SHAC Overview

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of individuals representing segments of the West community, appointed by the school district and Board of Trustees, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.

The SHAC provides an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing age-appropriate, sequential health education programs and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.

How does the SHAC help West ISD students?

The SHAC is instrumental in improving student health and creating healthy schools by:

  • Helping all West ISD schools meet community involvement mandates and community expectations,
  • Providing a way for community members to work together with school personnel to accomplish district goals,
  • Utilizing community resources and assets,
  • Influencing people within a community to be a credible, collective voice for healthy children and youth,
  • Providing a forum for sharing youth health information, resources, perspectives and a range of advice,
  • Fostering member’s personal satisfaction and understanding of their role in strengthening their community by supporting coordinated school health; and
  • Fostering cooperation by building trust and consensus among grassroots organizations, community segments, and diverse citizens.

What are the responsibilities of the SHAC?

The SHAC must address the responsibilities outlined in Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code. However, the West ISD SHAC strives to address all eight components of a coordinated school health program as listed here:

  1. health instruction,
  2. healthy school environment,
  3. health services,
  4. physical education,
  5. school counseling,
  6. food service,
  7. school site health promotion for faculty and staff; and
  8. involvement with parents and the community.

When does the SHAC Meet?

The West ISD SHAC meetings are traditionally held at the West ISD Administration Building. These meetings are open to the public. Below, you will find the dates of the upcoming West ISD SHAC meetings.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Online Meeting 
  • The SHAC Annual Report and Public Hearing was held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, during the Regular Board of Trustees Meeting. 
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Online Meeting 
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Online Meeting 
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Online Meeting 
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Online Meeting 
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Online Meeting 
Who serves on the SHAC?
The 2020-2021 West ISD SHAC members are:
  • David Truitt, Coordinator
  • Rose Kolar, Chair
  • Molly Sughrue, Vice-Chair
  • Becky Holloman, Secretary
  • Chuck Klander, Principal Representative
  • Loretta Cvikel, Nursing Staff Representative
  • Kristie Bryant, Sharon Hlavenka, and Claudia McGlothen, Counseling Representatives
  • Cathy Gerik, Child Nutrition Representative
  • Terri Tobola, Staff Wellness Representative
  • Jana Pratka, Emergency Operations Representative
  • Leigh Crawshaw, Board of Trustees Representative
  • Amanda Adams, Teaching and Learning Representative
  • Michele Scott, CCMR Representative 
  • John Knutson, Teaching Staff Representative, West Elementary School
  • Chandler Hejl, Teaching Staff Representative, West Middle/High School
  • Jacquelynn Souders, Teaching Staff Representative, Brookhaven Youth Ranch
  • Robin Vicars, Parent Representative
  • Vanessa Davis, Parent Representative
  • Ann Miller, Parent Representative
  • Allison Marek, Parent Representative
  • Tonya Kolar, Parent Representative
  • Officer Mike Keathley, Law Enforcement Representative
  • Dr. Eric Chudej, Health Services Representative
  • Amanda Niemeyer, Community Representative
  • Dr. John Crowder, Clergy Representative
  • Tom Willis, Nonprofit Healthcare Representative
  • Hailey Routson, Student Representative, Grade 12
  • Cole Bryant, Student Representative, Grade 9
For additional information, please contact David Truitt, Superintendent, at (254) 981-2000.