Q&A: Get to know the sole candidate for Cy-Fair ISD board Position 4, Debbie Blackshear

Debbie Blackshear volunteers as a Cy-Fair ISD Bus Buddy.

Debbie Blackshear volunteers as a Cy-Fair ISD Bus Buddy.

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Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, Position 4

Debbie Blackshear* 

Occupation: retired Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union president
Top priorities: fair and equitable state funding, safety and security, revision of STAAR and testing requirements
Years in CFISD: 41 years
Contact: deblackshear@sbcglobal.net


Why are you running for the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees?
My husband and I moved to Cy-Fair in 1978 because of the reputation of CFISD in providing quality education. My two sons attended Lamkin [Elementary School], Arnold [Middle School], and Cy-Fair [High School]. They received quality educations and, after college and marriage, returned to Cypress. I now have five grandchildren attending CFISD schools. I love the Cy-Fair community and school district and have been heavily invested in both for many years. I want to give back to the community and school district I love.

What experience do you have that makes you qualified to serve on the board?  
My 28.5-year career at Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union and experience; my leadership roles in the Cy-Fair community, and credit union industry trade associations.

What are the most significant challenges the district faces?
Although progress was made in the State Legislature this last session with state funding, there is much left to do. There are ongoing challenges to ensure our students and staff remain safe at school. STAAR testing needs to either be greatly revised and revamped or replaced. Advocating for public education so that taxpayer money is not diverted to charter schools and voucher programs. Charter schools and private schools are not held to the same standards as public schools, nor do they have the same accountability.

How do you plan to address those issues?
Advocacy with our state legislators is key to most of these issues. Relationships with our elected officials is an important part. Regarding the safety and security of our schools, it is important that we continue to develop our CFISD Police Department, their training, and continuing training for administrators and board members to assist in funding for training, making facilities safer, and working with other law enforcement agencies.

By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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