NISD school board members

January is once again School Board Recognition Month, and Nacogdoches ISD is honored to celebrate its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district’s schools and students. 

“Recognizing the efforts of our volunteer school board is important because of the hard work trustees put into making our district a success,” said NISD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo. “School board members spend long hours at no pay working to ensure all of our students have the same opportunity to learn and grow.”

NISD’s Board of Trustees include: President the Rev. James Ervin, Vice President James Montoya, Secretary Mindy Winslow, Farshid Niroumand, Leabeth Abt, T.C. Grohman M.D. and the Rev. Kallie Pitcock.

School boards are designed to serve as the link between the community and classroom, and trustees are elected to establish policies that provide the framework for public schools to operate within.

In addition to providing leadership and guidance for the district through normal operations, during the past three years trustees signed off on incentives designed to acknowledge the stressful situations NISD teachers and staff have worked under during a worldwide pandemic. Those measures have included employment, retention and attendance stipends that rewarded staff who returned to the district for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. The board also approved sign-on bonuses for new teachers.

“Once more, our board was eager to acknowledge the difficult work our teachers and staff have taken on over the last three years,” Trujillo said. “I’m grateful for that support.”