School Board

Job descriptionSchool boards are the governing bodies of their school districts. Remaining term is two years.
DutiesSets district goals and priorities
Adopts and reviews district policies
Publish annual educational performance report
Hires and evaluates district superintendent
Adopts district budget and monitors district finances
Approves tax rate
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official expenses.
MeetingsMonthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Place 2 Candidates (open seat)

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Jeremy MayFB:
Jim Short

I am not seeking office because I perceive problems in Azle schools. Rather, I am running to be an advocate for strong public schools. In order for Azle to continue being a great district we must sustain excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts. In years to come we will be contending with the challenges and opportunities that come with growing enrollment. We will deal with the perpetual problem of unlimited wants and limited resources. My goal is to faithfully and prudently serve the children, patrons and staff of Azle ISD in order to provide a world-class instructional program.With 35 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, principal, human resources specialist and assistant superintendent in more than one district I have attended hundreds of school board meetings. I believe I am the only candidate who understands the complexities involved in knowing how school finance, state and federal law, student, staff and patron concerns all work together to affect school performance. My wide-ranging experiences have prepared me to seek practical data based solutions for the AISD. My service as a director for the Azle Education Foundation and numerous other volunteer activities reflect my commitment to the community.
Sarah BennettFB:
W. Kent Durham

My priority will always be our students and improving student achievement. Azle ISD’s Mission Statement is “Making a Difference to Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.” We have a strong school board and administration who are effectively advancing this mission in our district. I want to help our board continue in this tradition of excellence.My dedication to the district qualifies me to serve on the board. Both my children have attended Azle schools, and my son currently attends Azle High School. My wife has worked as a counselor at Hoover Elementary. I chaired the committee that developed the bond package that was ultimately approved by almost 70% of the voters in the 2016 election. I also chaired the political action committee, “Classrooms for Kids,” which supported the bond initiative. I have also served on the District Leadership Team for many years.
Tom Kisner

Azle ISD has four elementary schools that are projected to be over-capacity next year (2018-2019). Finding a plan to deal with this in both the short and long term is my top priority. The Azle ISD is experiencing rapid growth, and during last bond election voters were told building the new Walnut Creek and Azle Elementary would alleviate the overcrowding in the elementary schools in the short term, but this is already not the case.I’m currently the Assistant Scoutmaster for Azle Boy Scout Troop 243. Previously I was Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 243. I was appointed by the Azle ISD School Board to be a Community Representative member of the District of Innovation Committee. I hold an Extra Class amateur radio license (call sign KN6Q), and I’m active in local group efforts for emergency communication preparedness. I graduated with an Associate’s from Tarrant County College and earned a Bachelor's in Business from the University of North Texas and a MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. I currently work at BNSF Railway in Information Technology.
Tan GingerichFB:

Place 3 Candidates

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Timothy D. Brown (incumbent)Email:

Place 4 Candidates

CandidateCampaign LinksWhat is your top priority if elected to this office?Why are you the best qualified candidate for this office?
Shannon Hart (incumbent)Email:
Jamie Vest

One of my top priorities is Student and Teacher Safety. There are a number of actions we can take to ensure all precautions are utilized. Another priority would be to ensure the Students are learning valuable life lessons and not just being taught to pass standardized testing. While testing is important, it’s also equally important to have a curriculum that teaches challenges applicable to the real world. Our Teachers should be encouraged to be leaders to these children.I was raised in Azle and graduated from AHS in 2002. My children also attend Azle ISD so I am very in tune with the curriculum and goals. I am very passionate about what is right for our Teachers and Students from supplies to leadership. I love to listen and problem solve as I do it every day for a career. While I work full time, I will still be able to dedicate as much as needed for Place 4 of the Azle ISD School Board.