The Board of Directors for Leadership ISD (LISD) has initiated organizational changes that include suspension of operations in one of its current service regions. The change follows recent shifts in the agency’s philanthropic funding.
LISD currently offers programming in Dallas County, Tarrant County and Harris County. In a recent letter to supporters, board members announced the organization will sharpen its focus on North Texas moving forward. Operations in Harris County will conclude in May.
Founded 10 years ago, LISD was built on a belief that every child deserves access to a high-quality public education. The organization brings together community leaders and civic-minded individuals to advocate for a student-focused, racially conscious and accountable public education system.
It’s flagship program is the Leadership ISD Community Fellowship. This highly selective civic development program for emerging and proven leaders empowers participants to positively influence the direction and outcomes of public education. Fellows are trained to become change-makers in education as advocates and aspiring school board trustees. The program equips them with the knowledge, mindsets, networks and skills to create equitable improvements in their school districts.
In a letter to supporters, LISD’s Board of Directors said current Fellows in all three regions will be fully supported through the end of the program year. Recruitment has begun for next year’s fellowships in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. Additionally, the letter announced that Dr. Jeannie Stone, former superintendent of Richardson ISD, has joined the LISD Board of Directors.
Dr. Stone will work with board members and an internal team to provide guidance and leadership as the Board undertakes the search for a new executive director. LISD co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Arvanitis announced in January that she would transition out of her role with the organization. Her departure was effective March 31.