AUSTIN - Ann Calahan, president of the Stephenville ISD board of trustees, has joined the TASB Energy Cooperative board for a three-year term.

Calahan has served on the Stephenville ISD board of trustees for 10 years, seven years as president, and she also had held the office of vice-president.

"The TASB Energy Cooperative is committed to effectively managing energy costs for school districts and other governmental entities during these times of volatile electricity and fuel prices. To take advantage of opportunities when prices are favorable, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), administrator of the Energy Cooperative, works with school districts to act quickly to lock in favorable electricity and transportation fuel rates. This ensures a fixed rate for the commodity price over the length of a contract, thus providing budget certainty for school districts and other governmental entities," said Jeff Clemmons, director of TASB OnSite Services and liaison to the energy board.

TASB Energy Cooperative programs are governed by a five-member board that includes school board members, administrators, and district professionals.

School districts and other governmental entities may become members of the Energy Cooperative. In addition to her service to Stephenville ISD, Calahan is a member of Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, Stephenville Athletic Booster Club, Texan Club, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She is a professor and department chair at Tarleton State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree in educational leadership. Calahan also earned a doctorate at Texas A&M University in curriculum and instruction.

TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.8 million public school students.