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?

Note: There are four candidates to fill two available positions.

Graig FancherEmail: gfancher@bwwlaw.com
Greg L MillerTwitter: https://twitter.com/gregmiller33225
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson (incumbent)

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Graig Fancher
My wife, my parents, and my wife's parents have all been teachers in small towns. I have seen my parents struggle under school boards that had their own self-interests in mind and not the interests of the teachers and students in the district. I have seen the joy my wife has had working for administrators that are given the freedom to support and nurture the teachers under them. From these personal experiences, I know what a supportive school board looks like and what a supportive school board can do for the teachers and students in the district. In addition, I am a shareholder at downtown Fort Worth law firm. As an attorney, I have helped guide and fight for those that are facing the challenges of a growing community, infrastructure needs, and security needs. I truly want to help this district as it faces these same challenges, and I believe that I have the knowledge and experience to do so.
Greg L Miller
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Graig Fancher
My top priority is to support our teachers with increased compensation. Godley is at the bottom of teacher compensation in the surrounding area. While Godley's administrators do an amazing job of hiring wonderful teachers each year, Godley can't keep them, in part, because Godley is not competitive from a salary perspective. Just as an experienced employee who has been on the job for five years generally performs better than someone who just started, teachers that have been in the district for several years generally perform better. I want to fight to keep our teachers and that starts with compensation.
Second, I want to ensure that your tax dollars are being wisely spent. There is significant growth in Godley, and there is a need for new facilities now and in the future. I will fight to make sure those facilities are sensible, functional, and take in to account the safety of our students. I pay taxes in this district too, and I personally don't want that money to be wasted. The board needs to be a good steward of this money.
Greg L Miller
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson
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?
Graig Fancher
I think the board is doing the best they can. There is no rule book in this situation, and I know everyone on the board currently is genuinely trying their best with the information they have. They should be commended for that. My only criticism is that there should have been more training and preparation for online learning prior to school starting. The teachers have been learning on the fly, and the students have been frustrated. Things have gotten better, but there did not appear to be a strong plan in the beginning.
Greg L Miller
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson
4. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Graig Fancher
The first policy is ensuring that our facilities provide the necessary safety in today's dangerous world. At the same time, we don't want the students in a prison-like facility. It is a delicate balance, but function should prevail over "how it looks" in the issue of safety.
The second policy is to ensure there is a firm and consistent discipline policy across the district. Bullying should not be tolerated. A child should feel safe and secure walking the halls, not dreading going to school because someone is hurting them and they feel like they have nowhere to turn. I have seen firsthand how our teachers and principals can help students in these circumstances, and I want to ensure this is consistent at each campus.
Greg L Miller
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson
5. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHONOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Graig Fancher
Godley is a Title 1 district with large disparities in income. Every student that enrolls at Godley should have the same opportunities and access. I admit that this is not an easy task. Currently, I believe Godley has done a great job with providing computers and internet access to those that have needs. Access to technology is so important in today's society. The Board should also focus on providing distance learning and dual credit courses to those that may not be able to afford it. This will provide these students with a leg up if they want to go to college. For those that don't choose college, having a strong vocational program can boost our community with trained, eager workers as soon as they leave school.
Greg L Miller
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Graig Fancher
I believe the current Board has done a great job. I chose to run because there was an open seat, not because I believe there is something fundamentally wrong with the Board or that someone needs to be removed. The men running in this election are all good men, and I don't believe Godley can make a bad decision this election. I believe I can help, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to help guide this growing district for the next three years.
Greg L Miller
Jeff Pate
Craig Stevenson