April 2018 Committee of School Initiatives Item 1

Recommendation for Two Appointments to the
Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees

April 13, 2018


This item provides an opportunity for board consideration of two appointments to the board of trustees of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District. The two appointments are necessary due to the expiration of the term of office for two board members.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §11.352, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §61.2.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: No previous board action has occurred on this item.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The State Board of Education is statutorily authorized to appoint board members for military reservation independent school districts. Trustees so appointed shall hold office for two years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Enlisted military personnel may be appointed to the board; however, a majority must be civilians and all may be civilians. When a vacancy occurs on one of these boards, the base commander notifies the commissioner of education of such in compliance with TEC, §11.352. Vacancies are widely advertised through base newspapers, email and other electronic means. Interested individuals then submit resumes and other documents verifying that they qualify to hold the position and would accept it if appointed.

The commanding officer appoints a nomination panel of at least three members who review the application packages, interview the candidates and evaluate the candidates. The panel’s recommendations are then forwarded to the commanding officer for consideration. The commanding officer is required by 19 TAC §61.2 to provide at least three nominations to the State Board of Education. The nominations may or may not be ranked in order of preference. All nominees must be qualified under the general school laws of Texas and live or be employed on the military reservation.

Colonel, United States Army, David L. Raugh, Commander of the 502d Force Support Group, has notified the commissioner of two expiring terms on the board of trustees of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District. Colonel Raugh has provided four nominees for the vacancies and has recommended the appointment of Mr. Christopher L. Armijo and Ms. Karyn R. Shelnutt to fill the two terms.

FISCAL IMPACT: No fiscal impact to the state will occur.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Both the public and the students will benefit by having qualified individuals appointed to the board of trustees.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: No procedural or reporting implications exist.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: No public comments are presented.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: No other comments or related issues are presented.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Based on Colonel David L. Raugh’s recommendation, approve the appointments of Christopher L. Armijo and Karyn R. Shelnutt to serve the terms of office, from April 13, 2018, through April 13, 2020, on the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Staff Member Responsible:
Jeff Cottrill, Director
Governance and Investigations

Correspondence from the Colonel which includes biographical information and supporting materials for each nominee (not posted)