YEARS IN CFISD: 27
SUBDIVISION: Copper Lakes Estates
OCCUPATION: Senior Pastor of First Metropolitan Church
SPOUSE: Evelyn L. Ogletree, PhD
CHILDREN: Johnny, 43; Lambreni, 41; Joseph, 34; Jordan, 30
Why did you choose to live in CFISD?
We searched for a community to raise our children that was safe and offered a quality education. We also wanted a school district that our children could excel academically, socially, and athletically preparing them for life after graduation.
Are you currently a CFISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?
I am an elected volunteer (unpaid) for every school in our district. As board member I attend two board meetings per month as well as other meetings to further the goals of the district. I along with the other board members visit a minimum of 14 schools each school year. In addition, I attend the VIPs luncheon yearly, Retirement banquets, and the annual Salute to the Stars banquet.
List your participation in CFISD school and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees.
I am a member of the CFISD “faith-based” meetings and attend the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce luncheons when possible.
Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in previous question.
My wife taught in the district and served as a school counselor. Before my children graduated, I participated in all their school activities.
List Cy-Fair organizations in which you currently participate, including offices held.
I serve as the Senior Pastor of First Metropolitan Church. We are located on the Beltway feeder at 8870 W. Sam Houston Parkway N. near West Road. We have a congregation of mostly Cy-Fair residents and we are very active serving our community. We adopted and enjoy our partnership with Cook Middle School. We also have a day care, a food pantry and thrift shop to serve our community.
Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?
I enrolled in Leadership TASB to sharpen my skills and graduated with a “Master Trustee” designation. I was Board president when we chose our current superintendent. As Board members, we have worked to support the administration to a continued production of excellence in public education. I have voted to maintain our district’s homestead exemption as well as provide much-deserved employee raises. During my term our board received the distinction of “Board of the Year.”
What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?
Our main role is governance: approving budgets, contracts, personnel appointments, setting policy, determining and setting educational standards as well as evaluating outcomes. Each year we assist in setting yearly goals for the district and it is our responsibility to evaluate the superintendent each year based on these goals. We are also charged with being advocates of public education and specifically the goals and achievements of our district.
What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?
Having positive relations are essential to student success. The Board and the superintendent are called the “team of eight.” We have to work in harmony with one goal in mind—quality public education for all children. Serving on a team means there can be no individual agendas. The children must be our priority and positive relations will help accomplish our goals.
What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?
1) Addressing the changing demographic makeup while ensuring every child’s opportunity through continued training and hiring skilled people as administrators and teachers.
2) Keeping a motivated, high-skilled work force to educate our children by creating an environment for employees to excel in their field and continue to be competitive with salaries.
3) Maintaining our accountability rating along with our constant growth by continuously setting higher standards and never resting on our reputation and past accomplishments.