Fort Bend ISD Position 2 trustee Grayle James will not seek re-election to the board of trustees, she announced in a Jan. 4 press release. James—the current board secretary—is serving out her third term on the board, which expires in May.

“As I reflect on my service to Fort Bend ISD, I am humbled by your support and belief in me over these past nine years,” James said in the release. “The journey has been very rewarding through my experiences and the new friends I have made along the way. It has been an honor and privilege to serve this amazing district.”

During James’ time on the board, James served as board president, chair of the FBISD board’s Vision and Planning Committee and chair of the Policy Committee. Additionally, she was named a Master Trustee from the Texas Association of School Boards, according to the release.

In the release, James said she was proud of accomplishments the district achieved during her tenure as a trustee, including the H-E-B Excellence in Education—School Board of the Year award in 2017 and a favorable Program Management audit in 2019.

“FBISD has grown from a district of silos and secrets to one that strives for transparency to the staff and community in everything we do,” James said in the release. “We have gone from a district that often ignored achievement gaps and disparity, to one that seeks equity, offers all courses at all schools and values diversity and inclusion. Our District is a place where students can find and pursue their chosen path; where all students can reach their full potential.”

James’ announcement not to seek re-election comes on the heels of other changes to the FBISD board of trustees. Superintendent Charles Dupre announced his intent to resign by December 2021. Additionally, three new trustees were elected to the board Nov. 3 and sworn in Nov. 16.