Leslie Martone



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      Leslie Martone

      Leslie Martone will run for Position 3 in the 2023 Cypress Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees Election and drew the No. 1 ballot position.

      Position 3, Ballot Position 1

      YEARS IN CFISD: 37  
      OCCUPATION: President of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce 
      SPOUSE: Michael Martone 
      CHILDREN: Nate (22) Cy-Fair HS Class of 2020, Jacob (20) Cy-Ranch HS Class of 2021 

      Why did you choose to live in CFISD?

      My husband and I knew we wanted our kids to be in a great school district and we knew Cy-Fair was the place to be. We also heard so many great things about the community and all the amenities and diversity of businesses, restaurants and medical facilities. 

      Are you currently a CFISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?

      Yes, Bus Buddy for Andre, Lamkin, and Adam Elementary 

      Have you been a CFISD volunteer in the past (include years)?

      Yes! I was on a CPOC committee at Lamkin Elementary (2009), member of 2 Long Range Planning committees, volunteer for the POD during the recovery of Hurricane Harvey (2017) 

      List your participation in CFISD school and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees.

      Bus Buddy, CPOC, Long Range Planning, CFISD Health EXPO, CLC, Superintendent search focus group 

      Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in previous question.

      I communicate and work with various members of Dr. Henry's cabinet for events and initiatives throughout the year. I also stay involved, educated and informed on board issues to stay in touch current issues the district is facing. 

      List local organizations in which you currently participate, including offices held.

      Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce - President
      Cy-Fair Educational Foundation - Trustee and Volunteer

      Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?

      I have a certification through the US Chamber of Commerce in Organizational Management. I have helped consult in boards I have sat on as well as other non-profits in their board structure and management. I stay informed on challenges in the district through my membership on the CLC committee and attending board meetings throughout the year. I volunteer when I can in the district and enjoy visiting campuses when given the opportunity. 

      What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?

      The Board of Trustees are in place to set policy, ensure compliance with TEA standards and state law, encourage administration, approve a budget, set a tax rate, approve attendance zones, hire the Superintendent, and listen and communicate with the community on concerns and questions.

      What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?

      First and foremost, we must model behavior of how to manage conflict in a respectful and efficient way. We may not all agree on a given topic, but we should be able to work together for the common goal of success in our students and support of our teachers and staff. 

      What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?

      I believe the most critical challenge in our district right now is funding. We need to have our basic allotment raised to match the rising costs of everything due to inflation. Our elected officials in Austin need to hear our voice asking for more money to pay our teachers and support our important programs that help our students to be 21st century learners with a well rounded opportunity for extracurricular activities. 



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