Upcoming Forums for the Texas Rural Schools Task Force

Upcoming Forums for the Texas Rural Schools Task Force

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced this month that the Texas Rural Schools Task Force will host a series of regional forums across the state. Created by the Commissioner in 2016, the Task Force is charged with identifying current challenges and best practices for rural school districts statewide.

“Rural school districts across our state face many educational challenges unique to their size and region,” said Commissioner Morath. “These regional forums will provide an opportunity for task force members and area superintendents to share insights and seek opportunities for innovation in the areas of teacher recruitment, teacher retention, resource allocation, use of technology, as well as parent and community engagement.”

Texas has more than 2,000 rural campuses, more than any other state (20%+ of campuses).

The Texas Rural Schools Task Force met twice in Austin last year, with additional meetings set for this year. Task force members will develop final recommendations to be shared with Commissioner Morath later this year. Regional forums with area superintendents are scheduled for:

  • Van Horn (Feb. 10)
  • Uvalde (Feb. 13)
  • Lubbock (Feb. 15)


Members of the Rural Schools Task Force were selected to participate based on outstanding student achievement and a willingness to innovate. The superintendents and school districts on the task force include:

  • Bloomburg ISD – Brian Stroman (ESC Region 8)
  • Bronte ISD – Tim Siler (ESC Region 15)
  • Center Point ISD – Cody Newcomb (ESC Region 20)
  • Channing ISD – Robert McLain (ESC Region 16)
  • Cisco ISD – Kelly West (ESC Region 14)
  • Community ISD – Roosevelt Nivens (ESC Region 10)
  • Ezzell ISD – Lisa Berckenhoff, (ESC Region 3)
  • Era ISD – Jeremy Thompson,   (ESC Region 11)
  • Flatonia ISD – Beverly Mikulenka (ESC Region 13)
  • Floydada ISD – Gilbert Trevino (ESC Region 17)
  • Fort Hancock ISD – Jose Franco (ESC Region 19)
  • Mineola ISD – Kim Tunnell (ESC Region 7)
  • Moody ISD – Gary Martel (ESC Region 12)
  • Ricardo ISD – M.T. “Vita” Canales (ESC Region 2)
  • Roma ISD – Carlos Guzman (ESC Region 1)
  • Sabine Pass ISD – Kristi Heid (ESC Region 5)
  • Seymour ISD – John Baker (ESC Region 9)
  • Snook ISD – Brenda Krchnak (ESC Region 6)
  • Stafford Municipal School District – Robert Bostic (ESC Region 4)
  • Terlingua Common School District – Bobbie Jones (ESC Region 18)


Source: Texas Education Agency.

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