Debra (Debbie) W Blackshear
Spouses's Name (if applicable):
Number of children (if applicable)—include names, ages, current school, and if applicable, graduation year/high school name:
Jason Blackshear, 43, Cy-Fair HS, 1994; Jeremy (J.P.) Blackshear, 41, Cy-Fair HS, 1996
Occupation and company:
Retired from Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, 12/31/2012
Years lived within CFISD:
Why did you choose to live in CFISD?
My husband and I grew up in the Heights and attended HISD schools. We knew we wanted something better for our children. We actually bought property in Cy-Fair ISD before we had children and moved into the home we still own when our boys were 13 months and 2 1/2. We chose Cy-Fair ISD because of their reputation for being a progressive school district and providing a quality education.
Are you currently a CFISD volunteer?
Danish Elementary, reader. I also coordinate the Staff Appreciation Luncheon each May and Christmas cookies for the staff on behalf of my church, Good Shepherd UMC, which has adopted Danish.
List your participation in CFISD school and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees.
Bond committees, 1990's-2014. Co-chaired the 2014 Bond committee. Reader, Emmott Elementary; Mentor, Cook Middle School. While President of CFFCU, we adopted Bang Elementary, partnering with them. Employees were allowed time off to volunteer reading or mentoring. Bus Buddy since inception of program. CFISD Livestock Show, since 1990, volunteer and buyer for 28 years. Member, Cy-Fair HS FFA Booster Club, 1990-1996; Member, Cy Ranch HS FFA Booster Club, 2017-present.
Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in the previous question.
CFISD Board of Trustees, Position 4, 2015-present; Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Trustee, 1996-present; Cy-Hope Board of Directors, 2011-present, Secretary, 2011-2017; CFISD Leadership Committee, Inception-2015; Junior Achievement, Exchange City.
List Cy-Fair organizations in which you currently participate, including offices held.
Member, Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, Secretary, Board of Directors 2013-2018; Cy-Fair John Fox Chamber Herd Co-Chair, 2014-present; Cy-Fair Chamber Governmental Affairs Co-Chair, 2004-2019; CFEF Chairman, 2009-2011, Executive leadership Committee, 2007-2015, 2017-present, Salute to our Heroes Co-Chair, 2009-2011.
Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?
I bring leadership to my role currently as a Board Trustee. I rose through the ranks of Cy-Fair FCU through my 28 1/2-year career, spending the last 18 1/2 as President. I am a strong proponent of building strong teams and working together to build consensus. I consider myself fair and objective, one who listens and strives to work together for the benefit of the students, staff, and taxpayers.
What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?
The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to hire and evaluate the Superintendent. This entails ensuring that our schools are producing successful students by monitoring various TEA reports and our own internal reports. We must monitor and measure test scores/results. It requires that our programs are progressive, and that we have programs to ensure the success of ALL students.
What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?
Positive trustee relations are critical to student success. We must all focus and work together to ensure that ALL students are successful. It does not necessarily mean always being in agreement. Rather, it is forward looking to new programs, techniques and methods of reaching all students' abilities. It means being objective and respectfully listening to different ideas and opinions. It currently exists within our Board.
What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?
Funding from the State of Texas for education continues to be one of our biggest challenges. I have major concerns about the state diverting taxpayer funds to charter schools and voucher programs without the same accountability as public schools. Continuing to develop relationships with elected state officials and being a strong advocate for public schools will continue to be a priority. STAAR and other tests remain a major concern.