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Election Q&A: Meet Georgetown ISD school board Place 4 candidates
Candidates Stephanie Blanck, Francis C. Jackson and David Phillips speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)
Occupation: retired educator; specialist in school psychology
Experience: 30 years in public education as an LSSP and campus administrator; 15 years as special education director
SB: There’s no way to guarantee complete safety when reopening schools, but there is CDC guidance that the district should be aware of and follow, such as masks and required social distancing. A school board member is part of the discussion and a collaborator, but the final decisions ultimately come from the superintendent. To me, the parents, teachers and the campus administration are the front line, and I would be listening to them on a daily basis and making adjustments accordingly.
Experience: retired special education teacher; retired military
FJ: If elected, I would want to start with a briefing from the leadership on the status and implementation of the District’s pandemic protocols. I want the leadership and the other board members to know my No. 1 priority is and always will be the health and safety of students and personnel in the Georgetown Independent School District. All decisions must and will be made based on that priority.
Occupation: partner and practice manager, MedCon Medical Services
Experience: board member, Grace Episcopal School, 2010-14, trustee, Georgetown ISD, 2017-present; volunteer for GISD Giving
Contact: Search Facebook: David Phillips for School Board
DP: I have been the lead regarding our response to COVID. I am trained in health care and am actively involved as the manager of a physician practice and a disaster/emergency response company, both of which have been deeply involved with COVID. I update my fellow trustees and ISD senior staff almost daily. I am relied upon as the internal “expert" and use my significant health care network to get us answers quickly.