy as her daughter stood before us to be honored. That moment has always had a profound affect on me as what we might perceive as a simple thing could be a lot bigger deal to someone else. The first day of school is my favorite, especially at the elementary schools, I enjoy seeing the little ones rush in the doors to experience school at CISD.
Anything else you’d like people to know: it is an honor to serve CISD.