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

Who’s Running?

Becky St John (incumbent)Website: http://www.beckyforplace2gcisd.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeckyStJohnForPlace2GrapevineColleyvilleIsd
Email: beckyforPlace2GCISD@gmail.com
Stetson ClarkEmail: stetson.clark@outlook.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Becky St John
I have an extensive record of work and civic experience, and have held numerous campus, district, community, and organizational positions. My work history includes former Park Ranger at Grapevine Lake and experience as a PreK Assistant Teacher, and I am currently an assistant public housing coordinator with the Grapevine Housing Authority. This allows me to bring a unique skillset of public safety experience, classroom involvement, and civic responsibility to the position of GCISD school board trustee.
Within GCISD, I have served on the Budget & Finance Committee, the District Excellence Committee, the Safety & Security Committee, Legislative Committee, Community PTA member, GCFFA sponsor, elementary Room Mom, middle and high school sports, band, and academic booster club volunteer, and SAGE member.
As a trustee, I earned my Master Trustee certification in 2016, and represent Region 11 on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Board, where I have served on the Budget & Finance Committee and Legislative Committee.
My community involvement includes former Roanoke City Council and mayor pro tem, Roanoke 4B Economic Development Board, Grapevine Planning and Zoning Commission, Keep Grapevine Beautiful, GRACE Board of Directors, Grapevine Chamber, Grapevine Women’s Division, and current GCISD liaison to Grapevine Parks and Recreation board.
Being a trustee requires extensive training, thorough meeting preparation, and strong commitment . I believe my demonstrated record of experience makes me the best qualified candidate for Place 2.
Stetson Clark
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Becky St John
Short term, addressing any unfinished learning from the 2020-2021 school year that students may be experiencing. While some kids thrived with the addition of remote learning and increased digital technology, not every student had the opportunity to complete a year's worth of growth in this pandemic year. Encouraging and facilitating collaboration across grade levels as well as providing "bridge course" options will be important to completing that learning.
Social and emotional needs are also at the forefront, as kids have experience a macro-evolutionary shift in their socialization. Whereas in a "normal" school year a student would be on a campus, directly interacting with peers and adults for the majority of the day, this past school year was a very different experience. Switching back to a more traditional model will take understanding of students specific needs as they navigate their campuses and re-develop relationships.
Long term, increasing teacher pay and providing property tax relief continue to be basic priorities. Creative scheduling utilizing some of the lessons learned from virtual learning will help the district maximize campus staff and drive savings back into the classroom. There is some legislation in this session regarding property appraisal protest that looks promising to offer some taxpayer relief.
Stetson Clark
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Becky St John
GCISD has a strong community-based relationship with our local public safety departments--police, fire, and emergency management--that work in cooperation with the district's Director of Emergency Management, Operations and Facilities, Health Services director, and Director of Counseling. As we have seen this year in response to covid, school safety can take many forms beyond the traditional school resource officer. Having a safe, healthy learning environment for both students and staff is essential.
Internet safety is a top priority, including ensuring that both students and staff are well-versed in cybersecurity risks. The district frequently makes programs available to parents so they are also familiar with digital best practices and safety measures, as well as providing annual training for staff to avoid security breaches, identify theft, and introduction of viruses.
Communication with parents and the community is also vital, so that in an emergency situation, whether threats of violence, weather, fire, or other event, necessary information is available and people know how to respond. The district utilizes the ILoveYouGuys Foundation programs and standard response protocols. This non-prescriptive, clear, easy-to-understand school safety program is a key component of the district's school safety program.
Stetson Clark
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?
Becky St John
I think we will see a continued use of technology and virtual learning but with increased specificity and intentionality. Many students responded enthusiastically to the ability to interact with a teacher for a lesson, then pursue further study and learning on their own with the teacher available for assistance. Some of the content delivery and learning platforms used will also remain; I trust teachers to know what worked best for their teaching style and subject matter content and to choose to keep the things that worked.
One big lesson we did learn is, nothing beats having the teacher and the students together in the classroom. While other modalities do work well for some students(and staff), for the vast majority of students, being in the room together is essential for maximized academic success. We learned/were reminded that teachers matter. Also, when using virtual learning, it is paramount that professional development in non-traditional areas such as video content deliver, lighting, sound, etc. be available to teachers. And we should definitely tap into those teachers who excelled at delivering virtual content to help train their peers. Frequently they were the most enthusiastic adopters, and will make the best instructors.
Stetson Clark
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Becky St John
See answer to Item 2; again the impacts seen are primarily to unfinished learning and social/emotion needs. Some families have experienced trauma at the loss of loved ones, and again care will need to be taken to ensure that students have access to social and emotional support.
Stetson Clark
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?
Becky St John
GCISD has been a Top 100 Place to Work 3 years in a row. Part of this culture stems from empowering teachers and campuses to have as much autonomy as possible. The 2020-2021 school year certainly interrupted some of that freedom, and I look forward to teachers having that flexibility back in the classroom. In addition, I think it is very important to simply acknowledge that our teaching staff has had a year like no other. Already the district took steps to implement a 2021-2022 school calendar that provides breaks that give not only students but teachers an opportunity to recharge or extra planning time. In many conversations with teachers, the ability to have time to themselves or with their teams(grade level or subject matter) is something they crave most. Utilizing our pool of highly-qualified subs, the district could make those collaborative opportunities more available to teachers.
Stetson Clark
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Becky St John
As noted above, increasing teacher/staff pay and relieving the tax burden from property owners.
The district recently commissioned a salary study that identified specific areas of improvement. Utilizing data will help the district make the best decisions for areas/subjects to target for salary increases. It is important to stay competitive while also maintaining a conservative budget. Where appropriate, the Education Foundation, PTAs, and booster clubs can also have significant impact on classroom and extracurricular activity experiences.
While 2019's HB3 provided some tax relief, It is essential that the district maintain open lines of communication with legislators so that when state-level budget and funding decisions are made that impact the local level, GCISD has a strong voice.
Stetson Clark
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Becky St John
Honestly, we should ask them. GCISD's Strategic Plan LEAD 2.0 contains 4 goals. The first goal is identifying and removing barriers that limit access and opportunity to learning. Without directly surveying and asking those most impacted or at risk for hitting those barriers, we could possibly be making only educated guesses as to the needs of disadvantaged students. A popular podcast highlights the tendency to make assumptions on what is needed or special programs that might be wanted, without ever asking the students or families involved for their input. This is another component of the strategic plan, create a culture that fosters learning environments that reflect student voice. Recognizing that students have valued input into their own learning makes the district more efficient and empowers the students.
Stetson Clark
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Becky St John
I appreciate the opportunity to get my platform and vision for GCISD out to as many people as possible. I encourage all GCISD constituents to contact me via my website, Facebook page, and email. I look forward to visiting with voters at our local election locations beginning with early voting on April 19th, at the Grapevine REC, Colleyville City Hall, and Euless Family Life Senior Center.
Stetson Clark