Questionnaire: Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson
Full Name:
Thomas Ingle Jackson

Number of children (if applicable)—include names, ages, current school, and if applicable, graduation year/high school name:
Heather Katherine Jackson, 39, BA UCCS, Juris Doctor, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, attended Lowery El., Fiest El., Labay MS. Thomas Ash Jackson, 37, BENVD Univ. of Colorado, MA Washington University at St. Louis, HS graduation: Langham Creek HS, 2000, attended Lowery El., Fiest El., Labay MS. Lauren Camille Jackson, 33, BA Univ. of Texas, Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) LBJ School of Public Affairs, Master of Public Health (MPH) UT School of Public Health, HS graduation: Langham Creek HS, 2004, attended Lowery El., Fiest El., Labay MS.

Occupation and company:
President, Green River Oil, Inc.

Subdivision:
Copperfield

Years lived within CFISD:
39

Why did you choose to live in CFISD?
When I was newly married, I chose to live in the Westbury subdivision, served by HISD. With the birth of my first child, I began a serious inquiry into the quality of the various school districts; my realtor suggested that we look in CFISD. We did and were pleased with the educational quality of the district and moved into Copperfield in 1980. My expectations were exceeded and have been pleased ever since!

Are you currently a CFISD volunteer?:

Yes

What school(s)?

I am currently a Trustee for CFISD, serving my eighth year. I am a reader at Lowery, Copeland, and Fiest among others; I am a presenter to the NAC at Langham Creek and Cypress Falls and Read 180 at Cypress Creek. I participate in Veteran Day programs and give patriotic & historical presentations at various elementary schools. I assist in the recognition of outstanding JROTC cadets at all high schools. I am a bus buddy!

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

Member of Cy-Fair Leadership Committee (2008-2011), Chairman the last year. Active member of Band Booster Clubs (1996-2004), three years as officer; Science Olympiad, Amoco, V.I.P.S., PTO. Invited presenter at NAC, AVID. and GT program. First president of the Copperfield homeowner’s association; Leader for BSA and GSA. I engage in philanthropy with the CFISD FFA. I have served as a judge and speaker for the JASON program since inception. 22 years as a MUD board director.

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

I have served as one of 42 Directors for Texas Association School Boards at the state level and was a graduate of the 2015 TASB Leadership class earning Master Trustee status. I have researched, written, and presented on Pre-K and on Fast Growth School Districts at numerous venues including the TASA/TASB state convention and TASBO. I have endowed two scholarships with the CFEF for CFISD graduates and have been a financial sponsor at their events.

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

Member of the CFISD Board of Trustees, having served as Secretary and Vice President. Member Chamber of Commerce, member of the education/workforce and governmental relations/transportation committees, education presenter for the education/workforce committee, point of contact for first responder recognition. Active member and officer of local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution which awards scholarships at the middle and high school level.

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

With 42 years of experience as a C.P.A. I bring analytical skills for review of educational goals and financial matters. Having been a teacher and a contributing textbook editor I know the importance of supporting our teachers and students in the classroom. Serving 30 years as an elected official, the last eight as a CFISD trustee, I have learned the importance of being a public servant and the ability to help shape a common vision.

What are the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees?

Governance not management. The primary responsibility is to provide an educational vision for the District by being part of a team of eight and being attuned to the concerns of the community regarding educational and financial issues. Trustees serve as good stewards of taxpayer dollars to ensure that quality education is provided to all children exemplified during the budget process. The Trustees must plan not just for today, but also for the future.

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

Board members demonstrate awareness of issues and potential related pathways through thoughtful questions and informed comments. Differences of opinions can be expressed in a cordial manner. Cordiality not only becomes a model for students and the community to emulate, but also creates an environment for management to flourish in developing strategies leading to enhanced student achievement. Students and taxpayers deserve a Board that strives to function as a high performing team.

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

Evolving demographics requires classroom relationships and productivity to be strengthened through adherence to best practices, prudent application of technology, purposeful agility, and enhanced equitable support to achieve growth for all while closing the achievement gap.

CFISD is financially penalized by providing homeowners the optional homestead election. The solution is for Austin to repeal or reduce the penalty. The community must continue to be encouraged to support CFISD by adopting schools and providing alternative support.