Corsicana ISD School Trustee Elected Secretary of
The Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members

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Corsicana School Board Trustee Barbara Kelley was recently elected as secretary of The Texas Caucus of
Black School Board Members or TCBSBM.
TCBSBM is a non-profit organization that speaks on behalf of quality education for African Americans in the
state of Texas.
“It’s an honor to have Barbara represent Corsicana ISD as an advocate
for students and staff across the state of Texas,” said CISD
Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost. “She has dedicated herself to serving our
community for many years, and this is just one more way she positively
impacts public schools all across the state.”
Kelley first ran for a three-year term on the Corsicana ISD Board in 2009
and has served as a Trustee now for the past 12 years. She has always
been community-oriented and has served on several other Corsicana
boards and committees. She is currently the Police Lead
Telecommunicator for DART and serves on the Advisory Board for the
Navarro County Boys & Girls Club.
Kelley’s roots run deep in Tiger Nation. A 1984 CHS graduate, she has
served the Corsicana Education Foundation and the Navarro County
NAACP. A Texas A&M Commerce alum, Kelley and her husband Charles
Kelley share six children – Kendall, Dewayne, Kayla, Klinton, Kishawn and Kim.
Kelley says the School Board’s role is to govern the district by adopting goals and priorities and monitoring
successes; evaluating the Superintendent; adopting a budget and tax rate; advocating for students and
communicating to the community.
“I believe the role of an individual Trustee is to communicate with my constituents and be a voice for our
community, our students and staff,” said Kelley. “I hope that I can help along with my team of fellow Board
Trustees continue to bring innovative education to our district, and help prepare our students for the
As the TCBSBM secretary, Kelley will be responsible for keeping the minutes at meetings. The election for
officers was held during the annual Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)/Texas Association of
School Boards (TASB) Convention in Dallas.
Kelley says she considers herself to be a servant leader. “It is an honor to represent my community and
district in this role,” she added. “I will continue to advocate for all students.”
Originally known as The Black Caucus, the TCBSBM organization was established in 1978 under the leadership of
Dr. Charles Matthews, Deputy Superintendent at North Forest ISD. He served as President of North Forest
Teachers Association and was politically active regarding African American education issues. While attending the
Summer Leadership Institute hosted by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), Dr. Matthews met
with African American Trustees and proposed a plan to establish an organization where African American Board
Members would discuss the issues affecting not only African American students, but also African American
teachers and Trustees.
In 1990, The Black Caucus name was changed to The Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members. The name
and several other structural changes allowed the organization to be recognized as a supporting school board
entity which could grant education credits and reserve rooms at TASB functions.
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