All five Orange County Superintendents have worked closely with one another this school year to address many of the issues that are facing public schools. Working alongside the professional educators are a group of dedicated volunteers who have contributed hundreds of hours to assure children and staff in each of these districts have what they need to prepare students for their life after graduation.

School Board members, seven in each district, are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. They are required by law to attend a specific number of hours of training each year, and serve selflessly, making decisions for the good of all students, not just a select few.

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) calls the board of trustees and the superintendent a “Team of Eight.” Together, they face critical challenges in their roles as advocates, and they continue to stand strong and guard against anything that takes away from children and undermines the public schools.

Please be sure to thank a school board member for the time and effort they devote to the ultimate goal of all educators, the future success of the children in our districts.

Bridge City ISD

Front row from left - Lon Hubbard, Jerry McInnis, Thad Hill, Mike Johnson. Back row from left - Mark Anderson, Rebecca Rutledge, Kirk Ellender, and Superintendent Mike King.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD

Front row from left – David Jones, Rex Peveto, Don Anderson, and Randy McIlwain. Back row from left – Marlene Courmier, Danielle Heil, Superintendent Dr. Pauline Hargrove, and Tammy Rountree.

Orangefield ISD

Front row from left - Dr. Ronald Risinger, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Patterson, Jesse Fremont, and Brad Frye. Back row from left - Wanda Woods, Donovan Weldon, Jack Smith, and Van “Bo” Henley.

Vidor ISD

Front row from left – Mike Kilmer, Superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo, and Rollie Burr. Back row from left - Michael Helms, Sheila Sarver, Kimberly Crossley, Carrie Vincent, and Michael Quinn.

West Orange-Cove CISD

Front row from left - Tony Dallas, Andrew Hayes, Ricky Jacobs, and Eric Mitchell. Back row from left - Rev. Hardy O'Neal, Pete Amy, and Harry Barclay. Superintendent James Colbert, Jr. is not pictured.