Note: The following information was submitted by the candidate in preparation for the school board election.
Current Board Term expires: 11/2019
Responses as of: 09/2012
Your full name: Darcy Ann Mingoia (I prefer Darcy Mingoia in all publications.)
Spouse’s name: Robert Peter Mingoia (He prefers Bob Mingoia.)
Megan Mingoia Collins, 36 years old, Jersey Village High School, Class of 1993
Michael Robert Mingoia, 35 years old, Jersey Village High School, Class of 1996
Occupation and company:
Executive Director, Lone Star College Foundation
President, Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, 1998-2007.
Barrington Woods at Champions
Years lived within CFISD:
Why did you choose to live in CFISD?
My husband Bob and I moved to CFISD because of its reputation. We wanted an excellent public education for our children, and that is exactly what each received. Megan and Michael graduated from Jersey Village High School. After their graduations from Tulane University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively, both began careers and are still employed as engineers. CFISD prepared them well for their successful college years.
Are you currently a CFISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?
I speak to high school students on career days and about scholarships and college preparation.
If not, have you been a CFISD volunteer in the past (include years)?
I have served as a mentor and a reader and a participant in the Bus Buddies program in the past.
List your participation in CFISD school and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees.
When my children were in school, I was active in PTO, serving as President; and in booster clubs – including serving as President of Gold Dusters and Treasurer of Falcon Band. Jersey Village High School nominated me, and I was subsequently named a “Hometown Hero” by Warner Cable in 1996. When I worked as President of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce (1998-2007), I served on bond, calendar, career and technology and legislative committees.
Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in question (9)(a).
I was an active member of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation for 18 years, and my husband and I have a scholarship endowment. Much of my work at Cy-Fair Chamber centered on education-related initiatives, including the campaigns to create Lone Star College-CyFair and to adopt the Freeport Exemption to attract and retain manufacturing and storage/distribution facilities. I was a CFISD substitute teacher from 1986-1990 and served on Jersey Village City Council from 1989-1993.
List Cy-Fair organizations in which you currently participate, including offices held.
Towne Lake Management District, President
Barrington Woods at Champions HOA, Secretary
American Heart Association – Northwest Harris County Division volunteer
Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?
Our community must support the continued quality of CFISD. It is a far easier task to educate young people so that they can be gainfully employed than to deal with the wide spectrum of social issues if they are not. I believe my unique business skills, strategic thinking ability and the wide variety of roles I have experienced as a CFISD parent and community volunteer will serve the school board and District well.
What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?
The Board of Trustees has governance responsibilities including approving budgets, contracts and personnel appointments as well as hiring and evaluating the Superintendent, attorney and internal auditor. The board must establish and review educational standards and goals. The board represents and reflects the community and must always consider the students’ welfare.
What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?
A team, all committed to increasing the quality of CFISD and considering students’ best interests, will always achieve and accomplish more than a divisive, disruptive group of individuals focused on distinct, different, and competing goals and interests.
What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?
CFISD has consistently produced high-level graduates despite financial constraints and fast growth. But challenges increase every year. We must work to correct inequities in school funding. We must recruit and retain the best employees with competitive wages and benefits. We must involve increased numbers of parents and community members in our schools. CFISD’s quality of education is its most important advantage, and we must protect that asset.