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 the Office of the Superintendent
817-251-5501
Shannon BraunEmail: sbbraun@verizon.net
Mindy McClure (incumbent)Website: MindyforGCISD.com
Facebook: Mindy McClure, GCISD Board of Trustees Place 1
Email: mcclurehome@verizon.net
Phone: 817-312-9863
Sergio HarrisWebsite: https://sergioforgcisd.weebly.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sergio.harris.336
Email: sergio.harris1@yahoo.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
I have a proven record of service in my community, and have been heavily involved for close to 25 years. My volunteer activities were primarily focused around our schools, and I served in a myriad of roles--from homeroom parent, Booster Clubs, and numerous PTA positions--most recently as past President of the Grapevine High School PTSA for the 2019-2020 school year. This involvement results in relationships and contacts that make me very accessible. I'm a people person and a problem solver, and my door is always open. Although I'm not an active member of the Texas Bar Association, I did graduate from the Texas Tech School of Law. I'm the only member of the Grapevine Colleyville ISD Board of Trustees with this educational experience. Since first being elected to the Board in 2015, I've taken advantage of school board and leadership training and as a result have formed a network consisting of other school board members that stretches state wide. This is invaluable in getting feedback from other districts about their best practices and how we might continue to improve in GCISD. My motivation continues to be my belief that I am responsible for representing and supporting the children, the families, and the employees of our district and it's surrounding community. I take this responsibility very seriously and have lived out this mission as a hand's on, servant leader.
Sergio Harris
I have a passion for education! I believe my experience not only as a parent of children in the district but also as an educator provide me a unique perspective that would prove profoundly useful to the GCISD staff and community. I began my career as a student teacher and then substitute in this district and am excited to serve in a larger capacity.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
I would imagine our top need is one shared by most of the world, and that is how to safely navigate a return to normalcy. We were able to return to in-person learning early on this Fall, and have been able to do so safely. Our students have the option of remote schooling, as well. Our rate of transmission traced to exposure at school is extraordinarily low. While some students thrive in a remote setting, most do not. I'd like to see more students return to the classrooms, and hopefully as the word spreads about our success in keeping students and teachers safe this number will increase. The health and safety of our students and employees is paramount. We are making adjustments as cases decline to such as allowing our parent volunteers back on campus and making the plexiglass shields optional. These adjustments aren't made in a vacuum, as we prioritize communication within our district and community. Another need in GCISD is funding. As a property-rich district, we send a substantial amount of our tax revenues to Austin each year. HB3 was a step in the right direction, but more improvement could be made to take public school funding off the backs of our taxpayers. We could also make some progress by limiting some of the out of control growth of charters in high performing districts. Advocacy, reaching out to our Representatives, encouraging participation in the legislative process in our communities are all ways to address the funding issues.
Sergio Harris
Good mental health is important for students and teachers if we hope to maximize the educational opportunities that the district offers. I intend to prioritize district protocols to identify and assist students and staff that may be struggling with mental health issues.
I believe it is important for students to see diversity reflected across the district at all levels. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate not only with the board on ways we can promote, celebrate, and educate on diversity but I am even more excited to collaborate with students and staff on their creative ideas. I feel their input is vital for success in any program undertaken by the district.
Other priorities I feel strongly about are continuing to navigate the era of COVID in a way that promotes optimum success for all students, school safety and continuing to grow strong leaders within the district at the staff and student level. This is in direct alignment with the mission, vision, and values of this district in educating and sending our students out into the world as global ambassadors.
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
Fortunately, school safety has been a long time priority in GCISD. Some years ago, we made the decision to hire a Director of Emergency Management and School Safety, and his leadership and expertise have been invaluable. We have very close relationships with the police departments in Grapevine, Colleyville and Euless, and you can often find these officers visiting campuses for lunch or other activities in addition to the presence of our school resource officers. We happen to have a parent who was recently reappointed to Governor Abbott's School Safety Center Board, and she has repeatedly stated that GCISD already implements the best practices she's been made aware of in her position. Even with all the best practices in the world, nothing substitutes for personal relationships, and those relationships are a number one priority in GCISD. I believe this emphasis on our students and employees mental and emotional health must continue.
Sergio Harris
I believe any school district should have a zero tolerance policy in regards to school safety. I must commend the GCISD district as recently construction was completed to increase safety in how visitors register before entering the campus and entry to the front office. In another step, I believe it is important our school resource officers and security guards continue to be visible on campus while cultivating positive interactions with the students in their charge. Students need to feel comfortable in the learning environment and that begins with safety and security.
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?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
Again, while some students thrive in the virtual realm, most benefit greatly from being in an actual classroom and being able to interact in real time, face to face with peers and their teachers. I think technology and virtual learning can be helpful in supplementing what goes on in the classroom, and of course if we are in situations like the pandemic, having the ability to pivot and receive virtual instruction is of the essence. We've learned the importance of connectivity, and our technology department provided hot spots for many homes that were lacking. Due to the foresight of voters in a bond election many years ago, our student's already had devices and knew how to operate those devices. We learned the importance of streamlining the platforms by which our students accessed their online learning, and made changes over the summer to make that happen--changes that will remain in place. Devices often need to be repaired or replaced, and our tech department made great advances in terms of ease of drop off and providing alternate devices while needed--changes that will remain in place. Our teachers did super-human work over the summer to enrich and overall improve their ability to provide engaging virtual instruction--and shared their best practices across campuses to impact the entire district. Additionally, GCISD is unique in that we already had a virtual campus--iUniversity Prep--that is nationally known for the caliber of their online instruction.
Sergio Harris
Technology and virtual learning have been invaluable assets during this time when students largely could not safely be on campus. That being said, it has been evident just how irreplaceable in classroom instruction is to optimal learning. Technology can enhance instruction however moving forward virtual learning should be utilized selectively. The pandemic has helped us understand just how valuable our teachers are and it's important they feel appreciated and are fairly compensated. I would like to emphasize how important regular deep cleanings and best health practices will be moving forward.
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
I believe the pandemic has been incredibly isolating and stressful for all of us, but particularly our students. I worry about the toll this has had on their mental and emotional well being. Returning to normalcy safely is key, and I'm so relieved to see that happening. Our 2021 Seniors get to have a prom this year, something my youngest son had to forgo last Spring. Even with the return to normalcy, we have to prioritize student's mental and emotional well being, and ensure that we are adequately funding these efforts. Parent education is also key, and our district continues to work with our local campuses to provide support as well as partner with our PTAs and PTSAs in their efforts. We must encourage and model open communication and seek to de-stigmatize mental illness.
Sergio Harris
The global community has been forced to adapt to an increasingly fluid learning environment over the past year which has contributed to an overall decline in mental health. As an educator, I have seen first hand the detrimental effects the pandemic has had on students in a myriad of ways. I intend to further prioritize the development of protocols to identify students and staff actively struggling or at risk, assist with resources and interventions and promote a safe space for sharing and seeking help. I look forward to partnering with school and public health officials to achieve this aim.
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?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
As the daughter of a now retired teacher, I've been absolutely amazed by their efforts during this pandemic. We actually had some of our dyslexia specialists who worked on non-contract days over the summer to ensure their students were able to get the services so deeply needed. Our teachers have been nothing short of super-human as they reinvented the way they would traditionally deliver their lessons in order to make them compelling and engaging to their students in the classroom as well as the students still learning from home. I think it is imperative to recognize their selflessness and sacrifice by voicing our appreciation, by both words and deeds. One way is to do everything we can to ensure a safe working environment. As of this date, in our district we are still requiring masks be worn, and plan to continue this until more in our community are vaccinated. We were able to provide for a one-time payment in December, in appreciation for all of their efforts that was very much appreciated. We are encouraging our teachers to really take some downtime this summer, because for many that didn't happen in the summer of 2020.
Sergio Harris
Teachers have struggled in a myriad of ways this school year. Teachers have been required to be increasingly flexible and innovative all while striving to provide students with an optimal educational experience in the face of barriers to access, concern for personal health and safety and a struggling student body. Thought was placed on extending flexibility and accommodations to students however in some regards I don't feel teachers were afforded the same luxury. PTA frequently engages in teacher appreciation activities however I feel moving forward it is important for this to be evident at the leadership level as well. It is also important to emphasize wellness, self-care and provide safe spaces for staff to reach out if they are struggling or in need of additional support.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
Because of careful budgeting and fiscal management, we are fortunate to have a healthy fund balance. However, projecting out, without additional funding from the State we will have to take a hard look at making some cuts. We've been extremely creative, and have a track record of providing more with less. In the years following massive state budget cuts in 2011, GCISD continued to improve programs and initiate changes to provide our students and families with a more personalized, engaging educational experience. My biggest budget priority is teacher salaries, and I have consistently supported our teachers during my time on the Board. Our largest budget category is our people, and that will always remain number one.
Sergio Harris
The GCISD district has done a phenomenal job in making good fiscal use of taxpayer's dollars and my goal would be to continue in this same vein. STEM continues to be an area of interest for more students and families and it would be worthwhile work within the current budget to increase access and recruit the best teachers within these fields.
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
Closing the educational gaps is a priority in GCISD. Earlier I mentioned our efforts to provide all of our students with devices several years ago, and that we provide hot spots to homes that lack internet connectivity. Over time, the district culture has developed in a very positive way, and campuses are working together like never before to share best practices in dialing in and meeting the needs of our disadvantaged students most effectively. We've provided funding for student advocates at many of our campuses, who seek out individual students to assess and meet needs and provide resources. Our most recent strategic plan, LEAD 2.0, specifically addresses the need to actively identify and remove barriers that limit access to and opportunity for learning, in its very first goal. This strategic plan isn't just placed on a shelf, every one of our decisions as a board relates back to our strategic plan and it is the foundation of our Superintendent's and Board goals.
Sergio Harris
GCISD was a one to one district prior to the onset of the pandemic which certainly assisted with the transition to virtual learning. Hotspots were set-up at campuses to allow those without home access a place to easily connect and complete their school work. Moving forward, it would be useful to determine which students continue to struggle with access and develop partnerships with local Internet providers to bridge these gaps.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Shannon Braun
Mindy McClure
Sergio Harris
Thank you for your time and consideration.