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.
ISD contact informationContact Election Administrator
817-297-5800

Who’s Running?

Leonard ManteyEmail: manteyleonard@yahoo.com
Leticia GonzalesEmail: lgar.gonzales@gmail.com
Stacy BurrellEmail: burrellsm73@gmail.com
Mia Hall (incumbent)Email: mia.hall@crowley.k12.tx.us

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Leonard Mantey
Professionally, I am a City Planner and have a great track record of impacting positively in every city I have worked. I am a great proponent of innovation and perfection and have been nationally recognized as one of the top urban planners in the United States (Top Urban Planners 2018)
I believe that I am coming with a fresh perspective because I have no educational or teaching background, and will look at contributing to the board in a more strategic and diverse way.
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Leonard Mantey
We are at risk of losing focus on providing a high-quality education in the midst of our county’s funding challenges. We must as a community maintain a top-notch education system to attract new families, enhance property values, and enjoy all the positive outcomes of strong schools. Although addressing declining enrollment and inadequate revenue is critical to the health of our system, so is ensuring that we don’t erode the quality of learning. With employee defections, difficulty hiring experienced teachers, reductions to support staff, and inability to make sufficient improvements - particularly to special education, gifted and talented, and STEM programs.
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Leonard Mantey
Check for Unattended Safety Issues
The parents and the school authorities may not be aware most of the time, but there are times when children are abused, bullied, and discriminated in the school premises.
Small children often don’t share the incidents with anyone. It’s the responsibility of school authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure that no one misbehaves with the students.
Inspecting School Infrastructure
Another significant concern is the school infrastructure. Numerous students have faced fatal accidents because of weak foundation at the schools. We should hold on to start the development or maintenance of rooftops until they breakdown and create problems.
Inspecting School Routes
Most of the mishaps occur when students commute to schools. It is due to the negligence in safety of school routes.
A route safety audit can be conducted regularly by the local government and school management to mark out the obstacles and difficulties faced by the children.
Displaying Emergency Numbers
There should be emergency numbers evident on the school buses so that other travelers could see it in case any mishap occurs. The contact numbers include local police station, ambulance service, PTA authority, school principal, etc.
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
4. HOW SHOULD TECHNOLOGY AND VIRTUAL LEARNING BE UTILIZED POST-PANDEMIC? WHAT LESSONS DID WE LEARN FROM THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM?
Leonard Mantey
Even before the pandemic, broadband and mobile technology was expanding connectivity across the globe, hybrid and virtual classrooms were gaining steam in providing personalized learning to students, and project-based learning was proving to be an effective, engaging and increasingly popular pedagogy.
The pandemic, however, brought all these innovative, yet still considered by some to be “alternative” education methods to the forefront in ways that our team could have never predicted. It forced school systems to not only rethink their instruction but also figure out how to best use technology to facilitate instruction. Often, that meant moving completely away from replicating in-person, lecture-based models online.
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Leonard Mantey
The pandemic has shone a spotlight on inequality in America: School closures and social isolation have affected all students, but particularly those living in poverty. Adding to the damage to their learning, a mental health crisis is emerging as many students have lost access to services that were offered by schools.
Some of the ways to offset these impacts include:
Focus on relationships first. Fear and anxiety about the pandemic, coupled with uncertainty about the future, can be disruptive to a student’s ability to come to school ready to learn. Teachers can act as a powerful buffer against the adverse effects of trauma by helping to establish a safe and supportive environment for learning.
Strengthen diagnostic testing. Educators should prepare for a greater range of variability in student learning than they would expect in a typical school year. Low-stakes assessments such as exit tickets and quizzes can help teachers gauge how much extra support students will need, how much time should be spent reviewing last year’s material, and what new topics can be covered.
Since the inception of COVID-19, most schools have struggled with creating contingency plans to tackle future pandemics of which I believe Crowley ISD is no exception. Is the district prepared to keep functioning effectively during another pandemic or ice storm? – There is the need for long term planning and budgeting
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
6. THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEEN UNIQUE FOR TEACHERS AS WELL AS STUDENTS. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THIS HAD ON TEACHERS AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO ADDRESS THEM?
Leonard Mantey
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Leonard Mantey
I will work with the school administration and make sure an adopted budget serves the needs of all stakeholders.
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Leonard Mantey
Diversify school staff.
Create alternative disciplinary actions (when appropriate) that keep kids in the classroom.
Build a support team that includes community partners to ensure underserved students get support outside of the classroom.
Implement culturally-relevant teaching practices.
Be aware of stereotypes and implicit biases and work to address them.
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Leonard Mantey
Leticia Gonzales
Stacy Burrell
Mia Hall