As part of National School Board Recognition Month, the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees was honored Tuesday night.
Terry Abbott, KISD chief communications officer, read proclamations from the cities of Harker Heights and Killeen.
Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra signed the proclamation praising the KISD board for meeting the diverse educational needs of all students.
The proclamation from Mayor Spencer Smith of Harker Heights highlighted KISD board members as “strong advocates for public education,” thanking them for the job they do.
KISD Superintendent John Craft added his gratitude to the proclamations.
“The board members graciously volunteer their time and spend hours and hours in meetings. They are challenged and charged with making difficult decisions. It really is a thankless job,” he said.
Col. Hank Perry, Fort Hood garrison commander, who serves as an adviser to the KISD board, presented each board member a gift-wrapped mug, thanking them for being mindful of the military-connected students both on and off Fort Hood.
The board members each received a mock magazine cover featuring their photos, as well.
The magazines were designed by Zoe Pearson, a Shoemaker High School senior.
Pearson attends the KISD Career Center, participating in the photography program. She has been accepted into the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design in Los Angeles, where she will major in graphic design.
Before continuing with the meeting, KISD Board President Corbett Lawler spoke on behalf of the board. He joked, “We earn our salaries; we’re well paid.”
Lawler continued, “On a more serious note, I think the rewards that we, as board members, get out of doing our jobs: it is the kids.”