By Telford                                             H.R. No. 765
         76R13832 BE-D                           
                                 R E S O L U T I O N
 1-1           WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives takes great pride
 1-2     in commemorating the exemplary career of Liberty-Eylau ISD
 1-3     superintendent Nicholas Blain, for his longtime commitment to Texas
 1-4     education indeed merits special legislative recognition; and
 1-5           WHEREAS, A graduate of Greenville High School, Mr. Blain
 1-6     attended Texas A&M University, earning both a bachelor's and a
 1-7     master's degree; he began his teaching career in 1967 in Nassau
 1-8     County, Florida, but returned to Greenville in 1970, accepting a
 1-9     position as the vocational agriculture instructor at his alma
1-10     mater; and
1-11           WHEREAS, Ability and commitment advanced Mr. Blain through a
1-12     number of increasingly responsible positions in the public school
1-13     system, and in 1991 he was appointed superintendent of the
1-14     Liberty-Eylau ISD; and
1-15           WHEREAS, He was awarded the title of Superintendent of the
1-16     Year for Region VIII in 1996, and he is an honorary life member of
1-17     both the Texas and national parent teacher associations; he has
1-18     also been cited as an Honorary Lone Star Farmer by the Texas FFA
1-19     Association for his many years of service in behalf of agricultural
1-20     and vocational education; and
1-21           WHEREAS, In addition to his dedication to the schoolchildren
1-22     of Texas, Mr. Blain is an outstanding civic leader; he is a
1-23     longtime member of the Liberty-Eylau Kiwanis Club, having served as
1-24     secretary, president, and as a member of the board of directors,
 2-1     and he has served with the local chamber of commerce, the American
 2-2     Red Cross, and the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Foundation as
 2-3     well; and
 2-4           WHEREAS, A commitment to education is something of a
 2-5     tradition for Mr. Blain and his family: his wife of 30 years, Judy,
 2-6     is a secretary at Liberty-Eylau High School, their son, Chad, is
 2-7     assistant principal at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in
 2-8     Texarkana, and Chad's wife, Jami, is a teacher at Liberty-Eylau
 2-9     Primary School; and
2-10           WHEREAS, For more than three decades, Nicholas Blain has been
2-11     a determined and effective leader in the field of education, and it
2-12     is indeed appropriate to recognize him for his many significant
2-13     achievements; now, therefore, be it
2-14           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th Texas
2-15     Legislature hereby commend Nicholas Blain for his many years of
2-16     service to the schoolchildren of the Lone Star State and extend to
2-17     him warmest best wishes for continued success and happiness; and,
2-18     be it further
2-19           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
2-20     prepared for Mr. Blain as an expression of high regard by the Texas
2-21     House of Representatives.