Q&A: Meet the candidates for Cy-Fair ISD school board, Position 7

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Perez
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Jacobs
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Covey
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Scanlon
Fourteen candidates are competing for one of three Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees positions up for election this fall.

Positions 5, 6 and 7 will be on the ballot. John Ogletree, Don Ryan and Bob R. Covey currently hold those respective seats and are all running for re-election. The election will be held Nov. 2 after an early voting period from Oct. 18-29.


We asked each candidate why they were running and how they would address challenges in the district if elected. Some responses may have been edited for clarity.









Michael V. Perez



Occupation: licensed insurance agent


Experience: 11 years working in university and student housing setting (including athletics marketing and student affairs, and property management)






Why are you running for the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees?



MVP: I never want to see another unchallenged school board election. Increased transparency from the board, the administration and faculty. Student/parent/faculty/staff empowerment. To also encourage more qualified community members to become involved. To also represent the community with an open mind without talking down to or dismissing their concerns. Anyone who has specific questions can email me directly at [email protected]



What does the district’s motto “Opportunity for All” mean to you, and how would you support that mission?



MVP: If we can work toward continued and improved educational opportunities for all, we can improve our community, surrounding communities and those where our graduates move. I would support the overall mission/vision by using them as a measure by which we judge our success and set our goals. It is important to ask if our goals stay in line with our mission, vision and core values.



What are the most significant challenges facing the school district, and how would you address those issues?



MVP: There are many issues that I have seen parents express in recent board meetings. A lot of the concerns seem to come from the need for more transparency and willingness to listen to concerns. I am a person willing to listen. A recent hot topic has been parents’ concern that the principles of critical race theory are finding their way into the schools’ curriculum. If given the opportunity, I will be a voice against the principles espoused by CRT.











Craig A. Jacobs



Occupation: candidate did not submit responses by press time


Experience: candidate did not submit responses by press time






Why are you running for the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees?



CAJ: candidate did not submit responses by press time



What does the district’s motto “Opportunity for All” mean to you, and how would you support that mission?



CAJ: candidate did not submit responses by press time



What are the most significant challenges facing the school district, and how would you address those issues?



CAJ: candidate did not submit responses by press time











Bob R. Covey*



Occupation: American Alloy Steel Inc. sales management (over 40 years)


Experience: CFISD board of trustees 16 years (served as secretary/vice president/president twice); Gulf Coast Area Association of School Board Director (6 years); Go Public Gulf Coast Positively Promoting Public Ed (5 years) president/founder; Texas Association of School Boards Director (served as secretary/treasurer, presently second vice president); Leadership TASB 2011/Master Trustee; Volunteered and volunteers in elementary, middle and high schools—reading/mentor/Bus Buddies, etc. Presented sessions at National School Boards Association and TASB; Lectured at Texas State University College of Education for 15 years; helped organize and implement Texas State University education majors to do their student teaching in CFISD; recruited teachers from Texas State University






Why are you running for the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees?



BRC: [I] have been able to consistently reduce taxes, protect the optional homestead exemption of 20%, authorize teacher and employee pay raises for nine plus years, and yet offer an exceptional educational experience that provides CTE courses and certificates, solid college-bound education and military service. I want to continue to advocate for this district, the students, faculty, administration and support staff with a consistent and effective effort.



What does the district’s motto “Opportunity for All” mean to you, and how would you support that mission?



BRC: In my past 16 years as a trustee, we have become a more diverse district. I am very proud of and wholeheartedly support the shared curriculum that we have throughout the district. Opportunity for all simply means offering the opportunity for an excellent education, no matter the ZIP code. Opportunity for all celebrates our diversity, which is and should be the mission of our district, giving the opportunity to be a “global leader" to each of our students.



What are the most significant challenges facing the school district, and how would you address those issues?



BRC: Finances and financial support from state and federal government will always be challenging. Addressing that by having open communication and providing advocacy with each legislator that covers our district. However, one of the most significant challenges is the misinformation and nonfactual information that is spread about public school education. It is an ongoing challenge to state the facts and correct the false statements being shared. Having open transparency and better understanding is paramount.











Lucas Scanlon



Occupation: director of business and transformation for Neudesic LLC


Experience: band director at Mayde Creek Junior High and High School; 15 years of management consulting, leading organizational change at F500-F1000 companies; managing the business of a firm with oversight over multiple large contracts; I earned my Bachelor's in music education from the University of Houston (’91), masters in music (’98) and MBA (’08) from Rice University, and my masters in public administration from Harvard University (’12); I know what quality education work culture means, and I know how to bring it to Cy-Fair ISD. My wife and I have a beautiful daughter, a first grader at Rennell Elementary, who is very excited to get on the bus each morning and be in the classroom.


Campaign Website: http://lucasscanlon.com




Why are you running for the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees?



LS: I’m running for my daughter and other children who deserve an education focused on excellence in academics, athletics and the arts—not politics. I am running to restore the trust of parents and accountability of the school board to their stakeholders—students, parents, taxpayers, teachers and staff. I’ve never witnessed such an evasive school board culture be successful over time.



What does the district’s motto “Opportunity for All” mean to you, and how would you support that mission?



LS: It means our students should have an opportunity to learn and take responsibility for maximizing that opportunity. I will support policies that focus on targeted programs to elevate students given their interests while building and creating problem-solving skills. As parents and taxpayers, we should have the opportunity to see the value from our taxes shown in our children’s education quality and confidence in creative problem solving. I will promote community and teacher partnerships to foster healthy collaboration.



What are the most significant challenges facing the school district, and how would you address those issues?



LS: As a management consultant and past professional teacher, the work culture of our schools needs improvement. Students are ignoring teachers knowing the teacher has little ability to enforce participation. I will work with administration to form a plan to restore classroom discipline and support our teachers. I’ve advised many organizations; I’ve never seen an evasive culture be successful in accomplishing their mission. There is little school board accountability or community feedback. Information is pushed to students that should involve the parents first. I will create open communication channels with our community to improve partnership and trust.



By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.



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