Lake Travis - Westlake | October 2020

CANDIDATE Q&A

2020 Voter Guide

Get to know the candidates running in the general election

COMPILED BY AMY RAE DADAMO

EANES ISD SCHOOL BOARD, PLACE 1

202021 TAX RATE

KIM MCMATH

JOHN TROY

Occupation: entrepreneur, helping schools and education organizations hire and retain sta Relevant experience: education hiring expert, parent volunteer, Eanes district-wide committee, 8 years of service on nonprot school boards 512-693-7490 | www.johnytroy.org

Occupation: attorney with a private investment rm, acting as a legal and business counsel Relevant experience: EISD School Healthy Advisory Council, Bond Oversight Committee, “We Are Eanes” PAC Treasurer, Bond Advisory Committee www.kimforeanes.com

Eanes ISD is proposing a voter-approved tax rate election, which could generate about $3.3 million in funding without raising taxes, according to the district. Trustees approved a tax rate of $1.1164 per $100 valuation during an Aug. 17 board meeting—a decrease from last year’s rate of $1.13. Despite the lower tax rate, a proposed golden penny election could keep the district in good nancial standing, according to Chief Financial Ocer Chris Scott. Under House Bill 3, a school nance bill passed by the Legislature in 2019, districts can obtain eight golden pennies, which are pennies that are not subject to annual recapture payments within the maintenance and operations tax rate. EISD currently holds six golden pennies. Voters will decide Nov. 3 whether EISD can increase the golden penny fund by $0.02, consequently raising the M&O rate from a proposed $0.9764 to $0.9964. The district will also decrease its interest and sinking rate, or debt services rate, by the same amount, resulting in no increase in the overall tax bill.

Why are you running for the Eanes ISD board of trustees?

I’m running for the students, teachers and administrators who strive for excellence every day in Eanes public schools. The board’s role is to set community priorities and work with the administration to ensure those priorities are met. I have the personal and professional skills, experience and expertise to help do that as a board member. I have been involved with our schools for 11+ years, both in my childrens’ classrooms and activities and also volunteering in ways that had nothing to do with my children but [aect] the entire district.

I bring a new perspective. No other board member or candidate currently has elementary children. Our community benets from dierent perspectives addressing each problem. With half of our students in elementary, a current elementary perspective is important yet unrepresented. I have prior school board experience. I served for eight years on two public charter school boards. I founded and run an education-sector search rm that helps schools and education nonprots hire for leadership roles. I have worked in talent recruitment in education for more than 10 years.

IFGOLDEN PENNIESARE APPROVED

IFGOLDEN PENNIESARE NOTAPPROVED

How do you believe the district should balance EISD families’ desire for in-person learning with on-campus safety?

I want to get back to normal. I hope we get back to normal soon. But until we do, we must rely on those medical and scientic experts who know best about protection from this disease. The experts—federal, state and local—all mandate safety protocols requiring social distance and mask wearing in school. With this in mind, we cannot have too many students in a classroom. The district’s plan to transition students back into the classroom slowly, to highlight and address any problems, looks at the safety of students in the classrooms. A slow transition allows the schools to address any situation that arises to keep everyone safe. Safely getting children back in the classroom, the budget, attracting and retaining talented teachers and meeting educational needs. What are the top issues facing the district?

The way we balance this may need to be dierent at dierent grade levels. The smaller class sizes and structure of an elementary school present very dierent challenges than our middle schools and high school. We also should want to create an environment where our school reopening is sustainable for a successful school year and not just for one day. Finally, as a community we have to care for each other’s mental health, too, by ensuring teachers feel safe and supported returning to our schools and by supporting parents as they balance the ever blurring lines between home life, school life, and work life.

$0.9964 MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONSRATE

$0.9764 MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS RATE

$0.12 DEBT SERVICE RATE

$0.14 DEBT SERVICE RATE

$1.1164

$1.13

TOTAL:

TOTAL:

per $100 valuation

per $100 valuation

The budget, diversity, equity and inclusion and COVID-19.

SOURCE: EANES ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Answers may have been edited for length. Read full Q&A’s at communityimpact.com/vote .

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