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In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Joe Callandret School, and to commemorate Black History Month, the San Benito Historical Society will dedicate the 11th marker in its series of historical designations with a brief unveiling ceremony at 5 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, at the San Benito CISD Joe Callandret Positive Redirection Center.
Also, George McShan will speak at the historical society’s “Windows to the Past” series at 6 p.m. inside the Community Building. At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, marking the 60th anniversary of the school, the descendants of Jean Marie Callandret and his wife, Fannie Sanco, held a family reunion in July, hosted by their granddaughters, Linda Brock and Doris Baker.
The public is invited to both events.
McShan has lived in Harlingen for over 40 years and was employed 32 years at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen; the last 20 years as College Dean. In 1988, he was elected to the Harlingen CISD School Board; this is his 22nd year on the board. He has served in every officer position, including six different times as president. In 1998-1999, he was elected President of the Texas Association of School Boards, its first African American, and in 2004 he was elected President of the National School Boards Association, only the second Texan to hold this position in its 66 year history. In 2006, he was selected to receive the TASB Celebration of Leadership Award which honors school board members who have made a significant contribution to their community. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Annual National Hispanic Caucus (Abrazo) Award for outstanding leadership, as well as the recipient of the Lifetime PTA Membership for Texas and the National PTA Association.
McShan is certified as a Master School Board Trustee by TASB and is a registered provider by the Texas Education Agency for School Board/Superintendent training.
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