HCISD recognized for district safety by TASB


The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District received recognition by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for their efforts to decrease hazards at the work place during the regular Board of Trustees meeting on July 9.

HCISD received the Loss Prevention Grant for the sixth consecutive year. The grant recognizes district members who take proactive steps in developing methods to decrease work place hazards. The awarded grant was three thousand dollars.

Also received was the two thousand dollar TASB Scholar Award, which recognizes districts with innovative risk management programs. This is the first year the award has been given to school districts. HCISD was one of six school districts selected.

“We as a team and district are committed to ensuring the health of all of our teachers and staff members,” said Rosalinda Vargas, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. “It is an honor to receive the Loss Prevention Grant for the sixth consecutive year and utilize these funds to continue our efforts towards district safety.”

The grants will be used for the purchasing of materials related to employee to district safety.

“The TASB Risk Management Fund’s commitment to members is shown through the Fund Five “S” Difference in facing significant challenges, even during periods of economic steadiness,” said Clem Zabalza, division director of TASB Loss Prevention and Training Services. “The Loss Prevention Grant helps prevent work-site injuries and protect physical assets by encouraging members to identify hazards and providing monies to address them. This grant showcases the Fund’s Five S’s: the Strength to give back to its members, particularly when economic times add to their challenges.”

To apply for the grants, an application documenting how grant funds would be spent as well as how past methods have been successful for the district was submitted.

The awards were made possible through the collaboration of district administration and committees.

Since 1998, the Fund’s Loss Prevention Grant Program has distributed 2,451 total grants of more than $6.24 million to Fund members in the workers’ compensation and property and auto programs.

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