Job descriptionThe Board of Trustees is the governing body of Tarrant County College District. Term is six years.
DutiesSets district goals and priorities
Adopts and reviews district policies
Provides final approval for District policies, budget, faculty and staff appointments, construction, and other District operations
Approves levying of taxes within the District, for construction of physical facilities and for District operations
Annual salary
MeetingsMonthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.
TCCD contact informationContact Filing Officer
reginald.gates@tccd.edu

Who’s Running?

Stephen ChackoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stephen-Chacko-for-TCC-Board-of-Trustees-District-3-111457457657432
Email: vcscapitalfund@gmail.com or spccapitalllc@gmail.com
Jeannie DeakyneWebsite: https://www.jdfortcc.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JDforTCC
Email: jpdeakyne@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
As the daughter of two life-long educators, and a native of Arlington, my roots are planted firmly in our Tarrant County educational community. My professional and volunteer experiences have impacted all levels of education – from local, district, and state level support to our PreK12 learners, to teaching college students and providing career development opportunities for faculty and staff at UT Arlington, to creating partnerships between DFW-area business and world-class business faculty at TCU.
With over a decade of experience in the oversight of the Arlington ISD’s 2009, 2014, and 2019 bonds, I have the know-how needed to ensure that Tarrant County’s tax dollars will equip facilities, create workforce solutions, and deliver innovative programs accessible by all learners throughout the Tarrant County College District.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
First, the most immediate tasks for the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees is oversight of the $825 million bond passed by Tarrant County voters in 2019. Effective management of this bond program will provide innovative learning environments on each campus while honoring the fiduciary promise to taxpayers.
Second, the relationship between Tarrant County College and North Texas public school districts is more important now than ever before. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s strategic plan, 60x30TX, calls for at least 60 percent of Texans aged 25 to 34 to hold a college certificate or degree by the year 2030 to ensure individual and state economic prosperity. But reaching this goal is a challenge: in 2013, only 38 percent of 25-to-34 year-olds had a postsecondary credential. TCC is our community’s tool to bridge that gap, both in growing a culture of college attendance in our schools, and in providing a pathway to certification. We need to sustain programs in partnership with our ISDs like dual-credit and early college high schools. Initiatives that provide high school juniors and seniors step-by-step guidance on admissions, advising, and financial aid, and programs that provide high school students academic support and college preparation are the keys to creating pathways to access and success in higher education.
Third, TCC will play a significant role in driving economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. When the North Texas labor market fully reopens, some high-demand jobs may be hard to fill even with millions of Americans looking for work, due to a decline in community college enrollments nationwide. TCC's ability to provide training and certifications for skilled trades will be crucial to reviving our North Texas economy .
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
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?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
In mid-March, Tarrant County College announced it will have $35 million to distribute to students that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. This funding will be a helpful first step in offsetting the impacts of pandemic on current students.
In the coming weeks, TCC will award students a $1,000 grant, if they have the need, as determined through their FAFSA application. The college expects to give money to about 35,000 students. The funds come from the second COVID-19 relief bill signed on Dec. 27. In total, TCC will receive $49.7 million from the relief package.
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?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Stephen Chacko
Jeannie Deakyne
With more than 10 years of volunteer service to the Arlington Independent School District, I have served as co-chair of the AISD 2019 Capital Needs Steering Committee, chair of the AISD 2009 Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, and multiple terms on the district’s Financial Futures Committee. I was named the Inaugural recipient of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance Rising Star Award, and received Texas PTA’s Honorary Life Membership Award and the Junior League of Arlington’s President’s Award.
My additional current and past board and community service includes: Governance Committee for the Association of Junior Leagues International, National Vice Chair of Junior Membership (Classroom Grants) for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Vice President of Leadership for the Texas Parent Teacher Association, President of the Arlington Council of PTAs, President of the C.C. Duff Elementary PTA, President of the Junior League of Arlington, Regent of the Quanah Parker Chapter of DAR, City of Arlington Zoning Board of Adjustment, board member of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, board member of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Veterans Business Council, and member of the Women’s Alliance Advisory Council.