School Board Appreciation Month 2017
January is School Board Appreciation Month
Posted on 01/04/2017
Board of Education

This January Let Us Thank our School Board!

(River Oaks, TX)—January is School Board Recognition Month and Castleberry ISD will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools, and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said
John Ramos, Castleberry Superintendent.

“Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Mr. Ramos said. “It’s more important than ever before that the public supports our schools, so today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children,” quoted Mr. Ramos.

During the tenure of our current board lineup, numerous football and volleyball students have been selected for honors and recognitions. The CHS cross country teams placed 1st in the Haltom Metroplex challenge, and the CHS Band advanced to the UIL State Competition.

To honor our board, each campus has adopted a board member and will hold specific events and activities honoring that trustee.

Board members serving Castleberry ISD are:

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David Holder, Board President, has served on the Castleberry Board of Education since 2001. Since 1993, David Holder has served as a pulpit minister for the Castleberry Church of Christ in River Oaks, TX. Mr. Holder also writes children’s Bible class curriculum and owns a small publishing business.
Kenneth Romo Kenneth Romo, Board Vice President, has served on the Castleberry Board of Education since 2009. Mr. Romo is employed by ATC Logistics & Electronics (ATCLE), and has been involved in coaching youth sports in River Oaks for over 17 years.
Mary Lou Martinez Mary Lou Martinez, Board Secretary, has served on the Castleberry Board of Education since 2004. Mary Lou Martinez is employed by North Texas Area CHC's, Inc. as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist. Mrs. Martinez is on the Leadership Team of North Beverly Hills Neighborhood Association and is a member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Education Committee, and JPS Joint Council.
Doug Lee Doug Lee, Board Member, has served on the Castleberry Board of Education since 1997. Mr. Lee works as an Information Technology Manager for Citi Group. Mr. Lee is a 1974 graduate of Castleberry High School and an avid baseball fan.
Bill Seybold W. E. “Bill” Seybold, Board Member, was elected to the Castleberry Board of Education in 2005. Bill Seybold is a retired accountant from Fort Worth Independent School District. Mr. Seybold is a Lions’ Club member, teaches a bible study class, and assists in the ESL class at Trinity Baptist Church.
Cathy Gatica Cathy Gatica, Board Member, was elected to the Castleberry Board of Education in 2013. Cathy Gatica is employed by Cooks Children’s Medical Center as a Data System Contract Administrator. Cathy holds her Bachelor of Science from Texas Wesleyan University and an MBA from Kaplan University.
Dewey Taliaferro Dewey Taliaferro, Board Member, began serving on the Castleberry Board Education in 2015. Dewey is an administrator for the local division of a nationwide construction subcontractor. Dewey has previously been involved as a PTO President, member of SBDM committees, DEIC, Stadium Conversion Committee, Athletic & Band Booster Club, and announcer at the CHS Football games.

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, Our board is responsible for 4,003 students throughout the district’s 7 campuses. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future,” said Mr. Ramos.