Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD School Board

Job descriptionSchool boards are the governing bodies of their school districts. Term is three 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 3

Who’s Running?

Tim Daughtrey (incumbent)FB: https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Tim-Daughtrey-Place-3-Eagle-Mountain-Saginaw-ISD-School-Board-482947255246559/
Email: twdaughtrey@sbcglobal.net
Greg NooneFB: Greg Noone for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Place 3
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GREGNOONE4EMSISD/
Email: gnoone563@gmail.com
Email: gregnoone4EMSISD@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
Providing every student with a quality education resulting in graduation prepared for the next stage of life without a need for remedial work will be my main goal as Trustee. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that a person without a high school diploma earns about $500/ week and has an unemployment rate of 6.5% whereas someone with a high school diploma earns about $700/ week and only has a 4.5 % unemployment rate. To accomplish this goal, I will advocate and encourage the continued use and refinement of personal education plans for students from K-12. Additionally, I will work for increased early education programs to raise the readiness and skills our children need in the pre-K to 3rd grade levels. Making sure our youngest children are equipped and prepared at the first stages of their education aids them later.
Second, as a fast growing district, EMS-ISD must attract and retain quality teachers through competitive salary and benefits while maintaining a culture of excellence. I will work to do this along with adding quality facilities and equipment so that our kids are prepared for their future, whether that means going to college, into the military, or pursuing a career.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
I am running for Trustee because I believe education is the key for opportunity and prosperity. I have always enjoyed learning new things, and as a member of the board, I want to encourage that in the next generation. My family and I have lived in EMS-ISD for 25 years and our 4 sons graduated from the district. As a result of my love of learning, I have achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from TCU. I am a problem solver who has 30 years of municipal law enforcement experience as an investigator and supervisor. With this background, I am well able to handle the people, issues, and tasks for which a Trustee is responsible.
3. PROPERTY TAXES ARE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR LOCAL SERVICES. THE STATE LEGISLATURE MAY LIMIT PROPERTY TAX REVENUE GROWTH AT 2.5 PERCENT PER YEAR. IF THIS BECOMES LAW, HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS THIS?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
The Senate bill proposes a revenue cap. The House bill proposes an increase to the homestead exemption. In either proposal, school districts are currently being held harmless which means the state will make up the difference, but the proposals do not specifically exempt interest & sinking funds. If this is not exempted, our district will need to accommodate that. With that said, the Senate’s version does not address schools because it knows schools have a unique revenue structure. Many other questions still exist on other topics. Unfortunately, this means as a school board we must wait and see what the Legislature decides to do and then react. In the meantime, we should let our legislators, Representative Geren, and Senators Nelson and Powell know our preference, i.e., the State should fulfill its Constitutional responsibility "to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools" by holding harmless school districts if it initiates property tax revenue caps.
4. HOW EFFECTIVE ARE STATE OF TEXAS ASSESSMENTS OF ACADEMIC READINESS (STARR) TEST RESULTS IN ASSESSING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THE QUALITY OF SCHOOLS IN YOUR DISTRICT?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
I, like many people in our district, dispute the overall effectiveness of using STAAR test results to assess student achievement and, consequently, the quality of schools in EMS-ISD. The ideas behind the concept, measuring what students have learned, that assessments are valuable tools in guiding instruction, and creating an accountability system, are understandable and useful, and I support those goals, but the STAAR test system is ill-equipped to accomplish all of the goals. The use of one tool to try to achieve all three goals is where most of the criticism rightly develops. The criticisms that it does not accurately gauge what students have learned that school year, but rather registers that student’s test-taking abilities, that schools spend an inordinate amount of education time (and money) teaching to the test, and that it creates too much stress in students, parents, teachers, and administrators are legitimate.
5. EDUCATION RESEARCHERS REPORT THAT CHILDREN OF COLOR ARE DISCIPLINED MORE OFTEN THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. HOW SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT ADDRESS THIS CONCERN WHEN SETTING CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE POLICIES?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
Classroom discipline policies should address behavior not race.
6. IN RESPONSE TO MASS SHOOTING EVENTS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES, WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY, AND WHAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, IF ANY, ARE NEEDED?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
The policies EMS-ISD has in place are sufficient. I believe additional steps that could help protect and improve students’ overall well-being and performance include the provision of school counselors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists on our campuses. These professionals, when involved in education, contribute to improved attendance rates, better academic achievement, higher graduation rates, and lower rates of suspensions, expulsions, and disciplinary incidents.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
I am for providing students with nutritious meals which allows them to learn throughout the day. The most important part of providing these meals is that nutrition standards are maintained. Cost is always a consideration, but as we have seen in the past (the Reagan Administration’s ruling that ketchup was a vegetable, for one), it should not be the only or first consideration.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
Charter schools came about due to dissatisfaction with the quality of public school education. As such EMS-ISD must acknowledge that charter schools exist for that reason and do better in providing quality education to all students that result in graduation prepared for the next stage of life without a need for remedial work. The district must continue to develop and implement its Aspire 2022 goal from K-12 regarding Personal Education Plans with students to achieve this performance. Additionally, the public must remember that public schools are the only ones that must educate all students. Charter and private schools get to select their students. As such, public schools carry this added responsibility and take it very conscientiously.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Tim Daughtrey
Greg Noone
Public education is vital to the well-being of our society. Everything else rests upon it. I will work long and hard to continuously improve the quality of education offered in our district as Trustee. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. Early voting begins April 22, 2019. If you have questions, feel free to contact me by email at gregnoone4EMSISD@gmail or on Facebook at Greg Noone for Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Place 3.

PLACE 4

Who’s Running?

William BoazEmail: williamboaz23@gmail.com

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Steven G. Newcom (incumbent)Email: stevengnewcom@gmail.com