The Region 5 Educational Service Center, which serves Beaumont and beyond to encompass more than half a dozen southeast Texas counties, named East Chambers ISD School Board of the Year and the superintendent of the year as Lisa Meysembourg of Woodville ISD.
Members of the East Chambers ISD Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) 2022 School Board of the Year include Scott Jones, President; Lisa Bauer, Vice President; Taylor Wilcox, secretary; Frank Abalos, Charlotte Edwards, Richard Lee and Kelley Touchet. Scott Campbell is superintendent.
School boards receive the honor based on support for education improvement projects and school transformation initiatives, as well as educational performance in accordance with standards set by the state, Region 5 offered with announcement of the winner. “Other criteria include compliance with policies adopted by the Board of Directors, function as a policy-making body and a number of additional standards.
“Specifically, members of the East Chambers ISD School Board have demonstrated excellence in the following areas, to name a few: purchased Chromebooks and software for each student; installed Smartboards in each classroom class; partnered with Winnie-Stowell Hospital District for additional nursing and counseling services; established an education foundation; passed three bond elections; maintained a perfect score of 100 in the Financial Integrity Rating System ; received an unqualified (clean) audit annually since 1997; maintains a bulletin board that is updated quarterly for staff recruitment/retention and to attract students; added a cosmetology department in operation student requests; and much more!”
The school also prides itself on listening to students and staff and responding accordingly.
“This school board has a long-standing commitment to providing all of the tools necessary for our students’ academic success,” the board represented to Region 5. focus on program needs. overcome the headwinds created by the many obstacles our students have faced since 2017 when we were inundated by Hurricane Harvey which left hundreds of our students homeless, followed by Imelda which caused the same level of flooding in 2019, followed by the mal- effects of COVID-19.
“While our students have seen nowhere near the level of COVID drag like most other districts, the board has recognized the need to increase support in the curriculum area by adding this position and investing in additional technology providing every student in our district of 1,540 students with a Chromebook and all the software needed to close the achievement gaps. »
The 2022 Texas Association of School Board (TASB) Superintendent of the Year Lisa Meysembourg of Woodville ISD is also proud to take direction from the student body and staff she serves. Meysembourg has served as superintendent at Woodville for the past three years, but has a total of 25 years of experience in public education.
Selected for this honor because of her “exemplary and visionary leadership towards the improvement of student performance, which is the very mission of the award”, Meysembourg was chosen for her “strong leadership skills, her dedication to the improvement of the quality of education at Woodville ISD, and its commitment to public support and participation in education.
Meysembourg was nominated for Superintendent of the Year by the local school board, and a selection team of school board members from various districts made the final selection. Meysembourg will be interviewed as a regional winner in late summer by the TASB State Selection Committee, at which time five finalists will be chosen to continue the State Superintendent’s Award process. year.
“While other districts suffered from the stress of education during a pandemic, our Board of Directors had a remarkable calm thanks to the comfort and confidence of having Lisa Meysembourg leading our district,” wrote the School Board of Woodville ISD recommending Meysembourg to be superintendent of the year. “Her ability to take on the burden of going through a bond election, day-to-day school operations, her involvement in civic organizations, and pursuing her professional development outside of her home district is what sets her apart from the rest.”
Region 5 ESC serves school districts in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Orange, Newton, and Tyler counties, as well as High Island ISD, Hull-Daisetta ISD, East Chambers ISD, and Liberty ISD. About 87,000 students and more than 6,100 educators are served by the group, which provides “service and technical support in a non-regulatory environment”.