Board of Trustees

Board Meetings are held the second Monday of each month virtually or in the Leonard Scarcella Administration Building at 6:30 p.m.

The SMSD Board of Trustees consists of seven (7) members elected by the City of Stafford community to serve for terms of three (3) years each. Following the annual election, the board elects a president, vice-president, and secretary to serve for a one-year term. Each trustee represents Stafford MSD at large. Together with the Superintendent, they make the SMSD Team of Eight (8).

Latest News

SSMA Earns An A+

Congrats to the Stafford STEM Magnet Academy teachers, staff, and students! After completing their inaugural year as a campus in 2021-22, the Stafford STEM Magnet Academy received an A-rating from the Texas Education Agency Accountability Ratings.

Principal Diana De La Rosa Approved by SMSD Board

We are proud to announce that Ms. Diana De La Rosa will serve as the Principal at Stafford Elementary School. The SMSD Board of Trustees approved her appointment unanimously during the September board meeting after two rounds of interviews.   

Annual Budget & Tax Rate Approved

On August 29, Stafford Mayor Cecil Willis, Stafford City Council, Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic, and the SMSD Board of Trustees met to approve the 2022-23 school budget and to present a tax rate. The team of 15 is the only group in the state of Texas who collaborate on a school’s budget and have done this since 1982. 

2nd Annual Party on the Plaza

A great Spartan crowd showed up on Saturday, August 6 as we welcomed around 2,000 attendees to the second annual Party on the Plaza. Our Educational Plaza was filled with families, staff, and community ready to close out the summer and embark on the 2022-23 school year together. 

SMSD Brings Back A Day with the U.S. Secret Service

On July 26, 2022, Stafford MSD and Lamar Consolidated ISD were proud to host the second "A Day with the United States Secret Service" in Stafford, Texas at the Stafford Centre. Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic spearheaded the first event in 2018, and invited Superintendent of LCISD Dr. Roosevelt Nivens, to multiply efforts and host the program together in 2022.

Board of Trustees for 2022

On May 16, the Stafford MSD Board of Trustees reviewed and discussed the official canvass results from the general election held earlier this month in the City of Stafford including swearing in new members and reorganizing the group. For the first time in the district's 40-year history, there are currently 3 board members who also graduated from Stafford High School including Manuel Hinojosa, Dawn Reichling and newest member Patricia Soza-Montelongo.

Senior Recognition by SMSD Board Members

It was a packed house at the Board Meeting on Monday, May 9 as the Board of Trustees and administration recognized over 100 students for their outstanding accomplishments in the UIL State Soccer Tournament, DECA, SkillsUSA, Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), and the Houston Community College Associates Degree program. 

IMPORTANT SMSD COVID-19 Update

As Stafford MSD continues to navigate the evolving pandemic, and its challenges, we remain committed to making decisions that put safety and education first, while also following guidance from Texas Education Agency (TEA), local and state officials, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Our team at SMSD is actively working to support you and your students during this time, and we look forward to facing this challenge together for our Spartans.

PRESS RELEASE: Stafford MSD Board Approves Increase in Compensation for the 2021-2022 School Year

As the only municipal school district in the state of Texas, the Board of Trustees understand the value of hiring and retaining top talent in education. After a year of COVID-19, the district remains committed to providing excellence in education for our students, team, and community. Last night the Board of Trustees at Stafford MSD voted to approve several pay increases for the 2021-2022 school year for both current employees and new hires.

We Are One in Stafford, TX

During the City of Stafford election season, we wanted to share with you a 30-second video that shows how the City of Stafford and the Stafford Municipal School District work together every day. As you decide where to place your ballot, remember you are a part of the Stafford story, too!

MASBA Donates to SMSD Library

Our SMSD Library Coordinator, Mr. Horace Shane Kenney was pleased to accept a donation of two books from Xavier Herrera, the Board Secretary of Mexican American School Boards Association (MASBA). These books hold special significance as they were written and edited by Dr. Jayme Mathias, the Executive Director of MASBA. 

PRESS RELEASE: Stafford MSD Board Orders Position-Based Trustee Elections

The SMSD Board ordered the change to position-based elections by resolution at its meeting on January 11, 2021. Under the new position-based election method, the seven positions on the Board are designated by number, and candidates for trustee are voted on and elected separately for specific positions on the Board. A candidate will be designated on the official ballot according to the number of the position for which he or she seeks election

representative alma allen with board

Stafford MSD Board President Christopher Caldwell started a new tradition at Monday's Board Meeting by presenting the First Annual President's Award in Educational Excellence.

SMSD's Herrera named to GCAASB Board

Stafford Municipal School District Board Vice President Xavier Herrera was named to the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards’ Board of Directors this week.

Meet the SMSD Board of Trustees

Manuel Hinojosa

Manuel Hinojosa

Board President, Position 2
Christopher Caldwell

Christopher Caldwell

Board Vice President, Position 6
Ash Hamirani

Ash Hamirani

Board Secretary, Position 3
Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste

Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste

Board Member, Position 7
Dawn Reichling

Dawn Reichling

Board Member, Position 1
Patricia Soza-Montelongo

Patricia Soza-Montelongo

Board Member, Position 5
Suzette Thompson

Suzette Thompson

Board Member, Position 4

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