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?

Donna K Webb (incumbent)Email: donna.webb1124@gmail.com
Scott HinesEmail: schines2@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Donna K Webb
I have been on the school board since 2008. During this challenging time, the school district needs a school board member with experience. Eagle Mountain-Saginaw is a fast-growth school district which presents unique challenges, such as when a new school is necessary to prevent overcrowding and to put that school that will best serve the community. I work well with the other 6 board members and being a lawyer I bring a unique perspective to our deliberations. My children, now grown and graduates of Eagle Mountain-Saginaw attended schools in both the east and west sides of the school district. I think this gives me a unique knowledge of the demographics on both sides of the school district.
Scott Hines
I am an outsider. I have no relationship with any teacher's union or any other agency or company to maintain. I have no agenda to push. I simply want to represent the taxpayer and be a responsible steward of their money as we expand the school district.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Donna K Webb
I would like to see our APA program grow and become more successful. I would also like to see the HCTC, with its many successes for students that want to learn a trade, expand. I do not want to support any tax rate increase and have been successful at keeping the tax rate stable with the members of the board since 2008. I want our school buildings to be as safe and secure as they can be so I am a member of the security committee.
Scott Hines
My top priorities are to ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely and that traditional values will be maintained in school curriculums.
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?
Donna K Webb
This was such a hard decision. Though, local school districts should have local control, we did not have any control until the State advised the counties that they could not require or prevent the school districts from opening in person. Our district had planned to do a hybrid because the parents wanted their children back in school. However, the county order no in person learning so we had to change our course. Then the State opined that the county could not make such an order. Again, we went back to our original hybrid plan. Because of these changes, I feel we lost the confidence of the public and they perceived we could not make up our minds. We then determine to delay in person for a short period because the numbers were high and we needed time to assure our staff and the public that we were ready to start the hybrid model.
Scott Hines
This is simple. Parents want their children in school. Children need to be in school. Schools need to be open. Of course there is a small risk, but there are risks associated with everything in life. In this case, the reward is greater than the risk, and I have no problem with my young grandchildren attending school in person.
4. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Donna K Webb
We are pursuing every reasonable effort to keep our students safe. This includes a safety committee which includes police supervisors from both the Fort Worth and Saginaw police departments to help us formulate safety and security plans.
Scott Hines
I have not yet reviewed the current policies regarding school safety, so I cannot comment on what more should be done.
5. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHONOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Donna K Webb
I believe our district is pro-active in addressing disadvantaged students. The district is actively employing teachers and administrative employees of color. I feel that the population of our teachers and administrators should reflect the population of our students. We have a population of children that are living in a hotel on a weekly basis. The teacher and administrators are aware of this population and ensure that these children are receiving food support and emotional support. Any student, whether disadvantaged or not, is able to have technology in their residence with school issued computers and hot spots.
Scott Hines
It seems to me that the ISD is already making great efforts in this area.
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Donna K Webb
Scott Hines
Feel free to email me with any particular questions.