Board of Trustees Place 7

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.
MeetingsTwice monthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.
ISD contact informationFinancial Services Dept
elections@southlakecarroll.edu
817-949-8272
Recent news articles"From Friday night lights to school board fights: Carroll ISD trustee candidates differ on how to cool racial emotions," Fort Worth Report (Oct 16, 2021) https://fortworthreport.org/2021/10/16/from-friday-night-lights-to-school-board-fights-carroll-isd-trustee-candidates-differ-on-how-to-cool-racial-emotions/

“Carroll ISD’s Place 7 candidates share priorities ahead of November special election,” Community Impact (Sep 28, 2021) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/election/2021/09/27/carroll-isds-place-7-candidates-share-priorities-ahead-of-november-special-election/

“Former teacher will run against Southlake Families-backed candidate in Carroll ISD special race,” Dallas Morning News (Sep 1, 2021) https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2021/09/01/former-teacher-to-run-against-southlake-families-backed-candidate-in-carroll-isd-special-race/ (paywall - article limit)

Who’s Running?

Andrew A. YeagerWebsite: https://www.andrewyeager4cisd.com
Stephanie WilliamsWebsite: stephanieforcisd.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieforCISD
Twitter: @stephanie4cisd
Instagram: @stephanieforcisd
Email: stephforschoolboard@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Andrew A. Yeager
Stephanie Williams
Almost every position I've taken on, both paid and unpaid, in my adult life has prepared me for this role. Thanks to my formal education - I have a master's degree in education with an emphasis in literacy - and my time in the classroom - I taught 4th and 6th grade - I can understand the challenges our teachers face. I have also supported teachers and administrators through my volunteer work; all of which has given me a perspective that is not currently represented on the Carroll ISD school board. I have been everything from copy mom to homeroom parent, PTO president-twice, leader of Junior Great Book groups during lunch recess, part of Teacher Appreciation Week committees and a CISD Art Docent. I am currently the president of Southlake Association of Gifted and Talented, the gifted and talented booster club, and on the executive board of the Southlake chapter of the Young Men's Service League where I serve alongside my two youngest sons. I am also in the current session of CISD's CLASS-Carroll Leadership Academy for Supporting Success. All this makes me the most qualified candidate for CISD school board trustee, Place 7.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM? HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDEGTARY INTERESTS?
Andrew A. Yeager
Stephanie Williams
I know, from conversations I've had with members of our community, that the special education department is in need of additional leadership and attention. The department is currently without a permanent lead and we need someone who has expertise and education that is specific to special education. The department is undergoing an audit, so we need to prepare to address the issues the audit reveals. I also believe we have been distracted by politics for too long and it's time to get back to the business of educating students. In 2004, we started the Carroll Medical Academy but we have not created another such academy since then. With the new STEM/STEAM facility at Carrol High School, now is the time to ensure our engineering students are prepared for the next phase in their education. With the addition of the AP Capstone classes, we can also capitalize on it by creating a business academy through which we could tap into the wealth of business experience we have in our community. I believe in being fiscally responsible but not on the backs of our students and teachers. The board recently balanced the budget basically overnight without taking the time to determine sensible cost savings that would not impact students as well as without verifying additional revenue streams. We can be fiscally responsible without negatively impacting our ability to attract and retain the best teachers but we need to do so mindfully and with the students and teachers at the center of those decisions.
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Andrew A. Yeager
Stephanie Williams
Thanks to programs like the SROs (School Resource Officers) and measures like there only being one access in for visitors to campuses, our students are physically safe. However, there is more to safety. More and more research has been done that demonstrates the need for students to feel psychologically safe too. When students feel psychologically safe, they are able to be more creative, innovative, and focused on their studies rather than worrying about how their ideas or questions will be received. One way to support this type of safety is to ensure all students are treated with dignity and respect. We can also ensure students have access to mental health professionals. And our teachers and administrators need training on how to deal with situations in which students are made to feel unsafe or unwelcome. This type of training will also attract the best educators to CISD.
4. WHAT LESSONS DID WE LEARN FROM THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM?
Andrew A. Yeager

Stephanie Williams
We learned that we can quickly shift gears as needed. We now have the technology in place to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways; I know from my formal training not all students learn the same way. We also learned that we must follow the advice and guidance of experts. Before the start of the 2021 school year, over 100 physicians from Southlake made recommendations about COVID protocols. Unfortunately those recommendations were entirely ignored. CISD is an education institute and must demonstrate that seeking out and following the guidance of experts in given fields, along with the desires of our community, will set our students up for success. We also had the opportunity, thanks to HB15, to offer up to 10% of our student population the option for virtual learning without losing any funding. However, despite having numerous families withdraw their students because of the lack of COVID protocols, our board chose not to pursue this option. It is imperative that we put egos and political agendas aside and work to meet the needs of our community's youth, just as TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) defines the role of public school boards and trustees.
5. ISSUES AROUND DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HAVE BROUGHT LOCAL AND NATIONAL ATTENTION TO CARROLL ISD. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD PROCEED IN ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES?
Andrew A. Yeager
Stephanie Williams
First and foremost, we must have conversations and dialogue about the issues around diversity and inclusion. Using litigation, via the TRO (temporary restraining order) to prevent such dialogue sends a dangerous message to our students that when we don't agree about something, we just stop talking about it. Additionally, we know that more than 500 past and current CISD students have shared testimonials of mistreatment. We heard audio of two such examples on the recent podcast series, Southlake, by NBC News. We must provide adequate training to our teachers and administrators to ensure they have the tools needed to address issues of racism and discrimination in real time and that they respond accordingly. As a public school system, we do not get to choose which students to protect; we must protect all students. Finally, our job as a school board, again, is to serve the youth in our community. We know how to prepare them academically to move beyond CISD and we will continue to do so. We are not adequately preparing them to interact in a global environment once they leave CISD and we must do so to enable them to successfully navigate a more diverse world.
6. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Andrew A. Yeager
Stephanie Williams
When I decided to run for trustee, I didn't ask anyone's permission, just my family's support. No one asked me to run. No one asked me to be interviewed or vetted. No one asked me my voting record in order to get their endorsement or support. No one asked me my stance on partisan issues which are not relevant to our duty as public school board trustees. I decided to run because of what I bring to the role of trustee. And because, just as TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) states, I believe the students should be the center of what we, as a school board, do. It all comes down to the students. They are why I am running for CISD school board trustee, Place 7.