Student Health Advisory Committee


School Health Advisory Council

Every independent school district is required by law to have a school health advisory council (SHAC) of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district.  The SHAC is annually appointed by the Florence ISD Board of Trustees.


2016-2017 Florence ISD School Health Advisory Members

Voting Members

Lila West, Chairperson
Jackie Hornback, Co-Chair, Parent
Delisa Atkinson, Parent
Amy Crane, Parent
Debbie Gray, Parent
Danya Trussell, Parent
Maria Perez, Parent
Raymond Gray, Parent
Chad Van Cleave, Parent
Lillian Barnett, Child Nutrition Director
Valorie Brittingham, District Nurse
Annette Cooper, Physical Education Teacher

Ex-Officio Representatives

Amorin Nunez, Communities in Schools
Lesa Ragsdale, Transportation Director
Corbin Estes, Physical Education Teacher
John Tinsley, Counselor
Mary Harlan, Counselor
Julie Parker, Counselor
Kay Bradford, FES Principal
Catherine Beckerley, FMS Principal
Steve Elder, FHS Principal



What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?

A SHAC is a group of individuals representative of segments of the community, appointed by the Board of Trustees, to serve at the district level.  SHACs provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.  The SHAC will assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.

SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for recommending age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.


Benefits of Having a SHAC

  • Addressing the health needs of students through the work of the SHAC helps meet district performance goals and alleviates financial constraints.
  • Communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
  • Helping parents and community stakeholders reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.


Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code outlines the law regarding SHACs.  The entire Texas Education Code can be obtained online at: .

SHAC Guide for Texas School Districts

The School Health Advisory Councils Guide for Texas School Districts provides information to support the SHAC.  The guide can be obtained online at: .

To find out how you can be involved or get more information regarding the SHAC, contact Lila West, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at 254-793-2850.