Questionnaire: Julie Hinaman

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Full Name:
Julie M. Hinaman

Spouse’s name (if applicable):
Alan Hinaman

Number of children (if applicable)—include names, ages, current school, and if applicable, graduation year/high school name:
2 children - Allie (17) Cypress Woods HS, Amy (15) Cypress Woods HS

Occupation and company:
Community volunteer

Subdivision:
Coles Crossing

Years lived within CFISD:
16

Why did you choose to live in CFISD?
When our oldest daughter was a toddler, my husband and I decided we wanted to move to a community with other young families and with good public schools. After researching different school districts, it was clear that CFISD was the best school district by far. Both of my children have been CFISD students since kindergarten and will be proud CFISD graduates.

Are you currently a CFISD volunteer?:
Yes.

What school(s)?
As a CFISD Global Volunteer, I am available to volunteer at any campus. I currently volunteer on a regular basis at Cypress Woods HS, Cypress Falls HS, Cypress Creek HS and Spillane MS. I am a mentor through the CFISD Mentor program and a mentor/coach with the Cy-Hope Ambassadors of Compassion program. This year, I volunteered as a CFISD Bus Buddy for Duryea ES and Wilson ES.

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

  • CFISD Community Leadership Committee (CLC), Chair
  • CFISD Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC), Co-Chair
  • Cypress Woods HS Band Booster Club
  • Cypress Woods HS Drill Team Booster Club, Secretary
  • Spillane MS CPOC Committee, Community Representative
  • 2018 CFISD Friend of Education Award
  • 2019 State Board of Education Heroes for Children Award

Include any other areas in which you have supported CFISD not included in the previous question.
I make weekly deliveries to multiple schools for the Backpack Program, a partnership between CFISD, Cy-Hope and the Houston Food Bank. As a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, I register eligible students to vote in our high schools. I regularly attend SPLC (Superintendent Parent Leadership Committee) meetings and district VIPS meetings. As the Chair of the Community Leadership Committee, I visited with community groups and elected state officials to advocate for our local public schools.

List Cy-Fair organizations in which you currently participate, including offices held.

  • Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce
  • Cy-Fair League of Women Voters
  • Cy-FARE, Associate Member
  • National Charity League, Cypress Gems
  • 100 Women Who Care, Cy-Fair

Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?
As a parent, active volunteer and public education advocate, I am committed to serving our CFISD community to insure all students receive an exceptional education and achieve success. As the Co-Chair of the LRPC, I facilitated the development of the 2019-2025 bond program, which provided me the opportunity to lead a diverse group of community members and gave me a clear understanding of the long-term needs of our school district.

What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?
The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are to set a vision for the school district, establish goals to achieve that vision, provide resources by adopting a fiscally-responsible budget, monitor progress towards accomplishing the goals, and to hire and evaluate the Superintendent. The Board of Trustees should reflect the vision and values of the community. I am honored to currently serve as an appointed member of the CFISD Board of Trustees.

What role do positive trustee relations on the Board play in affecting student success?
Research shows that a local school board that works well together and with the Superintendent has a significant impact on student outcomes. While individual members may bring different perspectives, it's important to focus on student outcomes and to maintain high expectations for all students. Trustees should develop and maintain positive relationships with administrators, teachers, parents, employees, business partners, faith organizations, elected officials - we are all partners in providing the education our students deserve.

What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?
The complexity of meeting the unique needs of 117,000 CFISD students under the current state funding system creates a challenge for our ever-growing district. As a Trustee, I will advocate on behalf of our district for equitable funding, while working with district administration to make investments in effective programs supporting early literacy, vocational education, STEM, fine arts, and others that prepare students to be successful now and in the future.