Job descriptionSchool boards are the governing bodies of their school districts. Term is four 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.
District contact informationFaye Daniels
Executive Secretary to the Board
817-814-1921

Who’s Running?

Cade LovelaceWebsite: http://www.teamcade.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teamcadefw
Instagram: @teamcadefw
Roxanne MartinezEmail: info@roxanne4fwisd.com
Michael A. SheddWebsite: http://www.michaelashedd4fwisd.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Shedd-District-9-FWISD-109970311150736
Email: michael@michaelashedd4fwisd.com
Phone: 817-805-1845

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Cade Lovelace
The FWISD Board of Trustees need leadership from the top and trustees that are ready from day one. I have managed employees and budgets for over 15 years while running my law firm. In my community, I have led multiple associations that achieved successful results. I have also led task forces that asked hard questions of people in power. My community activity has included significant service to our school district and our schools.
I know how a successful school district can empower students, teachers and the community.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
I have spent my entire adult life serving either my country or my community. As a member of the school board, I will be charged with setting policies that will prepare our students for a career right out of high school, college or the military. My experiences in each of these fields will provide me with a unique insight into the needs of our students. As an instructor at Tarleton State University for nearly a decade, I know first-hand the struggles of teaching and connecting with students. I know the skills students will need to be successful in a college classroom or to directly enter the workforce. As a former member of the military, I know all too well what it will take for our students to be successful in uniform, and develop skills that will sustain them over their lifetime. Finally, as a law enforcement executive, I have unique insight into one of the few career paths available to high school graduates. My experiences and education, coupled with a lifetime of service to my community, have prepared me for this opportunity. Furthermore, I have a wealth of experience providing oversight over complicated programs, building and monitoring budgets funded with taxpayer dollars, holding people accountable and answering to the public.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Cade Lovelace
1. FWISD needs to address the COVID slide as the emergency that it is. I will ensure that FWISD's recovery plan is put into place and that each school receives the resources to be successful.
2. We need leadership from the FWISD Board that is centered on student achievement. The district’s leaders must openly share their decision-making processes. I will explore new ways to communicate, particularly at board meetings and from the schools. When decision-making processes are fully transparent, the community can understand the issues and the complexity of the decisions.
3. The zip code you live in should not affect the quality of your education. Trustees should make decisions centered around student achievement. Successfully educating black and brown children must be a priority for FWISD. Early learning centers need to be available in the areas with the most need. The Leadership Academy model should place more high-performing teachers at low-performing campuses.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
The majority of our students have lost a year academically due to the pandemic. We must look for creative ways to get them back on track. We should explore longer school days, more school days per year, and offer special instruction periods. Our school district was rated a “C” school district prior to the pandemic, and it will take significant focus on academics to maintain that rating. Although there are numerous other issues impacting the school district, there is none more important than improving our academic performance. When you look at other large municipal school districts you will see they are all rated higher than Fort Worth. That is unacceptable. I want to set high expectations for academic performance and hold the superintendent accountable for achieving those goals. Our students deserve to be ready for college, a career or the military when they graduate. They deserve to be able to read and do math at grade level. As it stands now, only 32% of our graduates are considered college ready in math and reading. That is a shame in a City such as ours. Furthermore, I will strive to adopt a budget that illustrates our duty to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. When an organization presents a billion dollar budget that is $42 million over budget from day one, eyebrows should raise. We have an obligation to look after taxpayer dollars and instill trust in those that elected us to do so. Finally, we have lost thousands of students to withdrawals or transfers during this pandemic. We must engage our community and convince each parent that the best future for their children rests within the Fort Worth Independent School District. If we don’t bring our children back to school, we risk layoffs, and shuttering of facilities.
3. WHAT SHOULD THE ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT BE IN FORT WORTH SCHOOLS? SHOULD FWISD CONTINUE, AMEND, OR END THE CONTRACT FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS WITH FWPD?
Cade Lovelace
Keeping our children safe in FWISD schools is paramount. School Resource Officers provide part of that protection. FWISD should ensure that the SROs who are on each campus have the proper training to be able to successfully work with our children.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
FWISD has a long history of collaboration with the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department. Our officers strive to provide a secure campus for our children to learn and grow. The contract between FWISD and FWPD is vital to the safety and security of everyone that visits our campuses.
4. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Cade Lovelace
The Board should use equitable practices to determine how resources are allocated going forward. FWISD will have data that shows which campuses need the resources the most, and the Board should allocate those resources accordingly.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
Fortunately, the taxpayers saw fit to approve a Tax Ratification Election last November that will add $66 million annually to our budget. A portion of that money will be used for technology and connectivity for our economically disadvantaged students. Moving forward, the Board should ensure we have policies in place to provide additional resources to those students that are not meeting our high academic expectations.
5. 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?
Cade Lovelace
This year was a unique year for education throughout the United States, and FWISD was no exception. No doubt FWISD’s data will show that learning in the classroom is the best location for most students. And as long as COVID is under control and TEA allows it, most students should be in the classroom. However, for some students virtual learning may be a great way for them to learn. FWISD should have the dexterity to allow virtual learning and should use this past year as an opportunity to expand its offerings including virtual learning. While it may not be work for everyone, a virtual learning program could be attractive to some students and could make FWISD attractive to some new students.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
Our students learn and engage better when they are on campus. Having face-to-face interactions with adults and peers on campus allows for improvements in social and emotional intelligence, as well as the development of their cognitive skills. As soon as safely possible, virtual instruction should end for the majority of students.
6. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON FWISD STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Cade Lovelace
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how students receive their education and how teachers deliver their instruction for the past year. Due to the instruction loss from the impact of the COVID virus, our students will show a significant loss of momentum. FWISD must address this COVID slide like the emergency that it is. FWISD needs a plan supported by the community and understood by the community to reclaim this loss. A plan supported by the community will instill confidence in the District and its decision makers. The District's plan needs to be successfully implemented in every school. As a Trustee, I will ensure that this plan is put into place and that each school receives the resources to be successful in implementing this plan. However if the district is not recovering from the educational loss , as Trustee I will leave no options off the table to successfully educate our kids and recover from the COVID slide.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
The pandemic has brought with it isolation, increases in attempted suicide, increases in drug overdoses, increases from complications with vaping, and increases in unreported child abuse. The first thing we should do is get everyone back on campus for face-to-face instruction as quickly and safely as possible. We should also work with partner agencies to offer counseling services, and training to mitigate the impact of the complications listed above.
7. THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEEN UNIQUE FOR TEACHERS AS WELL AS STUDENTS. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THIS HAD ON FWISD TEACHERS AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO ADDRESS THEM?
Cade Lovelace
This year has placed additional and new stress on teachers and administrators. FWISD should provide additional support in the form of emotion and social support for the teachers to accommodate for the new stressors from this highly unusual year.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
Rather than make assumptions about the impact the pandemic has had on teachers, I would rather conduct a survey to find out exactly what those impacts have been and address them accordingly. That being said, I know the pandemic has caused numerous skilled teachers to retire earlier than planned. For that reason, the Board should seek out ways to retain our most experienced teachers.
8. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Cade Lovelace
My largest budget priority is to place as many resources in the classroom as possible. FWISD must be centered around student achievement and therefore the budget should have that focus also. Further, as a property taxpayer and business owner, I understand how property taxes affect property owners and would work to balance the budget while still giving our children the best education. Finally, when determining competing budgetary interests, I would use an equity lens to provide resources to the under-served.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
My only budget priority is to adopt a balanced budget that includes a plan from the superintendent to get our students back on track academically. Academic achievement will be the highest budgetary priority.
9. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE IMPACTS OF THE FWISD REZONING PLAN? DO YOU SEE ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE?
Cade Lovelace
The rezoning allowed for a better pyramid scheme throughout FWISD. This will allow programs, including special programs in each pyramid and athletics, to be consistent from elementary school to high school. Also it allows students to keep lifelong friends throughout their public school education. All changes have unintended consequences, and any adjustments can be made once they are determined.
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd
The FWISD rezoning plan was implemented with input from the community, staff, and our parents. The new plan, seems to be a much more logical approach to creating our pyramids, and will go a long way to address one of my goals by helping to create a lifetime bond to our schools and to classmates. I know our students become delinquent when they lose one of three bonds: with their family, their church and their community. For a student, their schools are the bedrock of their community. By dissolving the disjointed pyramid structures, and creating a system that allows students to grow and learn alongside the same classmates, they are more likely to maintain that bond over their lifetime.
10. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Cade Lovelace
Roxanne Martinez
Michael A. Shedd