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)

Hannah SmithWebsite: https://www.hannahsmith4cisd.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HannahSmith4CISD
Email: hannahsmith4cisd@gmail.com
Phone: 469-844-8706
Ed HernandezEmail: got.hernandez@gmail.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Hannah Smith
As the mother of four Carroll Dragons, I am deeply invested in our District's excellence. Three of my kids are in the G/T program and one is in the Special Education program. With the youngest of four children set to graduate from Carroll ISD in 2032, our family has staked the education of our next generation on the quality of our schools. I am committed to protecting their tradition of excellence for the next decade and beyond.
I focused on education policy and the Teacher Preparation Program to earn my undergraduate degree from Princeton University and its School of Public and International Affairs. With degrees in education policy and law, I have dealt with many of the educational and legal issues that face public schools. I will bring that expertise to my service as a School Board Trustee.
For Carroll ISD, I serve on the School Board's Committees on Finance and Health, as a substitute teacher, and as a PTO volunteer. In our community, I serve as a church youth group leader, a Cub Scout leader, on the board of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s Parents Guild, and support my kids’ teams in swimming, football, and baseball.
I believe I'm the best candidate because of my hard work ethic, my trained ability to think critically and ask tough questions about difficult problems, and my practical experience in working well with others towards lasting solutions. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the rest of the board to tackle the challenges and opportunities that Carroll ISD faces as we move into this new chapter with our new Superintendent.
Ed Hernandez
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Hannah Smith
Our District is due for a new five-year Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Planning process needs to prioritize:
1—Increasing transparency in decision-making and communication with the community and other stakeholders. We have highly educated and engaged parents—we owe it to them to be completely transparent.
2—Improving Board engagement and oversight of the Administration. Trustees are elected to oversee and direct policy. We need to elevate the engagement of the Board to more effectively provide that oversight.
3—Elevating fiscal responsibility. Our taxpayers pay a premium to live in Southlake to attend these schools. They deserve to know how and why their tax dollars are being spent.
4—Transforming the District’s Special Programs Division. We have 900 Dragons in Special Programs. We need to have a full scale audit of the Special Programs Division to see where and how we can improve.
5—Supporting better enforcement of the District’s Student Code of Conduct, which was recently revised to strengthen protections against discrimination, harassment, and racism.
Ed Hernandez
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Hannah Smith
We are blessed to live in an ISD where our students are safe at school. I have met with Southlake Police Chief Brandon, and Carroll ISD is better off than 95% of the ISDs in the country. Carroll ISD has a great relationship with the City of Southlake, which has consistently funded initiatives to aid with campus safety. The School Resource Officer program is a great example of that. Due to our highly successful SRO program, there have been 0 citations and 0 arrests on our campuses. Another example is the School Safety Task Force which produced $½ million from the City for bullet-proof glass, video intercoms, and 2 additional SROs for the high schools. This contribution from the City freed up District money so it could be spent on mental health counselors. In the future, we can continue to build on the cybersecurity measures we have already taken to assess and prevent all manner of threats to our campuses.
Ed Hernandez
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?
Hannah Smith
I have appreciated the increased flexibility that technology has provided during the pandemic. Many board committee meetings, parent brown bag lunches, parent-teacher conferences, and other events have been held online out of necessity but have had the effect of engaging a higher percentage of participants. Post-pandemic, I would hope that we would continue to use virtual options in addition to in-person ones to engage those whose schedules benefit from that flexibility.
Ed Hernandez
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Hannah Smith
We have been through a year of the most challenging environment of our students’ and teachers’ lives. The learning loss sustained by our students during the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to be fully assessed. Our District needs to prepare to help our students recoup learning losses so that their future educational prospects continue to be bright. There have been very serious concerns about lack of academic integrity due to students learning from home and not being under the direct supervision of teachers in the classroom. These concerns need to be addressed going forward by returning—as much and as soon as responsibly possible—more students to the classroom and by fully reviving all athletic, social, and other extra-curricular activities.
Ed Hernandez
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?
Hannah Smith
Our teachers in grades 5-12 have been asked to teach to two student populations at one time—one on Zoom and one in-person in the classroom. This approach has put a tremendous burden on our teachers. If we are to continue an option for at-home learning next school year, we need to create a real distance learning academy (rather than merely putting cameras in classrooms). We should dedicate staff to such an academy, to enable each teacher to focus on only one population of students—either online, or in their classroom.
Ed Hernandez
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Hannah Smith
Carroll ISD has a history of award-winning, exemplary financial transparency. We can build on that great foundation. Our district has already put our main check register online so taxpayers can see how funds are spent. We should also put the District’s contracts, invoices, conflicts of interests disclosures, and other documents of interest online. This would increase transparency and decrease costs associated with open records requests to find out information that should be readily available already.
As far as Board oversight of financial issues, I think we need to consider changing the current Board policy that requires the District to come to the Board for approval only for expenses over $50,000. That ceiling needs to be lowered to give the Board more of a meaningful oversight role over the District.
As for the Budget, our District's revenues have already been impacted by the pandemic due to decreased enrollment, as students have left for private or home schools. I will prioritize returning students to in-person school—as much and as soon as responsibly possible—and fully reviving all athletic, social, and other extra-curricular activities. Furthermore, I propose that we engage an outside auditor to do an efficiency audit, like some of our peer districts have done recently, which would allow us to see where we can economize and innovate to achieve more efficiencies given our budget constraints due to Robin Hood.
Ed Hernandez
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Hannah Smith
According to a recent report from Carroll ISD, "an academic review of student subgroup test performance reveals no statistically significant achievement gaps among the district's ethnic populations. Existing gaps do exist for some low socioeconomic students." The percentage of students in our District who qualify to receive free lunch is about 1% (or 85 students out of 8,500). Our District provides amazing resources for every student to reach their full potential.
Ed Hernandez
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Hannah Smith
Ed Hernandez