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.

Who’s Running?

W E “Bill” SeyboldFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/WE-Bill-Seybold-for-School-Board
Email: weseybold@reagan.com
Tracy GallmanWebsite: https://electtracygallmancisd.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pol.advTracyGallman/
Email: electtracygallman@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
W E “Bill” Seybold
I have devoted my career to Servant Leadership. I ask for your vote!”
• Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Texas Tech, served in student ministry
• 32 years’ service in Texas Public Schools as Accountant and Bus. Mgr.
• 15 years’ service as School Board Trustee Castleberry ISD
• 5+ years’ volunteer Meals on Wheels, delivering in Northside and River Oaks
• 12-years’ service as member, officer, and current Treasurer for River Oaks Lions Club
• Both sons Castleberry HS graduates, excelling in theatre and band
• Active member Trinity Baptist Church served as Finance Secretary.
• Celebrating 40 years of marriage to Rene’ Seybold this year
• Life-long learning, in Texas & American history and study of Texas education
• Member of River Oaks Historical and North Fort Worth Historical Societies
Tracy Gallman
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
W E “Bill” Seybold
As Board Member, my Strategic Goals for Castleberry ISD
• Utilize growth in local property wealth for our students’ education
• Support life-long learning for students both in skills and applications
• Emphasize career readiness for trades, military service, and college
• With our community, work to update our high school facility
Tracy Gallman
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT HOW TO OPEN SCHOOLS VERY DIFFICULT. HOW DO YOU ASSESS THE BOARD'S RESPONSE THUS FAR, AND HOW MIGHT YOU DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY?
W E “Bill” Seybold
Castleberry ISD is uniquely prepared for this pandemic in several ways:
1 We developed and installed almost 100% internal internet/wi-fi towers for our student homes
2 We have completely audited and updated our curriculum to be able to adapt instruction whether on-line or in person.
3 We were able to provide thousands of meals to students across our district
4 Our Parent University programs have increased parent involvement and capability to be more involved their students' education.
5 Our dedication to leading technology techniques give us flexibility to carry out needed instruction
6 We have managed our finances very well over the years, allowing for retaining staff during these times
Our board has, in a unified way, supported all of these measures, for many years, so we are as prepared as anyone could be. My life as a school accountant has allowed me to see how diligently our District has performed. I feel I have made a good difference for our kids' education along with the other board members.
Tracy Gallman
4. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
W E “Bill” Seybold
Our school district has undertaken many concrete steps for students' safety over my years on the board, several of which I appealed for.
1 I consistently supported increased resource officer, from 1 originally to 3 currently.
2 Supported inclusion of updated entrance facilities at each campus, both in new school construction and in our renovated middle school as well as controlled entrance at our high school
3 Entrance to our stadium has staff checking attendees
4 Our staff has designed and distributed a detailed attendance protocol for students', staff, and parents
5 Our athletic and fine arts programs have adjusted for testing and social distance requirements.
6 We have conducted safety drills for active shooter situations and coordinated with local police for communication of situations
I believe we as a board have kept the safety of our students primary in our responsibilities. Every board member has had their own children educated in our schools, me included. Which is why I have attended so many student events, whether home in our District or many miles away.
Tracy Gallman
5. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHONOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
W E “Bill” Seybold
I have handled many local, state, and federal grants as a school district accountant over a 32-year span. Many of these grants began as somewhat restricted to certain groups, and over the years I have seen classrooms and teaching staff expand meeting identified student populations. Certain student populations change over time, our District went from mostly families here to work in the nearby aircraft industry to mostly families of Hispanic culture. We have supported education curriculum that educates kids from where they are language wise. We have sought out bi-lingual Spanish-English teaching staff and administrators. We have a larger population of free and reduced lunch students than Hispanic students. We have a small district, so we can follow virtually every student, and champion the extra-curricular and elective choices. Every student can and is encouraged to participate in any program, including students of color.
Tracy Gallman
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
W E “Bill” Seybold
Additional school board service accomplishments:
• Inclusion of Irma Marsh MS auditorium in 2010 bond proposal
• With community, District built elementary schools in depressed economy
• W.O. Barnes Stadium rebuilt, and Field Turf added, without a bond issue
• Irma Marsh Middle School is being renovated without a bond issue
• Served at State School Board Legislative Committee.
• Consistent attendance at board meetings, board training .
This is a time when our culture seems to have tossed aside the simple support for our students’ desire to learn. I grew up with teachers who challenged and believed in me, even if I asked too many questions. We have good teachers and support staff at Castleberry ISD, and I have supported them, to pay them well even when we had been a low proper value school district. All these 30 years in the Castleberry school district as employee, parent, and honored to be a 15-year school board member I have dedicated my time and energy for the good education of our kids. I am proud to have been involved in crafting our strategic plans and our Mission Statement, including our students becoming lifelong learners. Thank you for voting.
Tracy Gallman