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Shor, Watten seeking re-election to C-FBISD board
Frank Shor of Place 6 and Nancy Watten of Place 7 will seek re-election to the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District board of trustees, while Lynn Chaffin of Place 5 does not plan to seek re-election.
The election will take place May 11.
Chaffin, who has served on the board since 1998, said, “I think it is time for me to explore other opportunities and give someone else a chance to serve in this position. My time on the school board during the past 15 years had been a very humbling and rewarding experience for me.”
Shor said, “Based upon the ranking system of the Educational Resource Group, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District’s academic performance ranks in the top 10 percent of the 200 largest school districts in the state of Texas. My goal will be to continue to challenge the administration with respect to ‘the means’ advocated toward achieving our universal goal of “high achievement for all students.”
He added, “Despite the challenges of decreased funding and a transient student population, our district has continually improved during the six years that have been a member of the board of trustees. It would be both naïve and arrogant for to suggest that is because of me. However, my being recognized as a Master Trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards certainly helps our district’s efforts in becoming the number one ranked school district in the state by the Educational Resource Group.”
Watten said, “As a school board member for six years and as a former classroom teacher of 32 years, I think it is important to have an educator on the board of trustees. We are most fortunate to have a knowledgeable and dedicated group of seven who bring a variety of expertise into our discussions and decisions. But, the other six members are always interested in my perspective as a former instructor of children.”
She added, “I am hoping that our state legislature and governor will finally comprehend that our staffs are so overloaded with preparing for the state-mandated tests that they are squeezed for time in presenting the actual curriculum. It has resulted in high stress and low morale amongst our educators.”
She continued, “Serving on our C-FBISD Board. of Trustees for the past six years has allowed me to associate with board members throughout the state. I always wear my nametag proudly as we are the envy of other districts. We are fortunate to have administrators and supervisors who carefully watch our ‘purse strings’ and who always keep ‘high achievement for all children’ a priority in their decisions. Thanks to these leaders we have been able to maintain programs that many other districts have had to eliminate.”
“One of the areas I would hope to strengthen in the near future is to add more instructional aides to all of our schools,” she said. “Because of the increased testing, our district's changing demographics and the demanding paperwork, their responsibilities are multiplied each year. These personnel are critical to our students' education.”
She concluded, “I am also filing to serve once again on the CFBISD Board of Trustees in order to continue my dedication to the maintenance of the excellent quality and reputation of our school district.”
The filing period began last week and continues through March 1 in the office of the superintendent in the C-FBISD’s administration office at 1445 N. Perry Road in Carrollton.
Candidates may file between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.