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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HISD Board of Education to Elect Officers for 2012, Swear in New Member
Board will also consider 2012-2013 school year calendar 

The HISD Board of Education on Thursday will elect new officers for 2012 and administer the oath of office to trustees elected in November.

The oaths of office will be administered during a special ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in the the Board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th St., 77092).

Newly elected District II Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones will be taking the oath for the first time. A native Houstonian, Skillern-Jones attended HISD’s River Oaks Elementary School and Lanier Middle School before graduating from Aldine Eisenhower High School. A full-time HISD volunteer for 19 years, Skillern-Jones and her husband have five children, all of whom have attended HISD schools. Skillern-Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University.

Several incumbent members of the HISD Board of Education will be renewing their oaths of office. They are: Manuel Rodriguez Jr. (District III), Paula M. Harris (District IV), and Juliet K. Stipeche (District VIII).

The Board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in the Board auditorium.

Trustees are scheduled to elect a new Board President and other officers for 2012.

Also Thursday, trustees will consider adopting the 2012-2013 school year calendar. Key dates in the proposed calendar include: 

·         August 20, 2012 (First day of school for selected priority schools)

·         August 27, 2012 (First day of school for most HISD campuses)

·         November 21-23, 2012 (Thanksgiving break)

·         December 24, 2012 – January 4, 2013 (Winter break)

·         March 11-15, 2013 (Spring break)

·         June 6, 2013 (Last day of instruction)

The Board is scheduled to receive status updates on a number of projects and vote on several programs, contracts, and grants. For a full copy of the Board meeting agenda, click here.  The Board meeting will be carried live on HISD’s website and on the HISD Channel, which can be found on Comcast Channel 18 or AT&T Channel 99.

The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 281 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.

For more information, visit the HISD Web site at

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