The CISD Board Approves Special Election for Nov. 2 

    The CISD Board of Trustees approved a special election on November 2, 2021, to fill the vacancy left by previous Board President Dr. Kent Rogers who passed away at the end of January. Dr. Rogers spent 23 years on the school board, always dedicated to serving in the best interest of the community to provide the best education for students.

    “There are some big shoes to fill on this Board,” said CISD Board President Leah Blackard. “Knowing that we will have an election in November, I encourage anyone who is interested in serving on the Board to come to the meetings and schedule a time with the Superintendent to learn more.”

    School board trustees are elected officials of the people who act as the district’s policy-making body for public education in Corsicana. The Board functions according to the state and federal laws, the rules and regulations established by the State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the will of the people as expressed in district elections. Elected board members serve 3-year terms without pay. The seven-member board acts officially only as a group, not as individuals.

    “Maintaining high standards as a District to educate every child and provide opportunities to learn in a safe environment continue to be at the core of our mission,” said Blackard. “We need good people who are willing to learn and who are dedicated to serving our community in this capacity.”

    The first day to file for a place on the ballot is July 17, 2021. The information for filing may be obtained from Merill Harrison at the CISD Superintendent’s Office 2200 W. 4th Ave Corsicana, TX. The election day is November 2, 2021.


    Important Dates 

    The first day for file for a place on the ballot is July 17, 2021

    The last day to file for a place on the ballot is August 16, 2021

    The Election is November 2, 2021

    Early voting begins October 18, 2021, and ends October 29, 2021


    2021 Filing Information

    Notice of Election

    La Mesa Directiva de CISD aprueba la elección especial para el 2 de noviembre


    La Mesa Directiva de CISD aprobó una elección especial el 2 de noviembre de 2021 para llenar la vacante dejada por el anterior presidente de la Junta, el Dr. Kent Rogers, quien falleció a fines de enero. El Dr. Rogers pasó 23 años en la junta escolar, siempre dedicado a servir en el mejor interés de la comunidad para brindar la mejor educación a los estudiantes.

    “Hay algunos zapatos grandes que llenar en esta Junta”, dijo la presidenta de la Mesa de CISD, Leah Blackard. “Sabiendo que tendremos elecciones en noviembre, animo a cualquier persona que esté interesada en servir en la Junta a que asista a las reuniones y programe una cita con la Superintendente para obtener más información”.

    La Mesa Directiva de la junta escolar son funcionarios electos de las personas que actúan como el organismo de formulación de políticas del distrito para la educación pública en Corsicana. La Junta funciona de acuerdo con las leyes estatales y federales, las reglas y regulaciones establecidas por la Junta de Educación del Estado, la Agencia de Educación de Texas y la voluntad del pueblo expresada en las elecciones de distrito. Los miembros de la junta elegidos sirven términos de 3 años sin goce de sueldo. La junta de siete miembros actúa oficialmente solo como un grupo, no como individuos.

    “Mantener altos estándares como distrito para educar a todos los niños y brindar oportunidades para aprender en un entorno seguro sigue siendo el núcleo de nuestra misión”, dijo Blackard. "Necesitamos buenas personas que estén dispuestas a aprender y que se dediquen a servir a nuestra comunidad en esta capacidad".

    El primer día para solicitar un lugar en la boleta es el 17 de julio de 2021. La información para la presentación se puede obtener de Merill Harrison en la Oficina de la Superintendente de CISD 2200 W. 4th Ave Corsicana, TX. El día de las elecciones es el 2 de noviembre de 2021.

Phone: 903-602-8145


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Kent Rogers, President

Board member from 1992-2010 & 2014-2021, term expires 2023 (Special election Nov. 2021)

Over 20 years of service on the CISD Board makes Dr. Kent Rogers a veteran in more ways than one.  A former Navy sailor aboard the USS Grand Canyon, Dr. Rogers currently serves as the Medical Director of Corsicana’s Navarro County Health Department. 

Growing up in Mt. Pleasant, one could say being a Tiger is natural.  Although he has traded the Mt. Pleasant Tigers’ black and gold for the Corsicana Tigers’ blue and gold, a Tiger is a Tiger, and for the past 30 years you could find Dr. Rogers on the sidelines in the fall under the Friday night lights serving as one of the Corsicana Tiger Football team physicians.

Dr. Rogers helped form CARE in the late 80s which drew him to the interworking of the district and an appreciation for the impact boards can have on education and the community.   So, he decided to run. 

In Corsicana ISD, “…we are emulating the best of America’s notion of a melting pot and blending the best qualities of diverse individuals into a competitive, curious, compassionate world of young adults.  This should be and is indeed a mission.”

Dr. Rogers and his wife Donna Jo have 3 children (Cyndi, Susan and Mark).


Dr. Kent Rogers passed away from COVID complications on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He fought a valiant battle to protect the community against the COVID virus. His life-long commitment of service to others will never be forgotten. 




Degrees and Certifications:

Leah Dill Blackard, President

Board member from 2008-2014 & 2016-Present, term expires 2022 


A Corsicana native, Ms. Leah Dill Blackard currently serves as President of the CISD Board of Trustees.

After spending 7 years away from home, upon returning to Tiger Nation in 2001, Ms. Blackard became deeply involved in the community and district serving with the United Way, on the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, as PTO president, Chair of the Standardized Dress Committee, and as President of the Corsicana Education Foundation (not once, but twice). 

After several years of service, the UNT alum felt that she had the knowledge and leadership ability necessary to add to her love and passion for CISD… she knew the “obvious” next step was running for the school board.  “I’ve been told I am fiercely passionate about CISD, and I take that as a compliment.”

Blackard and her husband Stephen have watched their children Reese (16) and Dill (10) attend some of the same schools she attended growing up: Bowie, Carroll, Collins, Drane, and CHS. 

Currently in her ninth year of Board service, (2008-2014, 2016-present), Blackard’s connection to and heart for CISD is undeniable “being a Tiger is part of who I am…[and] while it may sound cliché, I truly want to give back to the district that was so influential in my life.  I take CHS’ motto to heart, TCC!”




Degrees and Certifications:

Cathy Branch, Vice President

Board member from 2018-Present, term expires 2024

Although new to the CISD Board, Ms. Cathy Branch is not new to service.  A native of Tomball, during her short twelve years in Corsicana, Mrs. Branch has served on the YMCA and Corsicana Education Foundation Boards, and has volunteered with Northside Baptist Church and as a community Bible study teacher. 

So don’t call her a transplant, “I call this town home.  Home for my family.  So I have a lot of passion for CISD.”

Ms. Branch says that, “Corsicana ISD is a huge part of the community.  I want Corsicana to thrive,” and decided to run for the school board “to be involved with the school to the fullest for each student and each teacher.”

She and husband Matthew have three children Lindsay (14), Madeline (12) and Corbin (10).

Ms. Branch graduated from Southwest Texas State University earning a CIS Degree.  




Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Seth Brown, Secretary

Elected May 2019, term expires 2023


With a record of service to various organizations that began nearly 15 years ago, Dr. Seth Brown maintains a connection to the community he cares for as a pharmacist outside the walls of his formal workplace.  Yet, long before his service to the community began, Dr. Brown developed a passion for education.  “Being a child of a school teacher/administrator, I know the impact that good school systems have on their communities,” said Dr. Brown. 

A busy doctor and family man, when asked why he decided to run for the Board, Dr. Brown answered, “As an employer in this town [with] 3 children who will grow up in these schools, …I want to see that our students of the future have the best education and opportunities available to them to meet the demands of a changing world.”

Although originally from Frankston, Texas, Dr. Brown calls Corsicana home.  “When I moved to Corsicana in 2004, this town welcomed me with open arms.  I have grown to love Corsicana…I have seen many examples of how CISD is helping our future grow, and I am proud to be a part of this organization.”

The University of Houston graduate is married to Kelly Batchelor Brown and has three children:  Cade (11), Ryan (7) and Brooke (4).




Degrees and Certifications:

Barbara Kelley

Board member 2009-present, Term expires 2024

Having served for twelve years on the CISD Board, Ms. Barbara Kelley says, “I love the fact, that we have committed administrators, teachers and staff who want to see our students succeed.” 

Ms. Kelley’s roots run deep in Tiger Nation.  A 1984 CHS graduate, she has served the Corsicana Education Foundation and the Navarro County NAACP.  Currently the Police Lead Telecommunicator for DART, Ms. Kelley having lived in, gone to school and worked in Corsicana, “wanted to take the next step as a community leader, to become more involved within our school district” by running for the school board.

A Texas A&M Commerce alum, Ms. Kelley and her husband Mr. Charles Kelley share 6 children (Kendall, Dewayne, Kayla, Klinton, Kishawn and Kim).




Degrees and Certifications:

The Rev. Ed Monk

Board member from 2008-2014 & 2016-Present, term expires 2022

Rev. Ed Monk grew up in Dallas and graduated from Baylor with a BA in Religion and a Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah House.

Rev. Monk began his service to Corsicana in 1999 and has served in various positons on nearly 20 Boards and organizations, having served on the CISD Board for nine years and as President for two (2015-2017).

Currently, in his work as the Rector of Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Corsicana, Rev. Monk interfaces with, according to him, “…some of the most at-risk individuals in our community. What I see every day are individuals who lack the basic skills needed to survive in the world.” Pointing to his current work and watching his mother educate students for years, Father Monk developed a belief that “a strong school system can make all the difference in a student’s life.”

So, armed with a passion for education and for Corsicana, Rev. Monk decided to run for the School Board. “I am passionate about Corsicana ISD because there is no Corsicana without it. Not only in CISD the largest employer in Navarro County, it is also the largest supplier of job-ready employees in Navarro County. Simply put, CISD is the fuel for the economic engine of our community. It is our responsibility to make sure that CISD is the best it can be, because it provides the refined resources to make our world go. The job of CISD is to transform students into adults who can not only transform the world, but know how to keep it running smoothly.”

Rev. Ed Monk and his wife Virginia have three children (Siler, Jonathan and Catherine).




Degrees and Certifications:

Jamie Roman

Elected May 2019, term expires 2022

Ms. Jamie Roman became a School Board trustee just three short months ago, but is a veteran volunteer in the community.  A Nacogdoches native, Ms. Roman landed in Corsicana 14 years ago and hit the ground serving…on PTO Boards at Bowie and Sam Houston Elementary schools, Collins Intermediate and Corsicana Middle School, as a mentor for the DEFY non-profit organization, and as Vice President of the Corsicana Athletic Booster Club and President of the Corsicana Cheer Booster Club.

Ms. Roman’s many years of volunteer work in the schools represents her belief and commitment to “public education as the best choice to educate and develop our students to be future leaders, citizens and members of the work force.”  She goes on to explain that, “The children we educate today, will be the teachers, nurses, doctors and law makers of tomorrow.” 

This passion for education spurred Jamie Roman’s run for the school board, according to her “to ensure that students, teachers and staff of CISD get the tools they need to be successful so that our community, state and country can continue to prosper… and to help our district achieve its goals.” 

A BBA graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Ms. Roman is married to Michael and has two children: Allika (Senior, Texas A&M University)and Corbet (8th grade).