About balboab

My name is Becky Balboa, and I am proud to serve as White Oak Middle School Principal. My husband, Tommy, and I live in White Oak with our two children, Madison and Connor. They keep us busy with their extracurricular activities. Education: Graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1993. Received BA in Elementary Education from SFA in 1998. Received Masters in Educational Leadership from SFA in 2004. Career: 18 years experience in education: kindergarten teacher, assistant principal, Head Start Director, principal. I look forward to working with you and your child. Please check back often White Oak Middle School news.

School Closure Update

White Oak Community,

Today, Tuesday, March 31 st, Governor Abbott extended the school closure period
for Texas school districts through May 4th. White Oak ISD will comply with this
order. Tentatively students will return to school on Tuesday, May 5th. We will
continue to follow future guidance from the Governor, CDC, T.E.A. , County Judge
etc. and will disseminate ASAP.

White Oak ISD will continue with the ‘continuity of education’ plan both hard-
copy and online for as long as it is practical (through the end of May as needed). We
are attempting to balance the need of keeping our students engaged in the learning
process and the logistical, real-life issues facing parents and guardians in our

White Oak class of 2020: Our heart is breaking for each of you and we
understand that this is a difficult time. Please know that we are exploring every
option that we can think of to try and give closure for y’all. At this point, we are
not sure if UIL activities can/will resume (currently shut down until May 4th) but
we will update as we can. We WILL have some sort of graduation ceremony,
although at this point we are not sure what that might look like….perhaps a virtual
ceremony to begin with and an ‘actual’ ceremony at a later date. We want to give
each of you your moment. We will update.

The lunch/breakfast program will continue uninterrupted.

Thank you for your continued support during these very challenging times. I know
it is difficult for everyone. Please know that White Oak ISD is trying to make the
best decisions we can that benefit our kiddos and community during these very
fluid and changing times. Please stay safe, healthy and continue to follow CDC

Go Roughnecks!
Brian Gray-Superintendent of Schools
White Oak ISD
The HOME of Roughneck PRIDE!

Mandatory Shelter in Place

White Oak Community,

Gregg County is now in a mandatory shelter in place beginning tomorrow night Thursday, March 26th and running through Thursday, April 9th.

The earliest that staff would return to school would be April 10th.  The earliest that students would return is April 13th.  These dates are subject to change.
*White Oak ISD will continue the ‘meal program’ as well as continuity of educational resources on-line and hard copy.  Campus administration is currently working to disseminate additional materials and information.
*Only essential personnel will be on campus.
Thank you for your continued support during these very challenging times.
Brian Gray
Superintendent of Schools
Details of the order are below:

1. You may leave your home, but limit your activities. All individuals should shelter at their place of residence, except for essential activities and business. Additionally, to the extent individuals use shared indoor or outdoor space, they should maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. All travel, except essential travel and essential activities, is prohibited. Travel into and out of the city is still allowed to perform essential activities, operate essential businesses, or maintain essential governmental functions.

2. To the extent individuals use shared indoor or outdoor space, they should maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. All travel, except essential travel and essential activities, is prohibited. Travel into and out of the City is still allowed to perform essential activities, operate essential businesses, or maintain essential governmental functions.

3. The Shelter-in-Place orders also direct businesses, except essential businesses, to cease all activities except minimum basic operations. All essential businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. However, even essential businesses are encouraged to determine essential staff necessary to operate and to send non-essential staff home. To the greatest extent feasible, essential businesses shall comply with social distancing requirements. Essential businesses include a variety of different types of businesses that provide essential goods and services for the community, such as healthcare, grocery stores, gas stations, hardware stores, banks, laundromats, transportation, media, construction, and several others detailed within the directive.

Essential businesses will continue to operate. Non-essential businesses should not continue to operate except for minimal, basic operations. See full list of essential businesses at this link.

Extended School Closure

White Oak ISD Community,

Due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, today Governor Greg Abbott announced that all schools in Texas will be closed until midnight on April 3rd, with a tentative reopen date of Monday, April 6th.  Therefore, White Oak ISD will remain closed until that time.  

Please note that this is a very fluid situation, and this could be extended depending upon recommendations the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and so-forth.

White Oak ISD will continue the distance learning plan developed by campus administration to try and have a continued educational process.  Please check campus webpages, Facebook, blogs etc., for any updated information.

Please know that we are looking at every possible ramification that these decisions will have on our students moving forward.  We will keep their needs and interests in the forefront of that decision-making process.  

We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause and the disruption of routine, but the health and well being of all Roughnecks will always be our guiding compass.

Please continue to check the White Oak ISD website, Facebook pages, blogs and other local news outlets for updates.

Brian Gray-Superintendent of Schools

White Oak ISD

The Home of ROUGHNECK Pride



Student Assignments

Parents-  you will receive a call from me this evening regarding our plan to continue your child’s education during the time we are closed.  Please ask your child to check email and teacher blogs on a regular basis so they are able to keep up with assignments.  I also encourage you to visit our website and White Oak Middle School Facebook page regularly for new information.  I will have hard copies of alternate assignments available at the Middle School, Wednesday evening from 4:00-6:00 pm, that can be used if the internet is not available.  Extra copies will be left with Mr. Gray at the administration building if you are unable to come that evening. These copies are only for students without internet service. Our students with disabilities will receive assignments by mail.  Please be on the lookout for that in the next few days.  All completed assignments will need to be turned in electronically or kept until we return to school on March 30.  All campuses are closed, and teachers, as well as office staff, will not be in the building during this time.

Beginning Wednesday, our Food Service Department will provide drive-though sack lunches to all WOISD students.  Please see the post below for more information.

We have a wonderful community, and together, we will get through this difficult time!

Thank you,

Becky Balboa

School Lunch

School Closure Meal Information


White Oak ISD will continue to provide meals for students during the Covid-19 (coronavirius) closure.  Please see the information below.


Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020:


WOISD will offer meals to ALL students in the district.  Meals will be served in a ‘drive through’ format from 11am-12 pm daily.  Guardians/students are asked to drive through in front of the secondary (HS/MS) cafeteria on White Oak Road.  Meals will be hand delivered to each vehicle. All school aged children will receive a meal.

For those guardians/students that are not able to ‘pick-up’ we will home deliver meals beginning at 12-noon each day.  Please call the following number (903-291-2090) or e-mail [email protected] no later than 10am on Wednesday morning March 18th so that we can get an approximate number of meals needed.  Please make sure to include an address and any pertinent information.

School meals will be offered to students on the following dates during the current Covid-19 closure:

Wednesday, March 18th

Thursday, March 19th

Friday, March 20th 

Monday, March 23rd 

Tuesday, March 24th

Wednesday, March 25th 

Thursday, March 26th

Friday, March 27th 

This information will be updated as needed.  Thank you for your continued support of White Oak ISD.  Go Roughnecks!