The Whitehouse Independent School District Board of Trustees appointed Al Flanagan to Place 2, the seat vacated when Dr. Howard Patterson tendered his resignation July 18.
A special meeting of the trustees was called Wednesday, Aug. 1, where the appointment was approved and Flanagan was sworn in by district superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran.
“As a parent with three children currently in the Whitehouse ISD school system, I am excited about the direction of the district,” Flanagan was quoted as saying in a press release by the district. “Under the leadership of the board and Dr. Moran, Whitehouse has firmly established itself as one of the top schools in the area and I am honored to accept the appointment and look forward to serving the community in this role.”
Flanagan, who is employed by Northwestern Mutual as a financial advisor, also serves on the WISD Education Foundation Board of Directors.
“The board is very pleased to add such a quality individual to the board of trustees in Mr. Al Flanagan,” Board President Greg Hood was quoted in the district’s press release. “Mr. Flanagan has been serving on the WISD Education foundation for the past several years and has been an integral part of the foundation and its amazing success. Mr. Flanagan has a desire to serve his community and the students of Whitehouse. He brings a background of service and leadership to the board and we look forward to working with Mr. Flanagan and the contribution he will make to the board and the district. Mr. Flanagan will be a great and complementary addition to the WISD Board of Trustees.”
Patterson, who served as a trustee since 2004, was recognized for his service on the board.
“The board would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Patterson for his years of service and commitment to the students and employees of Whitehouse ISD. Dr. Patterson has been a valuable asset to WISD and has been a strong advocate in providing the best education opportunity for our students. The board extends our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Patterson for his service and a job well done,” Hood reportedly stated in the release.