Released by Lindale ISD
Tuesday night’s Lindale ISD school board meeting saw a true changing of the guard with student tributes to the Texas Army National Guard general who had previously served as the district’s school board president for the past five years.
In March, Maj. Gen. James K. “Red” Brown announced he would not seek re-election for his Place 1 position after serving a total of nine years on the board. In the May 11 election, Lindale CPA Gary Camp ran unopposed for the position. Incumbent Jay Misenheimer retained his Place 2 seat in the election. Camp and Misenheimer were sworn into office Tuesday night.
Trustee Matt Watts (Place 7) will now serve as president of the LISD school board. Misenheimer will serve as vice-president and Mike Combs (Place 5) will hold the secretary position. Other trustees are Kelly Cox (Place 4), Brooks Beeler (Place 6) and Kenneth Cline (Place 3).
Students from College Street Elementary School paid tribute to the outgoing board president with a brief skit honoring his district and community achievements. Brown was given a recognition plaque for his service from Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt.
“Gen. Brown is a man of great vision and he has certainly been a vital part of the school board as they have given direction and goals for the school district,” Surratt said. “Lindale ISD has flourished in many ways: academically, financially, and in extracurricular activities. Gen. Brown has had a positive influence in all of these areas. He has been, and will continue to be, a wonderful supporter of the Lindale school system. We thank him for his superior service to this school district and the Lindale community.” Brown joined the school board when Lindale ISD was experiencing financial woes. During his three terms, Lindale ISD returned to financial prominence with an A+ financial rating from Standard & Poor’s rating services and a Superior Achievement rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. During his tenure, Brown also helped to facilitate the increase of teacher and staff salaries to a more competitive scale with surrounding East Texas districts. The district also held a successful tax ratification election in 2008 and in 2009 the district passed a $42 million bond election that included: the construction of a new junior high campus; an expansion wing at Lindale High School; the Lindale ISD Performing Arts Center; and renovations to Eagle Stadium, the baseball/softball complex and the tennis facility. Brown served a tour of duty in Iraq from 2006-2008 and returned home with the same passion and enthusiasm for helping Lindale students.
Academically, Brown also helped establish a district scholarship program for students wanting to take dual credit college courses through Lindale High School’s partnership with Tyler Junior College. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation as one of the founding directors. Brown also helped with the establishment of the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas-Lindale, an afterschool and summer program offered to students in grades kindergarten through fifth.
In his time as board president, every LISD campus has reached at least one Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency. In 2011, the LISD school board was named the Region 7 School Board of the Year.