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?

Casey FordCell: 817-235-8186
Doug Noell (incumbent)Website: dougforgcisd.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dougforgcisd/
Email: doug_noell@yahoo.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Casey Ford
Doug Noell
I have a strong financial background as well as extensive experience volunteering and observing in our classrooms from grade school through high school. I've established strong and productive working relationships with students, teachers, campus administrators and central administrators to ensure that each of our students' needs are identified and met and I have extensive knowledge of many facets of public education including the regulatory framework of both finance and educational criteria for different student groups.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Casey Ford
Doug Noell
In the short term, we need to be sure our students, staff and community are adequately protected from COVID while still providing the top notch education our community expects.
Longer term, we need to continue improving every district program to enhance student opportunity and success. Additionally, although GCISD has been recognized as a Dallas Morning News Top 100 Place to Work and I have already approved 5 teacher pay increases in just over 3 years, teacher salaries still need to improve despite the state-imposed budget constraints on our district. Current safety and security measures, which already exceed the recommendations of both the Texas School Safety Center and the Governor’s safety committee, will need constant attention to identify further enhancements to protect our students and staff.
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?
Casey Ford
Doug Noell
This past Spring and Summer, Texas school districts have had contradicting and inconsistent rules put in place by the Governor, the Texas Education Agency, the Attorney General and Tarrant County officials as each entity has tried to figure out the best response to COVID. This is not a complaint about them as it has been a rapidly evolving situation without clear answers, but it has been very frustrating to the public and has fostered confusion. Now that the latest guidance is to put the response in the hands of local school boards, I intend to use public health data and guidelines established by experts to determine how best to protect our students, staff and community while maintaining a quality educational product accessible by all students.
4. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Casey Ford
Doug Noell
Current safety and security measures, which already exceed the recommendations of both the Texas School Safety Center and the Governor’s safety committee, will need constant attention to identify further enhancements to protect our students and staff.
5. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHONOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Casey Ford
Doug Noell
We will continue to actively search for disparities and address them immediately when identified to be sure that all students have the opportunity to meet the same high standards.
We have ensured that all students have technology devices and that they have wireless hotspots, if needed, so they have the ability to work from home.
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Casey Ford
Doug Noell
I entered my board service with extensive volunteering experience and a strong understanding of school finance and regulations. I quickly learned that I actually had a lot more to learn about what is involved in operating a Texas public school. Over my 3 years as a Trustee I have worked hard to learn more and delve into many different areas to better understand how they work and ensure that those entrusted with roles from finance to special education to extracurricular activities have the knowledge and tools they need to serve our students. Further, I continue to be on campuses frequently to build productive working relationships with staff and students and see first hand how decisions in the boardroom impact the classroom.