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
robynwhitney@hebisd.edu

Who’s Running?

Brody MulliganWebsite: http://www.brodyforheb.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/brodyforheb
Twitter: @brodymulligan
Email: info@brodyforheb.com
Phone: 214-546-1820
Rochelle Ross (incumbent)Website: https://rochelleforhebisd.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RochelleForHEBISD
Email: rochellerossforhebisd@gmail.com
Phone: 214-697-9683

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Brody Mulligan
I've attended, and taught in HEB ISD as a music educator, and have three family members currently attending HEB ISD. I have experience leading nonprofit organizations as an executive director, and chairman of the board of representatives, and understand the complex needs of our school district, teachers, students, and parents. I believe that my unique qualifications and skillset provide me with the best toolset and skillset to improve the quality of education and the quality of life for our district, with responsible use of taxpayer funding.
Rochelle Ross
I am the incumbent & seeking re-election for another 4 year term. I love kids and I love teachers. In these times especially, HEB ISD needs a Trustee who is qualified and knowledgeable about school district business. I graduated from HEB ISD Board Ambassador program & HEB ISD Board Leadership program preparing me to run for my first term and understanding HEB ISD. I graduated from Leadership TASB in 2020 & am a Master Trustee in the State of Texas where only 36 are chosen each year.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Brody Mulligan
Our district faces a large growing population, and a distinct need to provide education to a growing diverse population. Ensuring that the growing and diverse population of our district is able to obtain a high-quality education as well as ensuring that our district maintains its credit rating and keeps on track with our bond repayment obligations, as well as the continuing need for the support of working families and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
Rochelle Ross
Mental health is first for me. I have advocated to get pro-active help on our campuses for students & teachers.
Facilities & addressing aging campuses is second. We have many buildings that need attention. We did an excellent job with the $199 million bond passed 4 years ago & I am confident we can address our other facilities in the same, responsible manner.
Third is now assessing how we catch students up academically.
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Brody Mulligan
Increasing school building renovations, RFID tagging for restricted access to facilities for safety from gun violence and other violence, and increased presence of drug and alcohol safety policy programs.
Rochelle Ross
We believe our schools are safe. We have staff trained and facilities that are safe.
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?
Brody Mulligan
We can continue to offer a broad suite of technological advancement in the classroom - but also for our parents in connecting with teachers and paraprofessionals. I support safely returning to learn, and reducing reliance on distance learning education. We've learned that there is no substitute for quality teaching and quality face-to-face interactions.
Rochelle Ross
I am all for technology however I want to see the computers being used less inside the actual classroom. Keeping them for Canvas and turning in assignments but I want to see kids off the screen for instruction. I am not in favor of continued online learning. We need all kids back in the school building and face to face with teachers.
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Brody Mulligan
Financially, studets and their familes have been hard hit by the economic effects of Covid-19, and continue to struggle - this effect will be present in our budget. In real terms, overall tax revenue and a secure funding formula will have been jeopardized by covid-19. While there is funding being appropriated from the American Rescue plan, and State resources, the anticipation of a decrease in overall revenue, and increase in expenses will require careful evaluation of tax rates, and programs and services. I believe in providing job security, and thoughtful fiscal management.
For students, I believe in increasing access to mental health resources, and staff, and emotional support services, as well as increasing social experience opportunities, to help make up for lost experience and time.
Rochelle Ross
Students are behind. No secret. Baseline testing, summer school, teacher input and a solid plan is needed to get the kids back for Fall 2021. HEB ISD is currently working very hard to get that plan in place.
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?
Brody Mulligan
Teachers are dealing with an increased amount of expectations from society that is not entirely realistic. In terms of morale, and ability to connect with students, for first-year teachers, additional support is needed to help them in a realistic transition to in-person learning, just as our veteran educators. Burnout among teachers who seek to retire early due to psychological strain and real carer strain is an issue that will need to be addressed by providing additional paraprofessional support, and increased employee wellness initiatives. Most of all - teachers need to know that there is security in their jobs, and wages, and provide a student body with safe assurances for the classroom environment.
Rochelle Ross
Teachers! I love teachers and try to advocate for their needs right alongside students. We need the same plan for teachers on mental health and support as we do for students. We need to get all kids back in their classrooms, face to face instruction and we need to be their biggest cheerleaders.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Brody Mulligan
I believe in being upfront and honest about the diverse changing needs of our general ledger. This means being clear about how I plan to pay for things, and what I want to pay for. Maintaining our credit rating and budget solvency (staying afloat) is a key objective - I want to expand programs, but not at a cost that is unsustainable. I will not commit to ruling out a small marginal tax increase - we may need to consider a bond, or funding measure to increase general revenue operations in order to prevent job cuts. Protecting our fine arts and athletics funding is extremely important to me. I believe that there are few areas to reduce expenditures that do not affect families and students in a negative way, and I believe in securing funding for ventures such as expanding school nutrition programs, expanding pre-k and staffing for early education, and allocating funding to invest in higher wages for all.
Rochelle Ross
HEB ISD has always been a financially healthy district. For many straight years we have been ranked #1 by CRG in the State of Texas. This crisis has pinched our budget but our Business Operations Department has done an outstanding job of finding the money.
Our #1 priority for many years is top teacher pay. Again HEB ISD is #1 highest paid starting salary for new teachers in the north Texas area. That will remain a priority.
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Brody Mulligan
Providing an equitable and balanced funding formula to invest in our schools with the largest amount of low socioeconomic outcomes is a start of balancing the needs of the resources of our district. In looking at disparities to access of technology, working with innovative partners to implement immediate and long term solutions for access to the internet, by distributing Chromebooks, and technologic literacy.
Rochelle Ross
HEB ISD is a very diverse district. I believe we do a great job of helping all kids have their needs met. During the March 2020 shutdown and through the summer the staff worked tirelessly to get iPads, Chromebooks, paper packet, food, anything our families needed on our buses and out into the community. We have many programs that serve our underserved population.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Brody Mulligan
I'm running for school board to bring my experience in the classroom to the boardroom, and represent all of Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and every student attending our schools to provide an education fit for the future. As a progressive I believe in bold innovation and looking forward to the challenges our students and staff will face in the future.
Rochelle Ross
I ask for your support and your vote. I am the most qualified candidate for Place 4. Please call or email with any questions you may have. Thank you!