UHV administrator leads school board to state recognition

Goliad Independent School District Board of Trustees
The Goliad Independent School District Board of Trustees, led by Wayne Beran, lower left, is the Texas Rural Education Association’s 2009 Outstanding School Board of the Year. Beran is the vice president for administration and finance at the University of Houston-Victoria. Other board members pictured are, clockwise from top left, David Boyd, Trey Wimberly, Secretary Dick Mollicone, Vice President Carlos Gutierrez, Fred Hayes and Bob Gayle.

The Texas Rural Education Association has given its top honor this year to a school board led by a University of Houston-Victoria administrator.

The Goliad Independent School District Board of Trustees recently was named TREA’s 2009 Outstanding School Board of the Year for its accomplishments. The president of the Board of Trustees is Wayne Beran, UHV vice president for administration and finance.

“They seem to be a very cohesive board and work toward what’s best for all children. It’s refreshing to see," said Jerry Stout, TREA immediate past president and chair of the nominating committee for the award.

The Board of Trustees will be recognized at an awards luncheon June 19 during the TREA Summer Conference in San Antonio.

Goliad ISD Superintendent Sam Atwood nominated the Board of Trustees for the award.

“Our entire administrative staff is very pleased with the progress the district has made and the support and vision of the board," he said.

He said the board has initiated several new projects under Beran’s leadership within the last two years. These include school building improvements and increasing employee salaries to be competitive with other school districts in the region. The board also approved the 1:1 Laptop Program, which provides each seventh- through 12th-grader with a laptop computer to use at home and school.

Another program approved by the board was the Master’s Degree Incentive Plan, which started last summer and reimburses Goliad teachers a maximum of $8,000 for obtaining a master’s degree in their content area or grade level, Atwood said.

Beran said he was honored that the Board of Trustees was recognized for its work.

“We work together on what the vision of the school district should be," he said. “In fact, we have a goal of becoming the best school district in this region.”

Other members of the Goliad ISD Board of Trustees are Vice President Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary Dick Mollicone, Fred Hayes, Bob Gayle, David Boyd and Trey Wimberly.

TREA is a statewide organization affiliated with the National Rural Education Association. The organization promotes quality educational opportunities for students from rural public schools.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler