Q&A: San Marcos CISD trustee at-large candidate James McCutcheon wants to enforce school security and address school overcrowding

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With 10 years of education experience, James McCutcheon is running for San Marcos CISD trustee at large. His top priorities include: security of the schools; vocational/technical training for students who do not plan on attending college postgraduation; and solutions to overcrowding in our schools.

Q: How do you plan to ensure we have diverse schools based on ethnicity as well as economic status?

A: I believe that diversity can be achieved by putting an end to bullying in our schools. Many parents choose to relocate their children because of bullying and intolerance in public schools. We should implement teaching tolerance in our schools and have a zero tolerance as a district for bullying.

Q: How do you want the district to address underperforming schools?

A: We must address the issue of poverty. As someone who spent 18 years in foster care as a child, I know firsthand the hardships of poverty. We need to involve key members of our community and work as a team to address the cause for a school to be underperforming and put a plan in place to correct the problem.

Q: What has the district done well over last five years? What has the district done poorly that you would change?

A: The district has done well with teacher recruiting and educational facilities.
We need to provide more vocational training programs for students not attending college. We also need to be more efficient with limited taxpayer money.

Q: What, if any, bond-funded projects would you ask voters to consider if you are elected?

Q: If bond-funded projects were to be considered, I would consider classroom space and modification of current educational buildings to include secure areas for students and staff during natural disasters or active-shooter situations.

Q: What, if any, extra security measures should be taken to ensure students’ safety in schools?

A: Our schools should be secure by mandating single points of entry, more security presence (to include canine), and screening of backpacks and vehicles before school. I would like to see an increase in video surveillance in hallways, courtyard, and blind spot areas to ensure student safety throughout our schools.

Phone number: 254-640-4021
Email: jamesmccutcheon98@yahoo.com

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Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.
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