CISD Board Secretary Nichole Bentley earns Master Trustee designation


Nichole Bentley

Coppell ISD Board Trustee Nichole Bentley has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of the Leadership TASB program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

“Participating In this program has helped me grow and thrive as a leader and as a Trustee,” Bentley said. “I was able to learn from my Trustee peers across Texas, as well as gain an enhanced knowledge of how to continue to be an engaged advocate for public education in my district and beyond.”  

Trustee Bentley, who serves as the Board Secretary, joins CISD Trustees Leigh Walker, Tracy Fisher and Anthony Hill, as well as Board President Thom Hulme, as Master Trustees. CISD is one of only a few School Boards in Texas to have five Master Trustees. 

Bentley is the CEO of Prio Consulting, LLC, and the co-owner of Cruise Planners. She and her husband, Brett Schneider, have four children, all boys, who have graduated from Coppell High School and New Tech High @ Coppell. She was elected to the CISD School Board in 2018. 

She participated in a virtual graduation hosted by TASB Aug. 9-18. School board members in the 2019–20 Leadership TASB class gathered for their unique traveling tailgate graduation. At seven parking lots in seven different locations — Kingsville, Uvalde, Channelview, Cypress, Georgetown, Allen and Coppell, portions of the class of 36 participants met to receive their graduation honors.

Upon graduating, Leadership TASB participants joined the ranks of more than 900 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.The 2020 Leadership TASB class represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB. Leadership TASB is sponsored in part by H-E-B.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.43 million public school students. Learn more at

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