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Fort Worth ISD Board of Education: Our recommendations for crucial change

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Fort Worth ISD cafeteria workers are concerned the school board is considering outsourcing the high school cafeterias. School board members say there are no plans to do so but cafeteria managers and employees plead their case at the board meeting.
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Fort Worth ISD cafeteria workers are concerned the school board is considering outsourcing the high school cafeterias. School board members say there are no plans to do so but cafeteria managers and employees plead their case at the board meeting.

District 2

Includes Eastern Hills and Polytechnic high schools

With three of the four Fort Worth ISD Board of Education races on the ballot featuring open seats, badly needed change is coming to this often backbiting board.

But ironically, it is the District 2 race, which includes the incumbent board president, where change would be most welcome. We heartily recommend Chad McCarty for District 2 trustee.

McCarty was born and raised in Fort Worth and educated at TCU and, before that, the same Eastern Hills High School he would one day go on to be principal of before leaving to start a business.

A two-year football team captain while earning two degrees at TCU, and a 15-year teacher, coach and administrator in Fort Worth schools, McCarty has exhibited both teamwork and leadership. As principal, McCarty connected with kids and stood up to and suspended a famously problematic employee when the school board majority, including incumbent Tobi Jackson, inexplicably would not.

For teamwork, leadership, camaraderie and connectivity to the children Fort Worth schools serve, Chad McCarty is the clear choice for District 2 school board.

District 3

Includes Dunbar High School and Young Men’s Leadership Academy.

Quinton “Q” Phillips is the clear choice to succeed Christene Chadwick Moss as trustee of District 3. Growing up in the district’s historic Stop 6 community, he says he didn’t see many successful residents return. So he decided to, after graduating from Dunbar and Prairie View A&M University. He also has a master’s in theological studies at Palmer Theological Seminary.

Phillips is a former juvenile probation officer and now adjunct professor in criminal justice at TCU. He’s a founder of a cultural competency consulting firm and is co-founder of nonprofit Community Frontline, and is steeped in civic efforts aimed at race relations and cultural understanding.

We recommend District 3 voters add “school board trustee” to his already-lengthy résumé.

District 5

Includes Arlington Heights High School and Tanglewood Elementary.

This race features two learned, highly motivated candidates the district would be fortunate to have. On balance, we feel Carin “C.J.” Evans is the better choice.

Outgoing District 5 trustee Judy Needham endorses Evans, saying, “I can’t think of a stronger advocate for teachers, students and parents than CJ Evans.” Fluent in Spanish and having taught English in Mexico, Evans is an attorney with an eye on budgets and a parental advocate with her eye on kids, with four of her own in Fort Worth public schools. She’s on both a site-based committee and the District Advisory Committee.

By virtue of her well-rounded education, training and experience, Carin “C.J.” Evans is the definitive choice for District 5 trustee.

District 6

Includes South Hills High School and McLean Middle School.

This race is populated with three fine candidates. But it would be difficult to find a more engaged parent than candidate Lisa Saucedo, who’s logged multiple leadership roles in four schools’ parent-teacher associations. From PTAs to PTOs to the Council of PTAs to the district-wide Advisory Committee and Citizen Oversight Committee, Saucedo is uniquely fit to hit the ground running as a school board trustee.

The daughter of a Fort Worth ISD teacher and a product of Arlington Heights High, Saucedo is the ultimate child-and-parent advocate, unattached to either bureaucracy or special interest. As a business analyst with Texas Health Resources, she also can navigate high finance.

Lisa Saucedo has led at just about every grassroots level the district has to offer. District 6 school trustee is a natural next step.

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