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?

Ron Hastings (incumbent)Facebook: Ron Hastings Candide forNISD School Board Place 7
Email: boomerron248@gmail.com
Jennifer MurphyEmail: jenmurphy300@yahoo.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Ron Hastings
My background as an educator at both the campus and district level have provided me with skills and knowledge that allows me to understand the inner workings of a school district. I have served on long term District Planning Committees as both a community member and school employee. I have been involved in staffing formulas, curriculum development and budget creation. As a candidate for Place 7, I bring skills that no other candidate possesses, this will allow me to continue as a productive Board member. I believe that it is important to have someone in this position that can provide leadership with knowledge and skills.
Jennifer Murphy
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Ron Hastings
Student safety and security during the COVID 19 pandemic. The District must listen to scientific experts in order to make correct decisions in response to COVID 19 developments.
Others include response to fast growth and inadequate funding from the state.
Passage of the current School Bond election and the VATRE(Voter-Approved Tax Rate Election).
The Bond will allow us to stay up with the tremendous growth we continue to experience in this area. The last legislature passed a bill that was going to solve the funding of schools problems. However, our
funding was actually cut. We are still being required to send over 20 million dollars to the state. Passage of the VATRE will allow us to keep more tax funds without raising the current local tax rate. I will continue to push the legislature for real school funding solutions!
Jennifer Murphy
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?
Ron Hastings
I think we did what was best for all students as well as the staff, based on COVD 19 rates at the time and information provided to us from the County Health authorities. This did not set well with some individuals but because of starting with virtual before going to in person we have so far avoided having to return to virtual learning on any campus. I think we should have had the different County Health Authorities take part in our Superintendent's weekly Facebook Live presentations. Since the District is in three counties it is very difficult to get all three counties to agree on what our response should be but by having them accessible to our community for questions may have helped.
Jennifer Murphy
4. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Ron Hastings
The District must constantly audit and adjust our current safety procedures and equipmen tas needed to maintain a high level of safety and security. The District has remodeled the entrance to each campus that now requires a person to show an ID before entering and all must enter through a series of doors, prior to gaining access to where students are. We are building tornado shelters as we update every building. The District must continue to find ways to keep students safe not just from outside but from within. We must stop bullying both in person and on social media. I believe that sound Social Emotional Learning will help the District eliminate bullying. Finally we must keep our bus students safe by hiring and training the very best drivers. We must maintain and update our buses with the latest safety equipment.
Jennifer Murphy
5. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHONOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Ron Hastings
We work very hard on these issues. We study individual student progress in a wide variety of areas. We also make technology available to all students by providing chromebooks to students as well as hot spots to those that need internet access. As disparities are found we make adjustments in teaching to make sure we are giving everybody the best opportunity to succeed. We have reading and math specialist working with both individual and small groups when students are identified as being deficient in these areas.
Jennifer Murphy
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Ron Hastings
I look forward to continue serving the families and staff in the Northwest Independent School District.
Jennifer Murphy