Grapevine-Colleyville 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?

Louie Sullins (incumbent)Email: louiesullins@gmail.com
Tommy Snyderhttp://tommysnyderforgcisdplace3.com/index.php/2019/02/20/61/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TommySnyderforGCISDPlace3/about/

PLACE 4

Who’s Running?

Lisa Pardo (incumbent)FB: www.facebook.com/gcisdtrusteelisapardoplace4
Email: lisapardo04@yahoo.com
Mike McCoy

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Lisa Pardo
The top two priorities facing GCISD is school finance and the continued increase of our recapture payments and providing property tax relief. Since 2015 GCISD has $124.5 million to the state in recapture with a projected amount of $56 million to be paid in 2019. These are school taxes paid by our neighbors to run our schools and pay our teachers. We as a district, community and individually must continue to work with elected officials and pass a plan that truly gives taxpayers relief and allows GCISD to keep tax dollars where we pay them—in GCISD. On top of these issues, we need to continue to make sure each student in GCISD receives an education to prepare them for life.
Mike McCoy
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Lisa Pardo
I feel my experience on the GCISD board of trustees since 2004 makes me the better qualified candidate. I have held the position of President for three years, Vice President four years and Secretary one year. This along with yearly board training, continuing education classes and leadership training required by the state. I continue to be in the schools listening to the needs of our teachers and student’s. I am also involved in our communities listening to the concerns of parents, empty nesters and retirees. I believe both my professional and political experiences give me the insight to understand the many diverse functions of our district, from the financial aspect to the education of our students.
Mike McCoy
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?
Lisa Pardo
HB2 changes every time there is a hearing. How does a board address a bill that has not become law? We need a bill that provides true tax relief not one that just caps it. At this point in discussion I feel HB 3 will have more of a positive impact for taxpayers in lowering taxes.
Mike McCoy
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?
Lisa Pardo
I believe that the students in GCISD are more than a test score. The STARR test is a measurement of relative performance rather than academic progress and the results fall short in the ability to inform parents and teachers of the student’s true progress and achievement. I support an accountability system that uses multiple measures that reflects the whole student.
Mike McCoy
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?
Lisa Pardo
Students in GCISD are treated equally. We have both local and legal discipline policies in place that all teachers and leadership must adhere to.
Mike McCoy
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?
Lisa Pardo
Making sure GCISD provides a safe and secure environment for all students and employees is a top priority. GCISD has implemented prevention and security measures, emergency plans and added security personnel. This all exceeds the recommendations of both the Texas School Safety Center and the Governor’s safety committee.
Mike McCoy
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Lisa Pardo
I am not in favor of privatizing the nutritional services in GCISD. There have been changes made in this department and since then the program has posted a profit, covered all expenses and indirect cost all while improving the quality of food and staying within the guidelines of both federal and state rules. Nutritional services is continually looking for ways to improve taste and flavor and listening to students wishes
Mike McCoy
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Lisa Pardo
I believe there needs to be an increase in transparency and understanding regarding charter schools and the use of taxpayer’s money for these schools within our district. The community should be aware of the difference between charter and local schools and the amount of funding each charter school within our district receives.
Mike McCoy
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Lisa Pardo
I was taught to give back and serve where and when you can. I am asking the community for the privilege to continue to serve. I have the honor to represent families with children, empty nesters, retirees and business owners. I continue to volunteer in our schools working with students weekly to help them with math and reading along with volunteering during the summer with students in a reading program. As I always told my children "Education is the magic key that takes you where you want to be" . I am asking the community for the opportunity to continue representing all residents and to continue on the path of making sure all students receive an excellent education.
Mike McCoy