November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Round Rock ISD Place 1

Two candidates, Kim Boen and Jun Xiao, are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 1.
Two candidates, Kim Boen and Jun Xiao, are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 1.

Two candidates, Kim Boen and Jun Xiao, are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 1.



ROUND ROCK



Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 1










Kim Boen



Occupation: retired Round Rock ISD teacher


Experience: taught in RRISD for 33 years and led several campus teams as a supervisor; currently an education consultant






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



KB: Leadership: The board must lead the district. Leadership entails approaching decisions using good governance with the same end goals in mind. Accountability: We are accountable to parents, students, teachers, the community, taxpayers, and our fellow trustees. Student Success: We must ensure that all students succeed, not only academically, but holistically with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Together, board leadership and accountability combine to ensure student success.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



KB: I am uniquely qualified to serve as a trustee thanks to my life experience as a parent of 3 children who have attended Round Rock schools, as a retired educator of 33 years in the Round Rock ISD, and as someone who grew up in these schools and has seen our community grow and evolve.



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



KB: Our board has suffered some recent dysfunction and that has undermined the reputation of the district, but RRISD is still a destination district. The greatest challenge is division---of the board, of our students, and our administrators. We all have a common goal to ensure our children succeed and are happy and healthy---we must work together to ensure that goal, and not let partisan fights distract from that goal.











Jun Xiao



Occupation: founder and CEO of Immune Arch Inc.


Experience: Ph.D. in computer science, Georgia Institute of Technology; research scientist at HP Labs and 3M






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



JX: My first priority is teacher support and retention. We need to identify and develop talent, invest in teacher training and development, create a supportive management environment, study incentive programs, and provide leadership opportunities. My second priority is student future-readiness. We need to fix school education deficiency and reduce achievement gaps, integrate core academic curriculum with technical skills for further education or careers, and expand and raise awareness for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



JX: As a first-generation immigrant, I know firsthand the experience of learning about and ultimately contributing to an unfamiliar school system. RRISD is incredibly diverse, and we are made richer by the experiences of every single family, whether they have arrived here recently or have lived here for generations. I will bring new ideas and fresh perspectives and build two-way communication channels to engage more families to share their feedback and participate in decision making.



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



JX: The biggest challenge facing the school district that I can foresee is state budget cuts, student enrollment reductions, and tax revenue shrinks because of the pandemic. We need to create revenue streams that are not subject to state recapture, cut non-educational expenses, reduce non-classroom headcount, and eliminate resources from programs that are expensive and ineffective. I would encourage more partnerships with the city, PTA, and other community organizations to support educational offerings for all students.


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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