Cross Timbers School Development Council
The Cross Timbers School Development Council is a non-profit organization designed to serve the needs of its member schools. The CTSD Council serves as a forum for school administrators to meet and share ideas and services and has been serving school districts across the region for over 25 years. Membership in the CTSD Council is open to all school districts. The CTSD Council is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Tarleton State University. The Department and University provide technical resources and support for CTSD Council activities.
The CTSD Council hosts two major conferences each year. The fall conference is sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Schools and focuses on current issues facing school districts and school administrators. The spring workshop is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards and provides training for school board members in the member districts.
Activities of the CTSD Council are guided by a six-member Board of Directors and coordinated by Dr. Mark Weber of Tarleton State University. The Board of Directors works with Dr. Weber and representatives of the two associations to plan and carry out the CTSD Council events.
In 2003, the CTSD Council established a scholarship fund at Tarleton State University to provide financial assistance to incoming freshmen who graduated from CTSD Council member schools. The $500.00 scholarships are funded from the membership dues paid by school districts and are awarded over a two-semester period.
Member schools pay a membership fee based on district enrollment which helps to support CTSD Council's programs and the scholarship program. Minimum dues are $100.00 per district per year; maximum dues are $600 per year. All others are computed at $0.05 per student times the district's current enrollment, as reported by the Texas Education Agency.
The CTSD Council publishes a Policy Brief twice a year with articles on topics of interest to practicing school officials. The Policy Brief is sent to member school districts.
Additional information about membership in the Cross Timbers School Development Council may be obtained by contacting Dr. Mark Weber, Executive Director, at 254.968.1890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.