Lewisville 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 salary
Meetings

PLACE 3

Who’s Running?

Angie Cox (incumbent)Email: cox4lisd@gmail.com

PLACE 4

Who’s Running?

Katherine Sells (incumbent)sells4lisd.org
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Sells4LISD/
Email: sellsk@lisd.net
Email: ksells4lisd@gmail.org
Jake CollierEmail: jakeforlisd@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Katherine Sells
The top priority for any trustee should always be student outcomes. This is what drives my decision-making as a Trustee when determining policy setting, making financial decisions and holding our superintendent accountable. It is then a priority to represent the community’s values and beliefs and to be accountable to our taxpayers, parents and stakeholders when making other decisions involving other top priorities of mine such as mental health, school safety and security, and options of future pathways for our students.
Jake Collier
2. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Katherine Sells
My preparation for this position began long before I was elected as Trustee, volunteering on multiple committees and organizations in a leadership role, serving the families, students, staff and taxpayers of LISD. I believe that with the issues facing our school district it is more important than ever to elect candidates that are familiar with the inner workings of Lewisville ISD, as I am. I believe that my education (BBA and MBA), community, finance and business (both public and private) experience has been vital in the implementation of efficient and effective programs and policies during my term on the Board. We have increased security, improved transparency, expanded opportunities for success for our students, increased district partnerships and increased lines of communication with our parents, staff and community. I have been invested in Lewisville ISD as a homeowner, taxpayer and parent for almost three decades now, and the stakes are simply too high for us all to not value education, relevant experience and proven dedication. LISD needs and deserves proven conservative leadership.
Jake Collier
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?
Katherine Sells
This issue affects School Boards differently than cities and counties. School finance has been determined as a student allotment and then has been financed through a combination of local tax revenues collected and state funding. As we have not been given specific direction on how this funding system would change, we can not adequately run forecast to determine the impact.
Jake Collier
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?
Katherine Sells
The adopted “Legislative Priorities” of Lewisville ISD include the following statements: “[We must] value students as more than a test score. Regarding the A-F School, Rating System, we advocate for an accountability system that is focused on multiple measures. Standardized tests do not serve as an adequate predictor of the overall value of an education provided to students. Multiple measures beyond standardized tests such as TELPAS and STAAR must be included in A-F ratings. For schools serving students in grades 3-8, the entire rating is based on standardized assessments.” I strongly concur with these statements.
Jake Collier
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?
Katherine Sells
LISD has taken an approach to discipline in the classroom with the implementation of a district wide restorative practices approach. Restorative practices focuses on proactive as well as reactive methods. A large portion of LISD staff and administrators have received training during professional learning in the summer of 2018 and implementation was begun this past school year. The remaining staff and administrators are going through training and implementation in a timely manner.
Jake Collier
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?
Katherine Sells
Student Safety is a top priority and Lewisville ISD continues to place an emphasis on ensuring a safe learning environment for all students. I expect a continuation of the safety measures already in place which include continual risk and intruder assessments, safety and security audits, AED/CPR teams, detection canines (drugs, alcohol and gunpowder), SROs (school resource officers), emergency plans, emergency drills, and access controls. I will strongly support all additional upgrades and enhancements that have yet to occur but were allocated for through the 2017 Bond funds which amounted to $28.8M. This past year, existing cameras were replaced and over a thousand new cameras were added as a year one project of the 2017 Bond. In making these projects a priority, year three projects were moved to year two projects and are being completed at this time. LISD also has safety plans, that includes procedures to be followed, which are continually reviewed and updated as deemed necessary after consultation with law enforcement and other security and safety partners. There are other topics that are up for annual review with local law enforcement agencies. A District/Superintendent Goal for 2019-20 will be a threat assessment team at each campus.
Jake Collier
7. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE ISSUE OF PRIVATIZING NUTRITION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT?
Katherine Sells
We already use an outside private Food Service provider in Lewisville ISD. Our provider Aramark strives to provide the best service and quality across our District. They provide a Wellness Pledge that includes the following: Provide a wide variety of nutritious foods, teach students to make healthy choices, create healthy and appealing eating environments and build healthy resources for the community. LISD was also happy to partner with Aramark this year to provide a food truck in an effort to provide new dining options for our students.
Jake Collier
8. HOW SHOULD THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT BE MANAGED WITHIN THE DISTRICT?
Katherine Sells
Jake Collier
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Katherine Sells
When it comes to all public funded education opportunities within our district we advocate for the following:
EDUCATIONAL EQUITY
Create consistent requirements
• Any educational entity receiving public funds must operate in the same
manner as traditional independent school districts, including:
○ Data collection system
○ Financial transparency

Jake Collier

PLACE 5

Who’s Running?

Jenny Proznik (incumbent)Email: proznikforlisd@gmail.com