Brady ISD trustee Ed Hernandez joined 35 other school board members from across the state Sept. 28-30 at the kickoff session of the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) class of 2008. Selected by TASB, the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 72 to 67,000 and reflect a similar range of property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning gold, silver or bronze status. They are the highest designations recognized by TASB. Meeting in conjunction with the TASB/Texas Association of School Administrators’ convention in Dallas, the trustees heard featured speaker Peter DeLisle’s presentation on leadership and team building. He is Leslie B. Crane chair and director of the Posey Leadership Institute at Austin College. Board members also received training at convention sessions and attended the TASB Delegate Assembly, the association’s annual business meeting. Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Austin, Nov. 9 and 10; Corpus Christi, Feb. 21-23; Amarillo, April 17-19; and San Antonio, June 12-14. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally- recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work on extended learning assignments between meetings throughout the year. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has almost 450 graduates to date. Program sponsor is’ Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent have combined annual expenditures of $40 billion, employ more than 580,000 people, and serve more than five million public school students.