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.
MeetingsTwice monthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Lillian Rauch (incumbent)schoolboard@nisdtx.org
Jennifer ZazulaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/votejenniferz/
Email: jnstephens79@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Lillian Rauch
Jennifer Zazula
I have been in education for over 10 years. I have 2 Masters Degrees in Education and am a Ph.D candidate finishing my dissertation to receive my Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree at the University of North Texas in May. I have been a teacher and am currently an Educational Diagnostician. I have been a writer on 3 published Educational articles and have presented at a National educational conference in Houston. I am the best candidate because not only am I a mother of an NISD student, but I am involved in the direct day in and day out educational day WITH students. I know first hand how the decisions that are made effect the students and teachers. This is a different classroom than ever before and it is important to have educators who are currently working in the field on our board.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Lillian Rauch
Jennifer Zazula
Creating an equal educational opportunity for all students
Growth of our school district
Ensuring we have educational programs that reach all learners
Enhance the online educational system during COVID
Ensuring that our students, teachers and community feel safe
Updating schools that need renovations
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?
Lillian Rauch
Jennifer Zazula
I work for a different school district and have the luxury of being able to compare NISD to other districts and while I believe that the board is doing the best they can, one of the biggest problems I see is that we have a board that consists of retired educators and members who have never been in education. It is crucial that our education boards have current educators to brain storm and to give their educational expertise so that the best decisions can be made. I do not know what the board has done to bring the expertise of our educators in the decision making process of this situation but I believe their voices are a very important tool in this unprecedented time.
4. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Lillian Rauch
Jennifer Zazula
Policies for both staff and students in regards to CDC alignment
Policies for what to do if someone gets ill
Preparation should the need arise to shut down school again
Its also important to start preparing for two different educational programs for all student, including those in special education and 504. Face to face and online instruction need to be strong
5. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHONOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Lillian Rauch
Jennifer Zazula
Students with disabilities need to IEP's that address both virtual and face to face instruction to ensure that their educational needs are provided.
Schools are more than just places of academic instruction. They provide food, shelter and even showers to some students. Schools should not assume that these situations change because our educational environment does. Creating situations in which we must meet the needs of diverse students is what I have been doing for over 10 years. Assessing the students and the needs of those students should be done and then money and investment should be made to provide those needs.
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Lillian Rauch
Jennifer Zazula
I have been in the field of special education for over a decade and what I have learned this far is that EVERY student is an individual. Assessing the needs of students and parents and determining how to meet those needs is my strength and what makes me so good at my job. That is a skill that is desperately needed on our board. Its easy as a board member who is not involved in the day to day processes of our classrooms to make decisions lumping students into a one size fits all situation but as we can all see, that does not work. I am ready to represent students and families as individuals in order to create a stronger district together.