Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) met with local superintendents from Orange County. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss education issues in preparation for the 84th Legislature which convenes in January.

The Legislature faces many challenges this session, and we cannot make good decisions unless we are listening closely to those we represent,” said Nichols. “Education is and always will be one of the most important issues we face as a state.”

Before each legislative session Nichols meets with each of the school district superintendents in Senate District 3 to listen to their priorities and discuss issues facing the local education community.

“We greatly appreciate Senator Nichols making the time to meet with the Orange County Superintendents. A well educated society is an absolute necessity in order to maintain our economy, freedom, way of life and position of  leadership and power in the world,” said Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD Superintendent Dr. Pauline Hargrove, host of the meeting. “Small group discussions, like the one today, provide the opportunity to learn the challenges and priorities of the local districts and the State, the impact of past legislation, and possible effects of future legislation and more effective solutions. The Superintendents want to be part of the solution and sincerely value the opportunity granted to them by Senator Nichols.”

Senate District 3, which includes over 100 school districts throughout 19 counties, encompasses the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

“These meetings help me to understand how decisions in Austin impact local schools,” stated Nichols. “I appreciate the opportunity to meet with superintendents and discuss how we can continue improving our education system. Our combined goal is to ensure children have the educational tools they need to be successful.”

Photo attached (L-R): West Orange-Cove ISD Superintendent James Colbert, Senator Robert Nichols, Bridge City ISD Superintendent Mike King, Orangefield ISD Superintendent Stephen Patterson, Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD Superintendent Dr. Pauline Hargrove.