The GCISD School Board election seasons officially begins on the candidate filing deadline of February 17, view details here. But we can assure you plenty of planning and communications are already taking place.
Here’s a few options for citizens of Grapevine and Colleyville to get plugged into the conversations and to hear how the candidates will be addressing key concerns from our community.
Upcoming events: Continue to get the facts so your vote helps take back GCISD
Screening and Panel
Why It Matters for GCISD
- March 23, 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
- Screening “Backpack Full of Cash” a feature-length documentary
narrated by Matt Damon.
- Ask our panel of experts questions to better understand how this is relevant to North Texas schools.
Get the hard truth from higher ed professionals:
How do college admissions assess GCISD changes & challenges?
- A virtual panel discussion via Zoom giving you access to educators and admissions pros.
We’re working to get you a face to face with the candidates in April.
- If you can help volunteer to organize this event, please send an email
We also wanted to outline a few priority areas to be looking for when you talk with your friends, or if you get a chance to directly speak with a candidate.
Three things to consider when preparing a vote for School Board positions:
We need TRANSPARENCY in how the school board runs GCISD
- Will we be able to follow Trustee actions and contribute to decision making through an open, transparent process?
- Many concerned citizens of Grapevine and Colleyville question the legitimacy of the “balanced” budget. The New School Board Majority knowing not all expenses were reflected, has repeatedly claimed the budget was balanced, even though it is now being adjusted monthly.
- Watch the January School Board meeting (starting at 2 hrs 21 minutes) to hear the Interim CFO, describe the challenges and changes needed to manage the current GCISD budget.
We need to KEEP OUR TEACHERS because they are the key to an excellent education
- Will leadership make choices and support programs to keep our teachers, so we maintain our track record of excellence in education?
- Keeping teachers through appropriate raises, professional development supports and a healthy work environment is an option, to avoid the costs of hiring and recruiting and training a new generation of teachers.
- Since the New Board Majority assumed control, we have lost 175 EDUCATORS AND COUNTING. These spots have been replaced with 140 new hires on one-year probationary contracts.
View the tracker and see the truth for yourself.
We need public education to be first priority, including giving students choice within programs
- What can we do to maintain the differentiated learning programs that bring value for being known as a Destination District?
- Hasty actions will negatively impact the specialized learning options students and their families current have.
- Ensure we continue to uphold LEAD 2.0 plans, originally called LEAD 2021. And make sure School Board Trustees keep student success as a primary goal. You can find the full plan here.
- Students are prepared and informed to participate in programs and activities that align to their interests. Students are supported in growing their potential and making choices about their future. Students feel confident in selecting from our variety of programs and activities.