Fort Bend ISD pilots leadership program to educate community members

Fort Bend ISD is encouraging interested community members to join its pilot Board Leadership Academy, a nine-month education program set to begin in September.

A class of 14 participants will learn from FBISD leaders about the district systems and operations set in place, according to a press release from FBISD on Monday. Covered topics include school finance and budget; curriculum; planning and accountability; and legislation and advocacy.

From September through May, participants will attend an opening retreat and district tour, seven evening sessions, board meetings and a day trip to the Texas Capitol.

“We are excited to welcome a new cohort into the FBISD Board Leadership Academy, which is truly a unique learning experience,” FBISD Board President Jason Burdine said in the press release. “Participation allows individuals to gain a better understanding of how we operate—and ultimately, how we work together to achieve our district mission.”

Community members can fill out and submit an online application at The district will accept applications until Aug. 17, and selected participants will receive an email notification Aug. 31. Tuition is $125, and scholarship opportunities are available to those in financial need.
By Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.