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Tomball Independent School District

TISD PEIMS Coordinator Kenneth Cloud Earns TASBO RISE Award, TISD Purchasing Recognized with TASBO Award of Merit

TISD PEIMS Coordinator Kenneth Cloud Earns TASBO RISE Award, TISD Purchasing Recognized with TASBO Award of Merit
Kenneth Cloud

HOUSTON, Texas –  Tomball ISD showed well at the 2024 Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Engage Conference, bringing home several top awards which included an individual recognition and a team recognition.

Among the awards presented, TISD Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Coordinator Kenneth Cloud was named a 2024 recipient for the coveted TASBO RISE Award.

The RISE Award recognizes a person whose early accomplishments, within their career and TASBO, distinguish them as future leaders in the profession. According to TASBO, the goal of this award is to bring to light those individuals who are on the rise in the school business community.

Cloud plays an integral role in helping lead the PEIMS group in Tomball ISD who is responsible for submitting all the district data required by TEA to enable them to evaluate our school district and campuses. The information submitted determines state funding, as well as compliance and accountability in many programs.

“The word “Rise” and Kenny are a perfect match,” said Mark White, TISD Assistant Superintendent of Accountability. “Kenny is forever lifting up his team and the entire district towards improved data quality, and data management all while building an ever stronger sense of teamwork and mutual accountability. 

“Since Kenny has taken the reigns managing student information, the district has seen a pronounced improvement in data and records procedures as well as an improved retention rate among campus-based paraprofessionals who have some to rely on the support and training he provides.”

Cloud was one of just 13 recipients for this year’s award, who were recognized during the TASBO Engage Conference:

  • Kenneth Cloud, CTSBO, Tomball ISD
  • Amanda Ray, RTSBA, Blue Ridge ISD
  • Amber Lasseigne, RTSBA, Lewisville ISD
  • Brandy Mayo, RTSBA, Venus ISD
  • Cayla Mars, RTSBA, Ore City ISD
  • Jennifer Hinds, RTSBA, Abilene ISD
  • Kelechi Bradley, Sheldon ISD
  • Kelsey Ramos, RTSBA, Calallen ISD
  • Kimberly Smith, CPA, Frisco ISD
  • Kyle Johnson, Westwood ISD
  • Lance Rainey, RTSBA, Brock ISD
  • Michael Smith, RTSBA, West Hardin County CISD
  • Shannon Allen, CTSBO, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD


In addition to Cloud’s recognition, Tomball ISD was also recognized as one of 77 educational organizations for following best practices in the area of purchasing operations. The TISD Purchasing Team earned the TASBO Award of Merit for the second straight year.

According to TASBO, the Award of Merit was established in 2009 to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. Each year, volunteers with the TASBO Purchasing & Supply Management Research Committee evaluate the award criteria to ensure it represents the latest best practices. They then review new and recertification applications. For 2024, only 77 districts met the stringent criteria to qualify for the award. For 2024, only 77 recipients met the stringent criteria to qualify for the award.

“We’re proud of the work our honorees do to streamline school purchasing operations, comply with regulations, and set the standard for how to utilize taxpayer dollars,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “These organizations have not only demonstrated their professional acumen by documenting their districts’ policies and procedures, but have also shared these best practices with colleagues throughout Texas.”

Members of the Tomball ISD’s purchasing team were honored at an awards reception sponsored by BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative during the 2024 TASBO annual conference.

For a complete list of school organizations earning the Award of Merit, visit the official TASBO press release

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 22,000 students across 23 campuses.

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