Victoria ISD honors School Board Recognition Month

School board members to be recognized during a Jan. 20 special board meeting

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoris ISD joins over 1,029 public school districts across the state of Texas in recognizing January as School Board Recognition Month. It also honored the VISD Board of Trustees for their continued dedication and commitment to the district’s schools and students. School board members have served as ambassadors between the community and the classroom. They were elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Victoria ISD is responsible for more than 13,100 students, 1,988 employees and 24 campuses.

TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell released the following statement:

“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.”

The VISD has taken steps to bring its Strategic Plan to fruition throughout 2021 and continue throughout 2022.

  • the VISD empowers learning through various programs and community partnerships: PTECH, Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement
  • VISD Graduation rates are up!
  • the VISD has expanded its Credit Recovery program through a community partnership with Victoria College allowing students to access college courses.
  • VISD remains committed to helping all students find their “&” through more curricular and extra-curricular offerings.
  • the VISD is creating designated learning pathways from kindergarten through graduation with over $20 Million in grant funding that has been secured to support these learning pathways.
  • VISD is continuing to make strides in community-based accountability with our work on a “Profile of a Graduate.”

VISD Superintendent Quintin Shepherd released the following statement:

“It is my high honor to work with the Victoria ISD Trustees,” said Quintin Shepherd, superintendent of schools. “Together, we continue to work through a very difficult time in education since the start of the pandemic. The Board team has been steadfast in their support and has provided clear direction where needed. We are steadfast in our commitment to building
community ownership of our collective future at VISD. I am grateful to each and every Trustee for their tireless devotion to our students, staff, and community.”

2021-22 School Board of Trustees

Mike Mercer – District 7, President
Kevin VanHook – District 1, Vice President
Margaret Pruett – District 6, Secretary
Dr. Estella De Los Santos – District 2
Bret Baldwin – District 3
Mandy Lingle – District 4
Tami Keeling – District 5

On Thursday, Jan. 20, the VISD school board members will be formally recognized during a special board meeting.