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MASBA and Choice Facility Partners form partnership


[HOUSTON– Oct.15, 2009] Choice Facility Partners and the Mexican American School Board Association have formed a partnership to increase growth and understanding. This partnership will provide efficiencies for school district facility management while strengthening awareness of MASBA.

Choice Facility Partners and its awarded contract vendor partners in the facility purchasing cooperative will participate in the MASBA conference in Jan. 22-24 in San Antonio, celebrating the 40th anniversary of MASBA and the first UIL state Mariachi championship competition. To participate in the Mariachi competition, school districts should submit a CD to the MASBA by Dec. 1. State finalists will perform and compete at the MASBA conference. For more information about either the Mariachi competition or the annual MASBA conference, go to http://www.MASBA.info.

As an authorized training partner with the Texas Education Agency, MASBA provides board member training in a variety of subjects at the conference: district membership in the organization allows board members to attend at no charge.

“We hope through this partnership that more districts will learn about MASBA as well as about the Choice Facility purchasing cooperative,” said Maria Leal, MASBA board president, and school board member from South Texas ISD.

“Supporting and building awareness about MASBA is consistent with our goals to improve the efficiencies of school districts and serve as an agent of education equalization,” said John Sawyer, Ed.D., superintendent of Harris County Department of Education. “We are excited about this partnership and look forward to the benefits it will bring.”

About the Mexican American School Board Association
MASBA is a 501c3 non-profit organization, established in the 1970s. Its mission is to advocate top quality public education for ALL children of Texas. MASBA is working with the state legislature to
• implement the Tejano History Project into the social studies curriculum,
• advocate for fair and equitable funding to educate all children,
• ensure quality teachers for all students, including those with diverse and special needs,
• support the 10% plan, and
• improve school holding power, so students graduate ready for work or college.

MASBA is part of the Texas Latino Coalition, which advocates for education issues which directly affect the Mexican-American children of Texas,

About Choice Facility Partners
Choice Facility Partners is a purchasing cooperative specializing in facility needs from the tap up through the roof, including remodeling and renovation, energy conservation and purchase, HVAC, capital program management and software, building envelope assessment and roofing solutions, maintenance for facilities and elevators, flooring, and other specialized technology. Contracts are competitively pre-bid so governmental entities can access quality services immediately, saving time and money on the bidding process. Governmental entities may access these legal, competitively-bid facility contracts after signing an interlocal agreement. Choice Facility Partners is a division of Harris County Department of Education.

For more information, contact 877-696-2122 or go to www.choicepartners.org .
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For more information about this release, contact:
Louise Henry, Choice Facility Partners, Harris County Department of Education, 877-696-2122 www.choicepartners.org 713-305-1447 louise@choicepartners.org
OR
Jimmie Adame, executive director, MASBA, 361-441-6607 www.masba.info sjadame@att.net