visd school board appreciation month

January is School Board Recognition Month and the Victoria Independent School District is celebrating its trustees for their dedication and commitment to the district and its students.

The theme of this year’s School Board Recognition Month is Forward, Together, which highlights the collaboration among school leadership, teachers, and parents on behalf of students.

“It is my high honor to work with the Victoria ISD Trustees,” said Quintin Shepherd, superintendent of schools. “Recognizing the efforts of our school board is so important because of all the hard work trustees put into making our district a success. We are steadfast in our desire to build community ownership of our collective future at VISD. I am grateful to each and every Trustee for their tireless devotion to our students, staff, and community.” 

The VISD has made great strides in bringing our Strategic Plan to fruition throughout 2022 and continue to do so in 2023. 

  • VISD empowers learning through various programs and community partnerships: P-TECH, Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement

  • VISD is continuing to make strides in community-based accountability with our work on a “Portrait of a Graduate.”

  • VISD is creating designated learning pathways from kindergarten through graduation with over $20 Million in grant funding that has been secured to support these learning pathways. 

  • VISD remains committed to helping all students find their “&” through more curricular and extra-curricular offerings.

Dan Troxell, executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards, applauded the efforts of trustees in providing leadership and good governance so that school districts can focus on educating the 5.4 million public schoolchildren in their care.

“Texas school boards are critical to the success of students and the future of Texas,” Troxell said. “Boards lead their districts in the right direction, providing oversight, setting goals, overseeing the budget, and selecting and evaluating the superintendent. These volunteers serve for the betterment of their local schools and communities.”

2021-22 School Board of Trustees

Mike Mercer - District 7, President

Margaret Pruett - District 6, Vice President

Mandy Lingle - District 4, Secretary

Dr. Estella De Los Santos - District 2 

Bret Baldwin - District 3

Kathy Bell - District 1

Tami Keeling - District 5

The VISD school board members will be formally recognized at a special board meeting to be held on Thursday, Jan. 19.