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 Coordinator of Board Operations
juliemoye@misdmail.org
817-797-8933
Kenneth J. ChalkEmail: kjchalk@prodigy.net
Michelle Newsom (incumbent)Facebook: Michelle Newsom for MISD School Board Trustee

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
My diverse background and work experience gives me the ability to understand the challenges that our Board of Trustees face. I have experience with large budgets, organizational improvements, legislative process and action, and construction processes. I have served for 6 years on the MISD School Board and am currently the Board Vice President. I am also trained in Lone Star Governance and understand the value and importance of the process and need for accountability for school boards.
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
I believe our most pressing issue facing MISD is recovering from Covid. This past year has placed us with so many challenges. We have met these challenges head on but the hurdles are still coming and we will need to work through each one. Academic slide and keeping children in school are two of the top issues related to Covid. Another issue We are facing is state funding and budget consequences. School finance has many obstacles and with the added layer of Covid this topic is extremely important. Ensuring that we advocate on the local and state level is more important than ever as we navigate these complicated waters. We need to ensure that we maintain choices for students, parents, teachers, and the community even with these funding challenges. The district has an excellent reputation as a desired workplace for educators in the State of Texas. Maintaining this reputation and continuing to draw dedicated and passionate educators to our district should remain a priority. While all these issues are important, the tax dollars entrusted to the school district should always have the conscience of any board member in order to make sound fiscal decisions, especially when prioritizing issues that will have a lasting impact on the students, faculty and staff of MISD.
3. WHAT POLICIES SHOULD YOUR DISTRICT PURSUE WITH REGARD TO SCHOOL SAFETY?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
I believe all of our safety policies are in place regarding safety. There are actions that we need to ensure are placed and maintained. Safety covers many different aspects for students, staff and teachers. We should stay constantly vigilant to day to day issues and address them to the best of our ability.
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?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
We have learned so much about technology during this time and can now utilize this to better serve students moving forward. These new opportunities will allow us to be more agile to meet the needs of every student.
5. WHAT IMPACTS HAS THE PANDEMIC HAD ON STUDENTS, AND WHAT MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO OFFSET THOSE IMPACTS?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
I believe the pandemic has had an impact on students that is immeasurable. They are being effected academically, socially, mentally, physically and emotionally. I believe the best measure to start to offset these challenges is to get students back in classrooms. We can start addressing these issues best when we can utilize the district resources and teachers can be the facilitors.
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?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
The teachers have been the heroes of the pandemic! They have been amazingly creative and steadfast in their efforts to engage students and ensure that learning continues. The flexibility and passion shown by the teachers have been second to none. We have to work hard to ensure we are able to support teachers as they are the driving force on the front lines of education. We can't forget that they are effected by the pandemic professionally and personally.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFIC BUDGET PRIORITIES AND HOW WILL YOU BALANCE COMPETING BUDGETARY INTERESTS?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
Maintaining fiscal responsibility to tax payers is the priority. Understanding the complexities of school finance and how that impacts our district and students is the key to making the best decisions. There will always be competing interests. Ensuring transparency and thinking outside the box are paramount. Students and academics will always come first.
8. HOW SHOULD THE BOARD ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND RESOURCES FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AND PARTICULARLY STUDENTS OF COLOR?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom
The district maintains the same opportunities regarding education, technology and resources for all students. The district was able to ensure that all students were provided with devices and internet access. This continues to be a priority for the Board for all students.
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Kenneth J. Chalk
Michelle Newsom