May 6, 2013  
Dr. Barbara Herrington  
Dr. Barbara Herrington, a member of the Granbury ISD Board of Trustees, is continuing in the Leadership TASB Class of 2013 that includes a year-long education leadership study program. 

The leadership program sponsored by Texas Association of School Boards began during the association’s convention in September 2012 with participants hearing from distinguished speakers in addition to attending convention sessions and the associational delegate assembly.

Since then, Herrington and others have met three additional times. In November during a session in San Marcos, the trustees learned about their roles as advocated for public schools with state and national policymakers. The group participated in an Advocacy Boot Camp provided by TASB governmental relations specialists to gain tips and practice in providing testimony before legislative committees and to learn protocols for appearing before governmental entities. 

In March 2013, the group met in Corpus Christi to learn the latest on 21st Century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Attendees toured several campuses in the region and heard from a speaker about how board members can engage their communities to promote school success.

Most recently in April, participants focused on interstate differences while touring facilities in Texarkana – both in Texas and in Arkansas. The group learned of the differences between the two states regarding public school finance, graduation and accountability requirements, recruitment and retaining of teachers, and basic roles and responsibilities of being an elected school trustee. Special emphasis was given to cooperative agreements among school district on the states’ border and offerings available by local colleges and universities. 

The group of 36 trustees represents school districts of all sizes of varying property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate with a unique designation recognized by TASB.

The final meeting will be held during the TASB Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth on June 13-15. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. 

Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has almost 700 graduates to date. TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts.  School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve approximately five million public school students.

Herrington has served on the Granbury school board since May 2005.
Photo courtesy of Texas Association of School Boards

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