Q&A: Amy Dankel runs for re-election for McKinney ISD board of trustees Place 4

Amy Dankel is running for re-election for McKinney ISD board of trustees Place 4.

Amy Dankel is running for re-election for McKinney ISD board of trustees Place 4.

Amy Dankel is running for re-election for McKinney ISD board of trustees Place 4. Dankel was elected to the MISD board of trustees eight years ago and is currently serving as the board vice president. She said this is her only elected office. Dankel is running uncontested.

Community Impact Newspaper sent Dankel a set of questions about her candidacy. This article is part of ongoing May 4 election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. Her answers have been edited for style.

Why are you running for re-election for McKinney ISD Place 4?


I feel a deep responsibility to give back to a school system and community that has given so much to me and my family. I have the experience, enthusiasm, time and energy to devote to this volunteer position.

What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?


I was a public school educator for 22 years. Ten of those years were in MISD.

If re-elected, what would be your top priorities for the district? 


[My top priorities are] providing our almost 25,000 students with a relevant, rigorous education [and] preparing them to be productive 21st-century citizens.

If re-elected, how would you help address those issues?


[I will address those issues] by approving policies, procedures and a budget that ensures our students have a safe atmosphere in which to learn with great teachers, facilities and materials.

What do you see as the biggest challenges the district will face in the coming years?


Uncertainty as to what the state officials will be doing with public school finance as well as ensuring we are offering relevant courses for our students’ futures [are the biggest challenges the district will face].
By Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.


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