November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 2

Three candidates, Mary Bone, Lacey Mase and Cornell Woolridge, are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Three candidates, Mary Bone, Lacey Mase and Cornell Woolridge, are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Three candidates, Mary Bone, Lacey Mase and Cornell Woolridge, are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



ROUND ROCK



Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 2










Mary Bone



Occupation: engineering professor at University of South-Eastern Norway and systems engineering consultant at NASA


Experience: PhD systems engineering, B.S. aerospace engineering, 18 years supporting Department of Defense, NASA, Dell, GE and BAE






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?




MB: The priority is to stabilize the changing landscape of educational instruction and delivery for both virtual and in-person. The other priorities are retaining staff, closing achievement gaps, and ensuring safe-equitable education for every child. I also will prioritize creating a bridge between the district and community so that everyone has a voice. I will ensure financial accountability so that our tax dollars work hard to provide the best education.




What uniquely qualifies you for this position?




MB: I have diverse leadership experiences as a mom, professor, researcher, consultant, engineer, President of a Corporation, volunteer, mentor, and coach. As a systems engineer, I am a trained problem solver that can handle complex decisions where multiple factors and stakeholders must be satisfied. I am skilled at formalizing decisions and driving effective solutions through oversight. My career requires me to be a team player able to compromise, stay on task and work with diverse groups.




What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the school district, and how will you improve it?




MB: The current challenge is meeting the needs of every student and staff while providing equitable-safe education in this changing landscape. I will ensure our district has the vision and oversight to be thought and innovation leaders when it comes to education, safety, and equity. Funding will be challenging since enrollment decreased along with other tax revenue streams. I will fight to keep our tax money locally and ensure every penny is used diligently.












Lacey Mase



Occupation: attorney, Office of the Attorney General of Texas


Experience: I was a teacher in RRISD, and now I’m an attorney on the executive leadership team for a state agency.






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?




LM: As a trustee, my top priority will be to ensure all Round Rock ISD kids thrive and succeed in school and beyond. This requires 1) all teachers to have the leadership, support, and resources necessary to drive student success; 2) planning for future growth and maximizing current resources so all students have quality learning environments; and 3) ensuring the safety of all students and teachers.




What uniquely qualifies you for this position?




LM: I have the benefit of having been a classroom teacher in Round Rock ISD, and now as an attorney for the State of Texas, I successfully oversee the administration of a large organization, leading with vision, trust, honest communication, good judgment, compassion, and empathy. I know how to diligently listen, carefully examine issues, respectfully consider differing viewpoints, and offer candid advice about the long-term impact of current decisions.




What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the school district, and how will you improve it?




LM: RRISD is a large, growing district. The board must take action to prioritize student success at every campus across the district by: 1) providing our educators and staff the support and resources needed at each particular campus; 2) providing quality learning environments; 3) investing in our students’ socio-emotional health; and 4) supporting a well-rounded school safety program.










Cornell Woolridge



Occupation: operations specialist-instructor development, national recruiting for The Princeton Review


Experience: masters in ethics and public policy; 20 plus years working with students at all levels of education






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?




CW: Educational equity for marginalized communities; equitable policing practices; community engagement and transparency; creating learners for life, not just workers for life.




What uniquely qualifies you for this position?




CW: I have worked with school districts in Austin, Arlington, Fort Worth and Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving me a chance to learn from a broad range of school governance. I have spent most of my life working with and for students and families, especially those from marginalized communities. My experience in the marginalized community allows me to better relate to, connect with, and advocate for those not being well served in Round Rock ISD..




What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the school district, and how will you improve it?




CW: Equitable education and district support: I will ensure the board establishes an effective relationship with the Chief Equity Officer, reporting areas of concern and potential solutions. I’ll recommend the Board make educational equity a board priority so that the district will have accountability measures. I’ll prioritize establishing student support as the foundation of action for police instead of use of force, so that all students feel safe and supported while in school.




By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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