SBISD is reportedly the only public school district in the nation to include a privately financed and self-sustaining art museum, the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum. Its collection is valued at more than $2 million and includes a Grandma Moses painting and a Native American Maria clay pot, among other artwork and objects.
"Dr. Klussmann has demonstrated not only through his actions, but through keynote messages to our entire district that he understands the importance of providing our student body with abundant opportunities for growth, not only in the area of academics but in social and emotional areas, such as the arts," said Patti Pace, district executive director for Elementary Administrative Services. "Our students will benefit from his dedication to developing the whole child."
Spring Branch Middle School art teacher Suzanne Greene said that Dr. Klussmann was "pro-arts education" from his first day as principal at the middle school. He increased the fine arts budget, supported teacher trips to state and national conventions, and framed and placed student art throughout the school.
"If there is an art show that his students are in, he will be there to view what they have done. He is quick to praise and support his art teachers in what they do everyday for the students of SBISD," Greene said.
Wayne Schaper Jr., honored as TAEA's 2007 Principal of the Year, earned great respect from educators from across the region for offering Spring Woods High as a two-year site for the Region IV West VASE, or Visual Art Scholastic Event.
Hundreds of art students present, talk about, and defend their work before professional artists and educators during the VASE regional competition.
States Spring Woods High art teacher Crystal Kinney, who was regional site director for VASE last year: "I know that this event would not have been possible if it were not for the encouragement and assistance Mr. Schaper provided me. Not only did this principal help organize the event, he also donated his time for the entire day directing buses, teachers and art students around the campus."
Digital Media and Tiger Productions/Tiger TV instructor Patricia Kougar-Melton praised the principal for his broad support of so many. "Having known Wayne from the first day he set foot on campus to the present, there is one characteristic that always stands out and that is his total dedication to the success of all students and complete support for the arts," she said.
The goal of the Texas Art Education Association is to raise the standards of art education and the teaching of art throughout the state, to promote art as an integral part of the curriculum, and to represent Texas art educators at a variety of levels. – less–ZoomInfo