GCISD board of trustees Place 6: Candidate Q&A

Voters in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will decide between two candidates for school board Place 6 on Nov. 3. (Community Impact Staff)
Voters in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will decide between two candidates for school board Place 6 on Nov. 3. (Community Impact Staff)

Voters in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will decide between two candidates for school board Place 6 on Nov. 3. (Community Impact Staff)



Grapevine-Colleyville ISD



School board of trustees Place 6






CASEY FORD









Doug Noell




Occupation: retired IT consultant


Experience: 16 years at Perot Systems; served on the GCISD board of trustees since 2017; has served as PTA president, treasurer and other roles; has served on various district committees, including the District of Excellent Committee, the District of Innovation Committee and the Council of PTAs.






Why are you running for office?



DN: I am running for re-election to the GCISD school board to ensure that the Board of Trustees continues to work in concert with district teachers, staff, and students along with community members to advance innovative programs to educate students so they are prepared for college, military or career.



What are the biggest challenges facing students in the school district? How do you plan to address these issues?



DN: Stress from competitive academics, extra-curriculars and college admission is one of the biggest challenges facing our students. Student vaping and other coping/non-coping behaviors are also a challenge. Continual improvement of communication with students and parents is the biggest step to address this so students can compete at their highest level, but realize they are not alone in struggling with these demands and that there are many paths to success.



If elected, what would be your top priorities?



DN: My top priority is to improve every district program to enhance student opportunity and success. Additionally, although GCISD has been recognized as a Top 100 Place to Work and I have already approved 4 teacher pay increases in less than 3 years, teacher salaries still need to improve despite the state-imposed budget constraints on our district. Current safety and security measures, which already exceed the recommendations of both the Texas School Safety Center and the Governor’s safety committee, will need constant attention to identify further enhancements to protect our students and staff.



What are some new ideas or programs you would like the school district to explore?



DN: The district needs to continue to identify new and enhance existing opportunities to partner with local and regional companies and organizations for grants, internships and apprenticeships to further enhance student opportunities.









Casey Ford




Occupation: principal, CPA


Experience: former chief financial officer; 17 years in financial industry; serves on church financial committees; and serves on nonprofit board for suicide prevention






Why are you running for office?



CF: I am running for office to give back and serve, voluntarily, in the same community that shaped my morals, values, and that has given so much to me. Additionally, I want to help in the decision making process that will shape my children and GCISD students, while serving the teachers and community.



What are the biggest challenges facing students in the school district? How do you plan to address these issues?



CF: GCISD is an excellent school district and it would be a great honor to contribute to making a positive impact regarding security for all students/staff through the implementation of "security best practices" on all campuses while collaborating with the local Colleyville and Grapevine police departments.



If elected, what would be your top priorities?



CF: I am running for GCISD School Board to do my best in procuring the best security for our students and teachers, providing financial transparency and efficiencies, and bringing back traditional grades. My hope is to create an environment where students, teachers and GCISD can flourish.



What are some new ideas or programs you would like the school district to explore?



CF: I think families, companies and school districts operate optimally when they are financially healthy. From my personal experience, when organizations are healthy from a financial perspective, they are more nimble and flexible to better serve one another and their communities.



By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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