Hurst-Euless-Bedford 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.

Recent News Articles

“2019 Local Election Endorsements,” Tarrant County Central Labor Council (2019) http://tcclc.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=747968

“Aisha’s Miss Nepal US Journey,” GoFundMe (July 23, 2018) https://www.gofundme.com/aisha039s-miss-nepal-us-journey

PLACE 1

Who’s Running?

Julie Cole (incumbent)Email: JulieCole4kids@gmail.com

PLACE 6

Who’s Running?

Andy Cargile (incumbent)Email: andycargile@hotmail.com
Kristie HanhartKittle4Kids.com
Instagram: https://fundly.com/kristie-hanhart-for-heb-isd-school-board-place-6
FB: https://www.facebook.com/hanharthebisd/
Email: hanhartk@yahoo.com
Email: dr.kris.kittle@adoptionsurvival.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
I would like to bridge the gap between economically disadvantage students and those who are not. I would like the school district to explore the government program that provides free breakfast and lunch to all students. These priorities would improve testing and overall performance for all students.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
I am a small business owner and a mother. I am not rich and the school board needs the perspective from the lower to middle income bracket. The reason for this is that I have a better understanding of what it is like living paycheck to paycheck and trying to meet the needs of school aged kids.
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?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
If this happens the school board will definitely need to be prepared to find extra streams of income to balance the budget. Teachers deserve the best and so do the students.
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?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
I believe there is too much put into these test. Teachers should be able to teacher what needs to be taught, not teach to the test.
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?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
All policies should be enforced the same every time regardless of 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?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
I believe that in this instance we need to do our best to keep the children as safe as possible. In order to do this we need to visit, call and write our legislators on a regular basis to ensure the safety of our children through pieces of legislation.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
I believe we should not privatize nutrition services in the school district but explore the government program of all students eat free breakfast and lunch.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart
The school district needs to show the importance of public education and do their best to keep kids in public schools rather than charter. No public school funds should go to charter schools.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Andy Cargile
Kristie Hanhart

PLACE 7

Who’s Running?

Fred Campos (incumbent)https://fredcamposforheb.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/FredCamposForHEB/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fullcustodydad/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fredcamposjr/
Email: fcampos@dfwwebsitedesigners.com
Aisha Ojhahttps://www.aishaojha.org/about
FB: https://www.instagram.com/aishaojha4hebisd/
Instagram: https://fundly.com/aisha-ojha-for-heb-isd-school-board-place-7
Email: aishojha@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Fred Campos
I have served as your HEB ISD Trustee for the past four years & the last year as your Board Secretary. Having 3 children in the district and volunteering at all levels prior to my first year on the board, I have enjoyed supporting our diverse group of children. Homegrown by the district's Board Ambassador program, I have been a part of reducing school tax, increasing non-college certifications, and maintaining the highest paid teacher salaries in N. TX in both starting bachelors & masters. The two biggest issues I have been working on and will continue to do so are:
1. Keeping HEBISD #1. HEB is in so many areas and an A-rated district by the state. Staying #1 while our economically disadvantaged numbers continue to go up will be a challenge.
2. Leadership staffing is key. That's why I continue to vote to keep our teachers the highest paid (currently #1 in N. TX). However, during my tenure, we are going to see a complete turnover in executive leadership. It is so important we make these decisions wisely and with a board that known the staff well.
Aisha Ojha
My top priority is keeping the students and their needs before anything else. As a Social worker, a teacher and a community leader, I am for more mental health services for our at-risk students. I want to implement more support programs for the 52% of HEB ISD students who are economically disadvantaged so they can focus on their studies. Our teachers especially our female teachers should not have to save their sick days to use it for their paternal leave and I will definitely raise a voice for them! Lastly, I am running for outreach to the growing number of immigrant students and families in our district.
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Fred Campos
I have served as your HEB ISD Trustee for the past four years & the last year as your Board Secretary. Having 3 children in the district and volunteering at all levels prior to my first year on the board (some years as much as 1000 hours), I have enjoyed supporting our diverse group of children. Homegrown by the district's Board Ambassador program, I have been a part of reducing school tax, increasing non-college certifications, and maintaining the highest paid teacher salaries in N. TX in both starting bachelors & masters.
Aisha Ojha
I understand the struggles of our students, teachers, staff and administrators. I have volunteered at different schools around DFW while getting my degree in Social Work (Mental Health and Substance Abuse) and I have seen how policies can affect the schools. I am the best qualified candidate because the students’ needs will come before anything else with me. I have a passion to serve, the experience of interacting daily with our HEB ISD students and the desire to make our school district the best in the nation.
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?
Fred Campos
HEB ISD is one of the very FEW districts that continue to lower the tax rates as property values go up (a practice I HIGHLY support). Your existing board (myself included) always watch and spend conservatively. I don't anticipate this being a problem for our district.
Aisha Ojha
The board should push for more support from the Texas government. HEB ISD uses its M & O rate for payrolls and it has been steady for some years. The I & S rate which is used for special projects will go up now however because of the new bond that was passed last year. The property tax cap must be accompanied by an increase in the state contribution to school budgets so the pressure will be off of ISDs and the taxpayers.
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?
Fred Campos
We live in a "test" crazy society, from driving tests, drug tests, certification tests, and even blood tests. I've been working with community employers and our kids are even subject to a vast array of hiring tests for jobs and careers. Testing is here to stay.
While in general, I am not a fan of the STAAR test, HEB ISD students fair well in relation to other districts and achievement.
Regardless of what STATE instrument testing they continue to inflict on districts, I will continue to oversee that our kids perform in the top percentiles in all areas.
Aisha Ojha
Recent studies have shown STAAR testing is not as effective in assessing student achievement and the quality of schools in the districts. In fact, while talking to my students I found out that one of the major stressors our students face are these types of tests. I agree with the need to test our students with a meticulous test instrument, but I believe this instrument needs to help our students rather than cause them and their parents stresses. FYI- We currently have a new legislation filed to audit STAAR.
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?
Fred Campos
This is a report presented to the board that we currently study and discuss. When we see it, we do ask more questions and adjust accordingly. One of the areas your HEB ISD district and board does very well, is we continue to hire teachers and principals of color. A practice I strongly support and encourage.
Aisha Ojha
A diverse school district like HEB ISD needs diverse staff members as well as a diverse Board of Trustees to make our schools and our policies culturally competent and equal for all of our students and staff. Along with reports, I believe the district needs to be aware of the incoming student demographics and conduct orientation programs for immigrant students and families to make sure they understand the America education system. Diversity is one of the platforms that I am running on.
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?
Fred Campos
Just what you expect, HEB ISD has been way ahead of the curve in this area. Therefore very little tweaking has been needed over the last years. From check-ins to background checks, from drills, locks, emergency procedures, and additional counseling, we are on top of safety. The board and staff have a great relationship with the cities conducting mutual drills intertwined with local law enforcement.
Furthermore, our Safety Coordinator, Robby Ball, was recognized with the 2018 National School Safety Award.
I do and will continue to put the safety of our kids first.
https://www.hebisd.edu/page.cfm?p=3198
Aisha Ojha
The safety of our students and staff must come before anything else. I believe it is very important that our policies are up to date and annual trainings are being conducted to make sure the staff is updated if there are any changes. We should also increase mental health awareness programs by contracting with other universities (they will provide their services for free) and implement them in our schools so all of our troubled students receive the help that they need.
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Fred Campos
I am open to any and all ideas that provide higher quality food for our children and cost our stakeholder less money.
That said, HEB ISD is currently experimenting and studying the offering of free breakfast at several schools to ALL students (a measure I support).
However, I am not sure we could continue this offering on a privatized nutrition services program.
Aisha Ojha
My main concern is all of our students are being fed. We have 52% economically disadvantaged students just in our district alone. It is very important for us to be open-minded and careful when it comes to nutrition because we have to make sure the food we are serving is healthy for our students and affordable for us. I would be open to exploring the idea, however I would need to know more about the services and do more research on them.
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Fred Campos
Lots of talk about charter school lately. Here's the bottom line when it comes to money leaving a district:
Are charter schools held to the same standards of rating and accountability for ALL students as their public district counter-parts?
Do they have the same diversity opportunities? Can my very, very special needs child, who currently needs 1-to-1 care get that at the same level at a charter? Or do we encourage and discriminate at a charter for only "STEM students"?
Until the playing field is leveled in regards to accountability and acess, we have to continue to fight against the voucher and charter movement. Especially in comparison to a very high performing district like HEB ISD.
A vote for me, is a vote for ALL kids. Regardless of color, sexual preference, economically disadvantaged. ALL KIDS deserve a great education.
Aisha Ojha
I believe everyone has the right to freedom, but I do not agree with charter schools taking public funds. I know charter schools do not provide the additional assistance (tutoring, etc.) that any student may need and one of my students seemed to be very discouraged by this. We need to continue putting more money in our public education system so our tax payers’ money is being properly used and our students get the services they deserve.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Fred Campos
Being a parent of three very different children have given me, perhaps, the widest cross-section view over any other board member. My daughter now in college, is dyslexic, my oldest son is extremely gifted and talented, and my youngest son is involved in HEB ISD language programs. Together these three children have placed me on 7 different HEB ISD campuses. I am a member of 8 different PTA and have attended more than 12 different school board training conferences so far.
Being an A-rated district with the highest paid starting teacher salaries and number one on so many level, it is not a time to change the board. Please re-elect me and allow me to continue to serve our kids!
Aisha Ojha
I am a proud teacher of 60+ HEBISD students that attend my dance school. I believe our future lies in the hands of our children and I want to make sure ALL of the students and staff are fairly treated. We must bring additional programs to assist the 619 students struggling with homelessness in our district, more services for the thousands of at-risk students that we have, encourage students to participate in more college readiness programs so when they go to college they finish and take care of our teachers so they can take care of our students.
Thank you for taking your time out to read about my standings. More information - www.aishaojha.org