FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – Fort Bend ISD Board Trustee Jim Rice has been named President-Elect of the Texas Association of School Boards. The association elected its 2019-20 officers during its recent Delegate Assembly and Convention in Dallas.
Rice was elected to the TASB Board of Directors in 2012. A graduate of Leadership TASB, he chaired the Legislative Committee during the recent 86th legislative session and during the 84th session. He has held several board positions, including Chair of the Legislative Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee, Secretary/Treasurer, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President. He has also served on the Nominations, and Planning and Development committees. He is a strong advocate for public education and works for the benefit of FBISD students and staff. In 2021, FBISD students will be showcased at the TASB General Session.
Rice joined the FBISD School Board in May 2010. He was elected board secretary in June 2011 and board president in 2012, serving two consecutive terms in that office.
Rice is the president of Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc., an engineering and construction management firm. In addition to his professional duties, he currently serves as the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division Vice-Chair and is a 2005 graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Forum Class. He is also involved in numerous civic organizations for Fort Bend County, including Fort Bend Cares, the Fort Bend Literacy Council, the Fort Bend P16 Regional Council, and the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. Rice is cofounder of the charity Fort Bend Cares, which benefits underprivileged youth in the community.