The Woodlands Edition | October 2020

CANDIDATE Q&A

2020 Voter Guide

Get to know the candidates running in the general election

COMPILED BY BEN THOMPSON

Incumbent

Conroe ISD board of trustees, Position 6

Conroe ISD board of trustees, Position 7

STACEY CHASE

Occupation: social worker, homemaker Relevant experience: masters in social work, court-appointed special advocate, PTO president, advisor for National Charity League www.voteashley.org ASHLEY FEHRLE

Occupation: oil and gas operations MIESHA WEAVER

Occupation: clergy Relevant experience: SCOTT MOORE

Occupation: senior manager, internal audit for a global company Relevant experience: finance professional and CPA, CISD mother www.votestaceychase.com

Relevant experience: author, small business owner, vice president of PTO board, currently pursuing bachelor’s degree in logistics and supply chain management www.facebook.com/pg/votemw

Conroe ISD trustee, Rice Elementary PTO president, WatchDOGS program founder, Conroe High School football team chaplain www.reelectscottmoore.com

What are the main challenges now facing the district, and how would you plan to address them?

The [impact of the coronavirus] is the main challenge for the district. ... The district and school board will also need to contend with the academic risk and budget risk. It’s vital we make the right decisions now and short term to limit the consequences. I ... would like to implement a scorecard to transparently communicate to the community how the district is performing.

The main challenges currently facing our district are COVID-19 and the hybrid learning environment. The learning deficit due to a prolonged summer is exacerbated by hybrid teaching. ...We must adopt a position of continuous learning and improvements as we refine remote teaching techniques and methods while keeping the safety and health of everyone a priority.

COVID as we all know is the main challenge. I plan to work with our board and continue to improve safety measures, ensure the state is providing needed supplies, and work to keep communication open and provide it at a time that allows them to plan ahead.

The main issue facing the district today is our continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the questions of how to best educate children while keeping them safe. This issue is evolving on a daily basis. … I also believe that poverty is another huge issue facing our district. We have implemented new procedures to address our impoverished students and the difficulties we face. I have proven myself as a trustee willing to listen to ... citizens. During both of the bond referenda in 2019 and during the rezoning of schools in The Woodlands High School and College Park High School feeder zones I took the time to meet with concerned citizens, to hear the issues that they felt were important, and to represent those concerns to the board.

Why do you believe you would be a good voice to represent district residents on the board of trustees?

My professional career ... has honed my skills in financial stewardship and oversight, leadership and mentoring, integrity and discretion, building consensus ... and excelling in difficult situations. I will bring these skills to the school board. I am passionate about student achievement, staff development and preparing our children for the future ... in a fiscally responsible way.

I am a product of CISD and long-term resident of Montgomery County. My education in social work and experi- ence as an advocate for the children of Montgomery County have prepared me for this role. I served as PTO president for multiple terms and [led] parents and teachers in collaborative develop- ment projects that became a model for [other] schools.

I am a product of CISD and a mother to children currently in the district. I have served in the community ... with the YMCA, CISD volunteer, team mom on several youth programs and currently the vice president of programs for the PTO board at the local high school. As a woman, mother, parent of students in the district and person of color I bring the views of many ... to the table.

If elected, are there any new projects or policies you would like to see introduced in the district? Are there any you would change?

I would like to see a structured approach to collecting best practices ... to share that knowledge. I would also like to see more community and alumni engagement, leveraging the incredible resources we have in our community. ... I would like to see more emphasis on providing our teachers professional development support like mentoring, coaching [and] sponsorship.

Reading is the foundation of learning, but it is more challenging for dyslexic children. CISD has improved its efforts to serve this group, but more needs to be done, especially in the area of diagnostic testing. Serving all students means regardless of individual circumstances, whether in special education or gifted and talented.

It is my vision to see CISD further incorporate and expand skilled trade opportunities for our high school pro- grams [and] ensure that just as we are building new facilities to accommodate our growing community that we also don’t forget about our older facilities. ... I also want to take a look at our food vendors, and get feedback on current food options for the students.

I participated ... in a series of conver- sations around race relations in our community and how race and systemic racism affect our learning environment and ... our students. I would like those conversations [to] continue and that the recommendations ... be considered and acted upon. I will also ... advocate for a moratorium on high-stakes stan- dardized testing.

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