Q&A: Khalid Ishaq is running for Place 7 seat on Plano ISD board of trustees

Khalid Ishaq is running for the Place 7 seat on the Plano ISD board of trustees.

Ishaq is running against Cody Weaver and Dylan Rafaty.

The seat is currently held by PISD board President Missy Bender, who is not seeking re-election.

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

1. Why did you decide to run for this position?

I decided to run for the following reasons:

  • Transparency into what happens to our tax dollars that are sent to the state

  • Reduce the burden of increased taxes on our families due to increased home values

  • Balance budgets so we can stay within our means and also use more business partners to pay for certified courses that would benefit the businesses by creating the resources that they need as the children graduate into the workforce

  • Early childhood learning classes and after-school care to allow for children to have a higher ratio of success in schools, especially in low-income households

  • More opportunities for high school children to get true college credit through community college dual-credit classes on the model of Richland Collegiate High School in Dallas

  • More opportunities and education to parents and students on certification classes that are offered in PISD that can allow students to leave high school with more job-attracting skills

  • Methods and techniques so more parents can get involved in their children's school, thus allowing for the children to be better global citizens and to be prepared for a global economy

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

I have over 25 years of industry experience building large teams to develop technology solutions for business problems, as well as:

  • People management: My experience includes managing highly skilled talent and to help them produce the best that they can.

  • Financial management: Researching, organizing and managing large budgets and keeping projects and departments within budgets

  • Technical management: Proving solutions for large, complex commercial business problems that generate over $1 billion in sales

  • Over 20 years of adjunct teaching experience at universities such as Southern Methodist University, Boston University, DeVry [University] and more

  • I am a parent of PISD students.

3. If elected, what are some specific policies you would like to implement in PISD? 

Some of the policies that I would like to work on include the following:

  • How to better prepare our children for a professional life right after school

  • Better prepare our children for life essential skills

  • More placement of technical education within core subjects

  • Better management and oversight of funds used outside of academic functions

  • More industry involvement in better preparing our children for hard to find skills

  • More communication between the district/schools and parent

4. Are there specific areas in the district’s budget that you would consider funding more or funding less? 

I would consider additional funding for:

  • Early childhood learning classes and after-school care to allow for children to have a higher ratio of success in schools, especially in low-income households

  • Dual-credit program to work toward a high school diploma and associate degree

  • School safety and violence prevention

5. What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background? 

I have served on both the district’s diversity advisory committee and the career and technical education committee for over four years combined. I am a firm believer in the idea that "it takes a village to raise a child,” and everyone of us has to be involved in the process. I want our children to get the best from the best and be the best. Our children growing up together are more global in their thinking than us, and I want us as the community/village to reflect that. I will give everything that I have and gained in experience and knowledge to make our schools the best again.

By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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