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About Region 4
Message from the Executive Director

Over 45 years ago, the Texas Legislature demonstrated its commitment to excellence in education by establishing regional education service centers with the purpose of helping school districts and charter schools improve student performance, operate more efficiently, and implement state initiatives.

Since then, Region 4 Education Service Center has focused on providing responsive and effective support that promotes student success and allows flexibility of resources to target the specific needs of our students and communities.

Our core purpose of Excellence in Service for Children is reflected in the products and services we provide. From instruction to ancillary services, we focus on helping educators solve instructional challenges, build and reinforce sustainable infrastructures, and support school leaders in their mission to provide the highest quality education to all students.

Pam Wells, Ed.D.

About Region 4 Education Service Center
Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) is one of 20 regional education service centers established by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to assist school districts and charter schools in improving efficiencies and student performance. Regional education service centers are nonregulatory, intermediate education units. Texas Education Code, Chapter 8, gives each school district the opportunity to voluntarily be served by and participate with a regional education service center.

Region 4 serves a seven-county area composed of 50 public school districts and 41 open-enrollment charter schools, representing more than 1.1 million students, 91,000 educators, and 1,500 campuses.

Map of Region 4 (PDF)

In conformity with Tex. Educ. Code §28.002, resources and services provided by Region 4 Education Service Center for Texas schools are aligned with, and designed to support, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education.

Our Purpose and Commitment
The purpose of regional education service centers as established by the Texas Legislature is to—
  • Assist school districts in improving student performance
  • Enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically
  • Implement initiatives as assigned by the Texas Legislature or Commissioner of Education

In fulfilling our mission set forth by the state, Region 4 commits to embodying a vision that guides us in our aim for excellence.

Core Purpose
Excellence in Service for Children

Region 4 Goals 2014–2015
Goal 1: Improve student performance
Goal 2: Provide efficient fiscal management and effective stewardship
Goal 3: Build collaborative relationships and partnerships
Goal 4: Promote a supportive and productive work environment

Board of Directors

Region 4 Education Service Center is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, seven of whom are elected by school districts’ Boards of Trustees. A nonvoting member representing charter schools is appointed by the Texas Commissioner of Education. Elected directors serve 3-year terms on a staggered basis. The Board sets policies and goals for the Service Center, and the Executive Director and Region 4 staff are responsible for ensuring that these policies and goals are met.

Mrs. Rita Drabek
representing districts in
Fort Bend and Waller Counties
Dr. Hugh Hayes
representing districts in
West and North Harris County

Mr. Andy Reyes
representing districts in
Brazoria County

Mrs. Carmen Moreno
representing districts in
Galveston County

Ms. Faye Bryant
representing districts in
Central Harris County
Mrs. Linda Tinnerman
representing districts in
Chambers and Liberty Counties

Mr. Rick Peebles
Assistant Secretary
representing districts in
East Harris County
Dr. Oner Ulvi Celepcikay
Charter Schools Member
representing Charter Schools

 Region 4 Receives Financial Reporting Award

Pictured from right to left: Dr. Pam Wells, Region 4 Executive Director; Rita Drabek, Chair, Region 4 Board of Directors; Kevin Sanford, Partner, Weaver and Tidwell L.L.C.

For the 20th consecutive year, Region 4 has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association and Association of School Business Officials International, respectively.

These certificates are awarded to state and local governments that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. The goal of these programs is to ensure that users of the financial statements have the information necessary to determine the financial health of the organization.

Region 4 Leadership

Dr. Pam Wells
Executive Director

Ms. Anna McClane
Deputy Executive Director
Division of Instructional

Mr. Bob Baker
Deputy Executive Director
Division of Support Services

Mr. Robert Zingelmann
Chief Financial Officer
Business/Operations Services

Dr. Robby McGowen
Chief Officer of
Administrative Services
View the Region 4 Organization Chart
Regional Profile

The Region 4 Board of Directors and staff are committed to the continuous improvement of all services and programs to support district initiatives focused on student achievement.

Region 4 serves a seven-county area that consists of—

Download the Region 4 School Districts 2015–2016 Calendar.

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