Two vie for open Round Rock ISD Place 7 seat

Mason Mosesrph-2016-10-01-33-1

Experience: member of 2014 Citizens Bond, 2015 Strategic Planning, 2016 District of Innovation and Bond Oversight committees; worked for a Texas school district for the Regional Education Service Centers
512-677-7917 •

What would be your top priorities if you are elected?
My top priority would be to ensure that every child has a quality teacher, principal and school. This is accomplished by providing the necessary resources to each school and teacher so they can focus on what they do best: teach our students. We must also have active communication with our parents and community members to ensure that we are meeting their expectations and are providing desired learning opportunities for all students.

How should Round Rock ISD handle its future growth?
We must continue our planning efforts and have ongoing communication with parents and citizens to ensure they are aware of the challenges of a fast-growth district. This communication cannot just be during a bond process but should be continuous and persistent to ensure that we are consistently meeting the expectations of our community. We must also be sure that we articulating our long-term facility plans and provide opportunities for community input.

Tony Pittsrph-2016-10-01-33-2

Experience: Volunteer and mentor in RRISD; former substitute teacher; hall monitor at Stony Point High School 9th Grade Center; member of RRISD Strategic Planning and District of Innovation committees
512-825-5545 •

What would be your top priorities if you are elected?
The trustee elected to the board this year will hit the ground running. There is preparedness for a potential bond election next year, the implementation of the district’s schools of choice initiative and the ever-looming issue of school financing with which to contend. I will help to ensure that the needs and desires of our community are represented in the discussion and outcomes of these important concerns.

How should Round Rock ISD handle its future growth?
RRISD needs to maximize its existing capital resources. RRISD has excellent fiscal management, but it is not advantageous to the community to constantly build schools. We need to ensure we are getting the most out of existing structures and make capital improvements to support and improve established schools. If new facilities become necessary to address overcapacity, we can justify the expense and attention to important community concerns such as vertical alignment and student safety.

By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.