s part of the planning process for a long-range plan for public education, the Texas State Board of Education will hold a community meeting in Salado on Jan. 18.

A steering committee comprised of 18 state board members, various stakeholder group representatives and representatives from three state agencies has been formed to recommend long-term goals for Texas schools through the year 2030.

The five State Board of Education members serving on the steering committee are Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, chairwoman of the State Board of Education; Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, chairwoman of the board’s Committee on School Initiatives; Tom Maynard, R-Florence; Georgina Pérez, D-El Paso; and Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo.

The agency representatives are Rebecca Shah, Texas Education Agency; David Gardner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and Reagan Miller, Texas Workforce Commission.

Ten of the committee members were chosen from among 600 applicants.

They range from former teachers to high school seniors, college administrators and faculty to school district superintendents.

The committee will identify strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities in the state’s public education system.

Among the data being considered, as presented at the steering committee’s previous meetings, is population growth estimates — overall and school age children — poverty and obesity rates, teen birth rates and the highest level of education attained by the current population.

The steering committee has held two meetings in Austin. Community meetings sponsored by the State Board of Education have already been held in El Paso, Kilgore, White Settlement, San Antonio and Dallas.

“The Salado meeting will be the sixth meeting held around the state,” Bahorich said. “The community meetings will continue through February.”

Bahorich is hopeful the board will be able to adopt the new long-range plan by fall 2018.

The closest community meeting to Killeen will be held at the Salado Civic Center in the second floor boardroom, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Registration can be made on the website:

More information about the long range plan is available on the Texas Education Agency website:

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