KEEP WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE OUT OF BISD
EARLY VOTING APRIL 22 - 30
Saturday MAY 4th is Election Day for our non-partisan School Board position. I want to thank all the citizens, both democrat and republican, (& other!) for setting aside their personal/D.C. politics and voting in this non-partisan School Board race. Your support is fantastic! No labels or political agendas in the board room. We have seen that it is possible, and even encouraged, to set aside labels on our board. Our outgoing board member, Dale Adams, is president of the local Tea Party group, and our current member, Rich Sena, writes the ‘Write of Center’ column often in the local paper. We trust there is room for personal politics, even strongly held, but that they do not come into the board room. It is all about what is best for students, teachers, and our taxpayer $$. Your support is greatly appreciated (:
Knowledge of the law, legal system, and its impact on our kids, families, & community
Respect for the hard work that is teaching and firsthand experience with the challenges and rewards that are part of this essential role
Fought to prevent financial crimes that defraud and rob hard-working students and communities at large
Do you know how to talk with your school board? *Connect at Board Meetings
*Support students/teachers/ families through community resources
We are a DISTRICT OF INNOVATION - we must continue to bring all learners the very best and highest variety in educational offerings
Growth is not just about growing bigger, it's about growing BETTER!
CONNECTING & PROTECTING COMMUNITY:
Did you know that to speak at a BISD Board meeting you need to register prior to the meeting? How do you do that? You’ll get 5 min to be heard, if so, but no one can discuss your issue. Confusing? It doesn’t have to be --Let’s connect– and not just at monthly Board meetings. As your new board member I will be sure you know how & when you can talk with the Board. But I am also talking about connecting for the safety and security of our students. TxSARNet is a Statewide suspicious activity reporting (SAR) network sharing information and collaborating among local and national law enforcement agencies looking for matches & threat patterns. There were greater than 9,000 SAR reports in 2017 to the 7 fusion centers around Texas, but how do you report? How do students report? We have a “See Something Say Something” click on the BISD webpage, but who has that pulled up on their phone? Particularly during a crisis. Crisis planning is not only smart, it is required by both our State law and the U.S. Dept. of Education. Our District is legally required to ADOPT (37.108(a)), CONDUCT (37.108(b)) and REPORT to the Board of Trustees (37.108(c)) a crisis plan for man-made crisis. As an attorney, my legal awareness will aid our Board to be sure we are doing our best to follow the law to be prepared. This is one way we help both teachers and students focus on their main job. . .learning. As a former classroom teacher and as a mom, my compassion to connect teachers and students to needed resources, and to provide kindness and support they require, is never-ending.
PROMOTING INNOVATION: In BISD, we ARE a District of Innovation already– this is a plan our current Board adopted from 2018 – 2023. . . so what does it do? More aptly named a “District of Flexibility” it gives us more LOCAL CONTROL over things like our school calendar, but it can do so much more! Did you know that our current plan does not require teacher certification? This does not replace our valued certified faculty, but allows invited community members with great expertise to enrich/teach; much like an adjunct professor. Access to real-world experts to supplement curriculum? Now that’s innovation! Let’s see what other provisions we might like to incorporate. While there are areas that cannot be touched through local innovation plans or modifications to existing plans (like curriculum, State assessment system, district governance, Federal requirements, or school finance to name a few!), we can use this to our advantage to break free from many restrictions from a legal stand-point. Example: Requirement to have school disciplinary placements for students off campus – instead, a fact-specific situation may provide campus staff freedom in terms that best suit a particular student (perhaps, in certain situations, allowing that student to stay connected to band, or welding, or AP coursework). We can do this – every parent & teacher knows that one-size discipline does not fit all, in fact, this can really harm in the long term. Professionals/parents know best at the boots on the ground level—not the State telling us what is best. This is why the State has opened up these avenues to our localities. This is just one example from many possibilities--So many ways to enrich and strengthen all our students. Let’s get creative!
SMART GROWTH: How do you grow up strong and well-rounded? From strong families and schools that are also strong and well-rounded. We are not ready for a 3rd High School – our numbers do not support it, but we are ready to ensure each of our 6 elementary schools (+1 new), 2 middle schools (+1 new), and 2 high schools are on an appropriately even playing field. We rightly have a pride in our BISD system; we all know it is a selling point to come raise a family here in our beautiful community. Let’s make sure we are giving each facility the physical and human resources that we can. We should have equal pride in all school programs and facilities – no matter if redistricting occurs. We can do this by maximizing our $$ collected from you, the taxpayer, and watching expenditures like hawks to prevent any waste, fraud and abuse that may try to seep into our community. You trust in your school board trustees (there is no mistake in this term) to be guardians of your tax dollars, and transparent in transactions. Even more construction contracts may come our way, or will need to be finished out; whether through facility improvement or future building. Know that I am an experienced former white-collar crimes prosecutor ready to hold any and all accountable, question when others may not, and insist on the highest level of ethics and accountability. Just ask anyone that knows me.
For a trustee. . . your record matters.
"I have profited from my direct experiences as a former teacher and involvement with a whole spectrum of our community youth, and I would like to bring that to the table as a board member." -- Amy Lambiase
Amy Lambiase, a local attorney who formerly served as a teacher for seven years in the continental U.S. and abroad, has announced her candidacy for Place 5 on the Boerne ISD School Board.
Amy and her veteran Army Officer husband moved their family to Kendall County in 2012 for the highly-rated schools and warm community. They have watched their daughters grow and mature from elementary through high school, and are proud to have their youngest child graduate from Champion High School this Spring.
Amy’s love of teaching and involvement in education to address the whole-student has never stopped: whether creating a gymnastics program for the Dodds school where she taught abroad, coaching the Seoul American Elementary Ski Team (go Mighty Dolphins!), or Coaching the High School Mock Trial Team right here in Boerne for the last three years, she has always felt blessed to give back to her community. Amy has witnessed first-hand the generosity of community members that reach out to support and guide our young people.
“Whether working in my private practice, or as the former Chief Prosecutor for Kendall County under Don Allee, I have met some of our community youth in the justice system. This has led me to interact with the extensive programs we have educationally for those that go astray within B.I.S.D. and work with some of the professionals that are here to help. I am so proud of our school district for maintaining programming that guides all of our students to be their best selves; whether that is top notch AP and dual credit course work, or extending a hand to a student who is faltering. As a future member of the School Board, I want to continue to strengthen community ties to be sure all student and faculty needs are met at the highest quality level. It is so important that all feel valued and have pride in a community that cares about them specifically.”
Amy’s balanced view from the perspective of a former classroom teacher with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, licensed attorney with knowledge of school law, work with our young people in the justice system and teaching our students about the justice system make her uniquely qualified to serve. If elected, she states, “You will have a creative and resourceful trustee who takes the very word ‘trustee’ to heart; I pledge to be a worthy steward of your trust and work diligently and intelligently with those who already serve you.”
If you have questions, Amy can be reached at amy4BISD@gmail.com or check out her website at amy4bisd.com
Amy Lambiase is a current member of the Boerne Sunrise Rotary, past president and current member of the Kendall County Bar Association; Amy has worked as a prosecutor for both Kendall County and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Offices, the latter under Judge Susan Reed prosecuting all crimes and focusing on white collar crime to include prosecution of those who defraud school districts and cybercrimes that target children; She has established and runs her own local private law practice.
- in USA and for US Military Abroad
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Monday 4/22 – Friday 4/26 8:00 am – 6 pm
Saturday 4/27 10:00 am – 6 pm
Sunday 4/28 [closed]
Monday 4/29 – Tuesday 4/30 7:00 am – 7 pm
VAN RAUB ELEMENTARY–Dietz Elkhorn, Fair Oaks Ranch
KENDALL COURTHOUSE ANNEX–Fawn Valley Dr., Boerne
Saturday, May 4 – 7:00 am – 7 pm
PATRICK HEATH PUBLIC LIBRARY – Main St., Boerne
VAN RAUB ELEMENTARY – Dietz Elkhorn, Fair Oaks Ranch
This is a non-partisan race - come choose the most qualified person to serve in this important at-large volunteer position
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