Tomball - Magnolia Edition | March 2021

CANDIDATE Q&A

Get to know the candidates running in the local election

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May 1 Election day May 1 Last day to receive ballot by mail (unless late-arriving deadline applies)

April 19 First day of early voting April 20 Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) April 27 Last day of early voting

Magnolia ISD board of trustees, Position 6

Incumbent

COMPILED BY ADRIANA REZAL

Why are you running for election to the MISD board?

What is the most important role of a school board member?

What do you believe are MISD’s biggest challenges at this time?

I have a deep conviction to preserve and protect public education. Our kids and our community deserve a school district that oers a quality education that isn’t watered down or agenda driven. As a Christian conservative, I want to do my part in always trying to improve the readiness of Magnolia ISD graduating seniors as they move on to their respective career trades, college, or serving in a branch of the military. Due to schools implementing a progressive teaching philosophy of Social Emotional Learning ... instead of fact-based learning, we need to give students an education which will give them an equal opportunity to succeed in the world, not one which is merely looking for equal outcomes. ... My life experiences, excel- lent classical education, teaching experience, and the fact that I’m a native Texan will helpme bring a conservative and traditional approach.

School board trustees are ultimately over- seers or stewards of the district. The tech- nically dened roles of a school board are setting the tax rate, approving the budget and hiring the superintendent. ... Trustees should have a balanced role of encouraging and coming alongside the administration to work together for the good of the students and teachers by representing all taxpayers in Magnolia in a scally responsible way. A school board trustee should endeavor to be ... an advocate for and representative of the students and parents of the district, and never a proponent of any curriculum policy or action. That would adversely aect that commitment to my integrity as a trustee.

COVID[-19], masks, and vaccinations are the big elephant in the room right now and how to respond to that. ...It is my opinion that masks should be optional from this point forward for teachers and students. ... Unfortunately it has become such a political football that people have become very passionate about one side or the other and shaming each other instead of respecting each individual’s personal choice. As someone who’s lived here 35 years, I have seen incredible changes in this area. ... I believe the greatest challenge is our bur- geoning population with an inux of people from dierent states all over. ... There’s also a need for more qualied teachers as we expand and get better. ... There’s a need for new campuses as well. I will be keeping myself informed on all aspects of these and other challenges which may arise.

Occupation: Optometrist, owner of Moatt Eye Care Experience: trustee since 2015 www.facebook.com/travis.moatt.739 TRAVIS MOFFATT

SHARON C. CRAIG

Occupation: Retired teacher

Experience: former Mag- nolia High School teacher; Extraordinary Education teacher www.facebook.com/sharon.craig.566

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

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