She will run against Tim Raine in the election May 5.
Community Impact Newspaper sent McClure a series of questions about her candidacy. Her written responses, edited for publication style, are below.
Q: What is your current occupation?
I am a homemaker and a very involved volunteer in our community and in our schools.
Q: Why did you decide to run for this office?
As a volunteer on my children's campuses for over 20 years, I believe my experiences and perspective are an asset as a trustee. My oldest graduated in 2010 and got an excellent education. However, in 2011 our district put into place a strategic plan called Lead 2021. The programs and opportunities available to our students today resulting from Lead 2021 are absolutely spectacular. I ran to encourage this culture of innovation and continued improvement because the students of today are preparing for careers that we can't even imagine.
Q: What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?
As the incumbent, I have three valuable years of experience. At the end of my first year as a trustee, I applied and was selected to take part in a program through the Texas Association of School Boards called Leadership TASB. Over the course of a year, I had the privilege of traveling to a number of districts across the state, observing their programs, networking with other trustees and administrators, and gaining in-depth knowledge about the challenges facing public education in our state. At the culmination of the program I earned the designation of Master Trustee, but more importantly, I gained the perspective and education from the experiences of that year. Finally, although I do not currently practice law, I have my Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law. As one can imagine, this background has been very beneficial on many occasions as a trustee.
Q: If elected, what would be your top priorities?
Continued advocacy at the state level for the restoration of our funding. Here in GCISD my priorities remain what they were when I was originally elected: to emphasize and celebrate what we are doing well in GCISD, while working to avoid complacency and making continued improvement a priority. My role is to demand and expect accountability, not that of a micromanager.
Q: What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?
Education is personal to me. I'm from a family of teachers, and I'm a product of Texas public schools. GCISD has been a priority in my life since my oldest son stepped into his kindergarten classroom in the fall of 1996. I've raised three very different boys in this district and I have a heart for each and every one of our students. If we know what we treasure by how we spend our time, you will know that I treasure the students of GCISD.