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Northwest ISD Board of Trustees, Place 6

Trustees are elected to specific positions but represent their entire independent school district and have the following responsibilities mandated by State and Federal laws: select and employ the superintendent, manage public schools, establish operating policies, monitor expenses, adopt and approve a budget, and adopt employment policies. Additionally, they have the authority to set tax rates, levy and collect taxes, buy and sell property, exercise eminent domain, accept donations, charge fees, and call bond elections. Trustees elect their own officers: President or Chair, (Vice president or vice chair), Secretary and Treasurer.Please note: Extra postage in the amount of $.70 is required to return a voted absentee ballot from NWISD. See link below to Tarrant County Elections information. http://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections/Upcoming-Election-Information/absentee-ballot-extra-postage-required.html

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    Lillian Rauch

  • Jennifer Zazula

Biographical Information

Why are you running for the school board and how does your background prepare you for this office?

How will you balance school district revenue with educational needs?

Explain how you will use your position to improve the quality of education for all students.

What, if anything, should be done to ensure that all members of your community can enjoy a healthy, sustainable and protected environment?

What are the most important issues facing your school district, and how would you address them?

Occupation Retired Educator
Education I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Reading Education. I have the following certifications;Teaching, Principal, ESL, Early Childhood Education, Dyslexia, Reading Recovery Teacher, and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.
Experience I have six years of experience as a NISD School Board Trustee, completed 208 hours of continuing education for school board members through TASB, 40 years in education,and worked for NISD for 13 years as a classroom teacher and interventionist.
I am seeking reelection to the NISD School Board because I want to continue to contribute to the community and NISD, and improve the quality of the schools in a way that best serves the students, teachers, and the community. I believe my education, 6 years of trustee experience, and 13 years working in the district have prepared me for this office.
This is being done by routinely consulting demographers, financial experts, and having a Long- Range Planning Committee. This committee is made up of various community members and educators, to determine our educational and financial needs, what is best for our students, our educators, our communities, how and when it should be done.
I will be a responsible steward, take a reasoned, researched approach to do what is needed to maintain and improve the quality of education in a way that best serves every student and all the communities in our district, hold high expectations for student learning which are communicated through our district vision and goals, and monitor the goals.
Providing our students and staff with a clean, safe, face to face learning environment, clean, safe buses, and now the optional remote learning, affects all the members of all of communities all the time, but especially in light of the current pandemic. NISD is continuously upgrading our campus security to protect our student, staff, and families.
I believe the most important issues for Northwest ISD are providing our students with a quality education in a safe learning environment during this pandemic, addressing our students' social-emotional needs, accommodating our rapid growth and enormous change, unfunded legislative mandates, and decreased state funding. I would address these by being an informed and active part of the team of eight, staff, families, and communities who are proactively addressing these issues.
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