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Candidate Profile and Questionnaire: Mary Smith for LISD Trustee, Place 6

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/27 13:00:00 (2808 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal invited all candidates for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees to complete a questionnaire so that we and our readers could understand their experience, qualifications, and points of view. We will present each candidate's answers in full in their own articles here.

General Info

Candidate:Mary SmithOpen in new window
Office Sought:LISD Board of Trustees, Place 6
Campaign Website:N/A
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MarySmithPlace6
Occupation:Bus driver- Durham School Services for LISD
Education:High School: El Reno High School
College: Brookhaven College - Associate in Science 2008
Dallas Christian College - Bachelor of Science Biblical Studies 2012
Dallas Baptist University - Estimated graduation date 2016
Other: Masters Degree in progress



Basic Questions


LTJ: Have you ever run for or served in elected office before? If so, please list campaigns and offices held:

Smith: No.

LTJ: In the past year, how many public meetings for this governing body have you attended?

Smith: Could not physical attend due to other obligations that are now relived I have watched the meeting from home.

LTJ: Please list any professional certifications, personal enrichment, or continuing education related the position you're running for:

Smith: Masters Degree in progress at Dallas Baptist University.

LTJ: Do the skills from your profession apply to the position you'd like to win? How so?

Smith: Yes, building relationships with parents and students throughout the community.

LTJ: Do you have volunteer experience in any of the following? (Non-profits, Political Organizations, Governmental boards or committees, Schools, PTAs, Booster Clubs, Homeowner Associations, Other community organizations?) If so, please list.

Smith: Lewisville Housing Finance Corporation Place 4
Christian Community Action Angel Tree
Heavenly Depot back to school fair
Salvation Army- feeding the homeless
New Beginning Hospitality Committee

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Updated: Candidates for City, School Board Elections

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/26 19:00:00 (5988 reads)

Open in new windowEarly voting starts Monday, April 28th for the May 10th municipal elections. Highland Village and Flower Mound both cancelled their elections after none of the candidates drew challengers. Here are the candidates for the City of Lewisville and Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. (For voting locations, dates, and times, check here...)

Open in new windowLISD Board of Trustees
In the LISD trustee races, places 6 and 7, the seats held by Mike McDaniel and Carol Kyer are up for election this year. Mike McDaniel is not running for re-election.

We co-sponsored a candidate forum with Parents4LISD featuring all five of these candidates. You can watch the video here.


Place 6:

Open in new windowKristi Hassett, 43, of Flower Mound. Hassett is a community volunteer who formerly worked as a business analyst. She graduated from Marcus High School, and received her BBA from University of North Texas. She is a PTA Life Member.
- LTJ Candidate Questionnaire
- Hassett Facebook Page
- Hassett Campaign Website
- See press release below


Open in new windowMary Smith, 46, of Lewisville. Smith is a bus driver for Durham School Services, which provides transportation for LISD. She currently serves on the Lewisville Housing Finance Corporation board, and has volunteered with several local non-profits. She has a BS in Biblical Studies from Dallas Christian College
- LTJ Candidate Questionnaire
- Smith Facebook Page
- See press release below


Open in new windowKrista Stone, 50, of Flower Mound. Stone is an entrepreneur in the health clinic field. She has a BS in Education from UT Austin, and an MS in Healthcare administration from George Washington University. She also holds a Texas teaching certificate. Stone has volunteered for numerous non-profits.
- LTJ Candidate Questionnaire
- Stone Facebook Page




Place 7:

Open in new windowCarol Kyer, 49, of Flower Mound filed for re-election to what would be her sixth term in office. Kyer currently serves as the School Board President, a position selected by the trustees after each election. Kyer lists her occupation as professional volunteer.
- LTJ Candidate Questionnaire
- Kyer Campaign Website
- Kyer Facebook Page
- See press release below


Open in new windowTracy Scott Miller. 49, of Highland Village ran this past fall in the special election. Miller lists his occupation as Client Partner for a business transformation company. He has a BA in Computer Information Science from Judson University. Miller served on the Double Oak Town Council for 11 years.
- LTJ Candidate Questionnaire
- Miller Campaign Website
- Miller Facebook Page
- See press release below





Open in new windowLewisville City Council
In the Lewisville City Council races, places 1 and 3, the seats held by Leroy Vaughn and TJ Gilmore are up for election. Both have filed for re-election, but Gilmore does not have an opponent and will be re-elected. Regrettably, we did not get around to doing our own candidate questionnaire this year, so we'll link you to the Lewisville Leader's candidate questions:

- Lewisville Leader Questionnaire #1
- Lewisville Leader Questionnaire #2


Open in new windowLeroy Vaughn, 67, (Place 1) is a retired firefighter and code inspector who was first elected to Council in 2011. Prior to his election, he had served on the Community Development Block Grant committee and several others, including the 2010 Goals Committee. Vaughn has a B.A. in Political Science and Business from the University of North Texas, and a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
- Leroy Vaughn Facebook Page
- Leroy Vaughn Campaign website

Open in new windowMaryEllen F. Miksa has filed for place 1, against Vaughn. Miksa, 59, is a Human Resources Director who currently serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Vision 2025 Committee. Miksa has a Bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas.
- Miksa Facebook Page
- See press release in the comments below


Open in new windowTJ Gilmore, 41, (Place 3) is a sales executive who was first elected to City Council in 2011. He has a Bachelors in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Arizona, and has lived in Lewisville for 13 years. Prior to his service, he served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, and Community Development Block Grant committee, as well as the Oil and Gas Ordinance Review Committee.
- TJ Gilmore Campaign Website
- TJ Gilmore Facebook Page

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Candidate Profile and Questionnaire: Krista Stone for LISD Board of Trustees - Place 6

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/25 19:12:20 (1994 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal invited all candidates for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees to complete a questionnaire so that we and our readers could understand their experience, qualifications, and points of view. We will present each candidate's answers in full in their own articles here.

General Info

Candidate:Krista StoneOpen in new window
Office Sought:LISD Board of Trustees, Place 6
Campaign Website:N/A
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vote4kstone/1466079406957170
Occupation:Entrepreneur - Health Care Clinics
Education:High School: Houston, TX
College: B.S. Education - The University of Texas at Austin, 1987
M.S. Healthcare Administration - The George Washington University, Washington, DC., 1995"
Other: Texas teaching certificate


Basic Questions


LTJ: Have you ever run for or served in elected office before? If so, please list campaigns and offices held:

Stone: N/A

LTJ: In the past year, how many public meetings for this governing body have you attended?

Stone: A couple

LTJ: Please list any professional certifications, personal enrichment, or continuing education related the position you're running for:
Stone: Texas Teaching Certificate

LTJ: Do the skills from your profession apply to the position you'd like to win? How so?

Stone: Yes, I believe my professional background complements the makeup of the Board. My business experience, coupled with a teaching degree, has always included serving the needs of the public and the customer I serve is the community. The individuals have always been uniquely diverse with an extremely broad spectrum of needs.

I have over 25 years business and management experience. Areas of expertise include business development, operations, strategic planning, new service line development, company startups, financial data, demographic and statistical analyses, marketing and regulation.

I also taught for a couple of years after earning a Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Texas in Austin.

LTJ: Do you have volunteer experience in any of the following? (Non-profits, Political Organizations, Governmental boards or committees, Schools, PTAs, Booster Clubs, Homeowner Associations, Other community organizations?) If so, please list.

Stone: American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Make-A-Wish, PTA, Schools, past HOA VP, various political campaign work.

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Candidate Profile and Questionnaire: Tracy Scott Miller for LISD Trustee, Place 7

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/22 23:20:00 (3088 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal invited all candidates for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees to complete a questionnaire so that we and our readers could understand their experience, qualifications, and points of view. We will present each candidate's answers in full in their own articles here.

General Info

Candidate:Tracy Scott MillerOpen in new window
Office Sought:LISD Board of Trustees, Place 7
Campaign Website:www.tracyscottmiller.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/TSMiller4LISD
Twitter:https://twitter.com/TSMiller4LISD
Occupation:Client Partner for a business transformation company
Education:High School: Lena-Winslow High School
College: Judson University, 1986, BA Computer Information Science


Basic Questions


LTJ: Have you ever run for or served in elected office before? If so, please list campaigns and offices held:

Miller: Yes. I served 11 years on the Double Oak Town Council and I ran for the LISD Board of Trustee, Place 3 position last November.

LTJ: In the past year, how many public meetings for this governing body have you attended?

Miller: Including workshops I've been to 8 meetings and watched every meeting and workshop available on-line back to 2010.

LTJ: Please list any professional certifications, personal enrichment, or continuing education related the position you're running for:

Miller: Studied at Yale University and Dallas Theological Seminary

LTJ: Do the skills from your profession apply to the position you'd like to win? How so?

Miller: My job is a global position where I have had the opportunity to engage the global workforce and gain an appreciation for, and understanding of, the local and global high performance jobs (vocational or college degree’d) that we are preparing LISD students to enter.

I bring a level of knowledge and working experience in the fields of technology and finance in both public service and the global workforce. I also have a strong understanding of the local, state, national, and global education issues impacting our students, families, teachers, and our competitiveness in the global market place. I do alot of homework. I am naturally inquisitive and I will ask the questions in public that most families and tax payers want to know from our board and our district. I have no obligations or allegiances to the existing board members, and therefore can maintain my independence and objectivity. I will be a very active participant in the board’s decisions and their actions publically and privately (where allowed by law.) I have been trained in the Texas Public Funds Investment Act and have many hours of training in the Texas Open Meetings Act.

I believe I bring the right type of leadership and dynamic energy to ensure that LISD continues to improve and transform. LISD has put itself in the spotlight and scrutiny of digital learning; hence we need new leadership on our school board with deeper technology and finance experience. I bring integrity, leadership, and the technology experience necessary to carry forward the traditions of LISD while navigating the new frontier of digital learning and curriculum design/integration.

LTJ: Do you have volunteer experience in any of the following? (Non-profits, Political Organizations, Governmental boards or committees, Schools, PTAs, Booster Clubs, Homeowner Associations, Other community organizations?) If so, please list.

Miller: As an Eagle Scout, I take to heart my childhood pledge of life-long service to others.

I currently volunteer, teach, and mentor for Junior Achievement Dallas. Recently I completed my new volunteer training for Communities in School of North Texas, and will strive to help LISD teens who are facing homelessness. Our family became intimately and personally familiar with the unexpected ways that teens can suddenly find themselves with no permanent address and dwindling options.

I am a member of the Highland Village Rotary Club, Marcus High School PTSA, Lewisville Area Republican Club, and the Flower Mound Area Republican Club. My family and I are members of The Village Church in Flower Mound. I have been, and continue to be, involved in global missions in China, India, and Europe.

I have served on several school booster clubs and was President of the Twin Lakes Owners Association in Double Oak, a board I served on for 10 years.

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Candidate Profile and Questionnaire: Kristi Hassett for LISD Board of Trustees, Place 6

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/21 22:55:48 (2054 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal invited all candidates for the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees to complete a questionnaire so that we and our readers could understand their experience, qualifications, and points of view. We will present each candidate's answers in full in their own articles here.

General Info

Candidate:Kristi HassettOpen in new window
Office Sought:LISD Board of Trustees, Place 6
Campaign Website:www.hassett4lisd.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/Hassett4LISD
Occupation:Community Volunteer. Formerly a Business Analyst.
Education:High School: Marcus High School
College: BBA from University of North Texas with a concentration in Strategic Management, 1988-1992
Other: N/A


Basic Questions


LTJ: Have you ever run for or served in elected office before? If so, please list campaigns and offices held:

Hassett: No.

LTJ: In the past year, how many public meetings for this governing body have you attended?

Hassett: I have attended approximately 80% of the board meetings over the past 12 months. I have also attended board meetings in Arlington ISD and Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD to compare and contrast the dynamics of the boards.

LTJ: Please list any professional certifications, personal enrichment, or continuing education related the position you're running for:

Hassett: N/A

LTJ: Do the skills from your profession apply to the position you'd like to win? How so?

Hassett: As a Business Analyst I was responsible for transforming the goals of the client into reality. I am uniquely qualified because I have been directly involved with current education issues and have knowledge of state and federal mandates. I am an advocate for education and our children at the local level by taking my concerns directly to the administration as well as participating in district committees. I have testified at the state level in the House and Senate Education Committees for a reduction of the burdens of excessive testing and for local control. I want to advocate for all students within LISD.

LTJ: Do you have volunteer experience in any of the following? (Non-profits, Political Organizations, Governmental boards or committees, Schools, PTAs, Booster Clubs, Homeowner Associations, Other community organizations?) If so, please list.

Hassett: INSIDE LISD (Interested Neighbors Staying Informed of District Efforts)
State education lobbyist in conjunction with TAMSA and Texas PTA
Lewisville ISD House Bill 5 Committee
Parkway Elementary PTA
Wellington Elementary PTA
Wellington Elementary Yearbook Editor
McKamy Middle School PTA
Flower Mound High School PTSA Legislative Chair
Received Texas PTA Life Membership Award
Cub Scout Pack 256
Boy Scout Troop 262

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Videos: Lewisville City Council Retreat - April 17th, 18th, 19th

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/19 8:10:00 (1458 reads)

The Lewisville City Council held its annual Council Retreat this year on April 17th, 18th, and 19th at The Lakes of Castle Hills Golf Club. This retreat is led by Assistant City Manager Donna Barron, and is focused on the Vision 2025 Plan that has been in the works for the past year. We'll post videos here as we get them completed.

Note: "Big Moves" listed are basically broad classifications of goals, based on combined Vision 2025 Plan committee recommendations, but the numbering should not be interpreted as priorities.

Documents backing up the presentation are here.
Big Moves Map

Thursday Night
Intro to Castle Hills
Intro to Vision 2025


Friday
Big Move #1: The Green Centerpiece


Big Move #2: Extending the Green

(Computer decided to screw up the above video 3 times after processing each for over 2 hours, then get the wrong size on try #4. We'll replace it if we can.)

Big Move #3: Old Town


Big Move #4: Thriving Neighborhoods


Big Move #5: New Neighborhood Choices


Big Move #8: Marketing and Communications


Big Move #9: Sustainability


Saturday
Big Move #6: Employment Centers


Big Move #7: Identity Focal Points

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Council Offering Donna Barron the City Manager Post

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/18 16:35:09 (2460 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

The Lewisville City Council has scrapped a plan that would have used an outside search firm to identify candidates for the City Manager position and instead has offered the position to current Assistant City Manager Donna Barron. Monday night the Council is expected to vote on the appointment, but we expect that it is just a formality at this point.

Current City Manager Claude King announced earlier this year that he was planning to retire at the end of April. At that meeting the City Council directed King to put out a request for bids for executive search firms who could help the city locate qualified candidates for the position. The City received eight bids with fees ranging from $14,000 - $19,000 for the search, plus expenses in the $5,000 - $7,500 range.

Barron has worked for the City of Lewisville since 1990, and has served in the Assistant City Manager role since 1996 when she was promoted from her role as Human Resources Director by then City Manager Chuck Owens. Although Barron’s 24 years of service to the City makes her eligible for retirement, the 54 year old says she still plans to work until she is at least age 60.

Barron will be the first woman to serve in Lewisville’s City Manager role. The Lewisville City Council is all male, but of the four positions the City Council directly hires, three are held by women: City Secretary Julie Heinze, City Attorney Liz Plaster, and now City Manager Donna Barron. “I don’t think I’ve ever been treated differently because I’m a female,” said Barron. “I’ve had the same opportunities as everyone else. I’m truly blessed,” she added.

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Video: Trustee Candidates at LTJ/Parents4LISD Student Voter Forum

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/17 23:11:19 (1102 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal and Parents4LISD co-hosted a candidate forum for LISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday, specifically formatted for students of voting age.

Students from Lewisville High School and Flower Mound High School asked some surprisingly good questions of the candidates.


Video by Seth Southwell - 9th Grade, LHS Ben Harmon Campus

The Lewisville Texan Journal thanks all of the students who participated in the forum, as well as all of the candidates who spent their time with us for two hours. Also huge thanks go to Parents4LISD for doing most of the work on this, and to First United Methodist Church in Lewisville for the use of their facility.

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Board Tours LISD Westside Aquatic Center

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/4/17 22:30:00 (5433 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Members of the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees got a preview Monday night of the new Westside Aquatic Center, which has been recently completed at a cost of about $20 million. The facility is located on FM 3040 / Round Grove Road, just behind the Lewisville High School Ben Harmon Campus.

The state-of-the-art, three-story facility will be used for swimming and diving teams from Lewisville High School, Flower Mound High School, and Marcus High School. The building has 1,200 seats, and can accommodate 800 swimmers for a competition. There are locker rooms for both students and members of the public who want to swim during open times. A row of North-facing windows at the top of the building let in natural light without afternoon glare and heating. There is a concession stand on the second level.

The building has two pools. A smaller warm-up pool on the East side of the building is kept at 88 degrees. The much-larger main pool is kept at 79 degrees, and is certified for competition by USA Swimming. With eight 50-meter lanes, this pool has two moveable bulkhead platforms that span the width of the pool, and partition it into sections that can accommodate different events, such as lap swimming, water polo, or diving. One of the platforms, at 8 feet wide, is thought to be the largest in North America. The deep end of the pool is on the West side, and has two low diving boards, and two high diving boards. Agitators on that side of the pool keep the water surface disturbed so that divers can see where the surface of the water is.

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LTJ, Parents4LISD to Host Student Voter Forum April 15th

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/4/13 19:00:00 (3100 reads)

Open in new windowIn a large school district like Lewisville ISD, we have as many as several thousand high school students who are 18 years old, and eligible to vote. Since students are much closer to what goes on in our schools, we think they may have some relevant questions for the candidates who seek to serve on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees.

The Lewisville Texan Journal, along with the parent group Parents4LISD will host a candidate forum on April 15th, 2014, featuring questions written by students who are eligible voters. The two-hour forum will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 907 W. Main St., in Lewisville. All of the candidates for Place 6 and Place 7 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees have been invited.

What: Lewisville ISD Board Candidate Forum, with questions provided by students in the district who are eligible to vote.
Where: First United Methodist Church, 907 W. Main St., Lewisville, TX [Map]
When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Who: The public is invited. Parents and voting-age students are especially encouraged to attend.

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