Oh come on, folks. [INAUDIBLE]
>>[LAUGH]>>[INAUDIBLE] Good afternoon.>>Political forum, good afternoon.>>Good afternoon.>>My name is Tom Chesney. I get to work at Brookhaven College, where I am president and I will for
about the next hour and 15 minutes or so, be a moderator for the second candidates
forum for the Dallas [INAUDIBLE] community college district board
of trustees elections in May. I want to introduce a couple of other folks who are instrumental to pulling
together today’s events, and they our faculty counsel president Brookhaven, Bill
>>[APPLAUSE]>>And president government in political science [INAUDIBLE]
>>[INAUDIBLE] [APPLAUSE] Our Student Government Association President Laura was not
able to be with us today. The Student Government Association, faculty, council and the IPS have been
instrumental [INAUDIBLE] today’s events in getting word out.
We are so glad you could join us, let’s begin. We will open with two minutes opening
statements from our panel of candidates. I’ll be the time keeper for up here,
we’ve got a little chime that will go off. But first I’d like to
introduce the candidates and we’ll go to opening statements. To my far left, Mark. Mark Monica.>>Hello.>>Dorothy Zimmerman.>>Hello. Frank>>Gene Robinson. Bill Ritter and Richard Morgan. Candidates will share with me the specific
distance as they make their remarks. This is the second in a series of
campus visits to the colleges so you may see them again with it. If you want to watch the video
after the fact you can see those on the Dallas college’s website. With that we will begin a two
opening opening statements. The candidates have asked that we
refer to them by their first names, so I will begin with.>>Hi, my name is Martha Jo Talbot,
and I’m actually in district four. I have a bachelor’s and
a Master’s degree, in education. Library science, certifications in
all-level art, and also secondary English. And I have taught for 40 years. I am an educator and
I have a passion for education. Therefore I wanted to continue
to serve in another way. And I have taught all levels from
first grade through twelfth grade, and I have served as a principal at the middle
school level and at the high school level. At both levels I was able to work with the Dallas County Community College
on special projects, moving students toward coming
to the community college. I enjoyed that immensely. Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Hello my name is Monica De La Bravo and
I’m also running for district four. District four covers the area
surrounding EastField college. Which includes parts of East Dallas,
most of Hudson Grove, all of Mesquite, Sunnyvale. Pretty much everything in
the Southeast part of the county. A little bit about myself,
and why I’m running. I’m a board certified
information attorney. I’m a business owner. I’m an owner of my own law firm,
and I have experience, which I think is invaluable for
this board. This board decides fiscal policy for
all seven community colleges I believe I’m the only candidate
in my race with experience. The previous president of the Dallas
[INAUDIBLE] bar association. As well as serving on the Dallas
[INAUDIBLE] Bar Association. As well as serving on
the Dallas Bar Association, you basically are governing bodies for
the attorneys here in Dallas. My reason for running is because
I have a passion for education. I’m a first generation college student. My parents had no more than
a second grade education. So I can relate to the students
who are going through the system. Who have no knowledge of what
it takes to go into college. So part of my reason for
running is to help students have a voice. On this board and
have some impact on decisions that will be made on their
[INAUDIBLE] Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you.>>I’m Dorothy Zimmerman and as far as my qualifications I’ve
attended every board meeting. For the Dallas County Community College
district board of trustees since 2012. I attended EastField College, so I
understand the college system, EastField. And after attending the meetings,
I’ve been made very, very acutely aware of the problems of increasing tuition and
the problems of increased taxes. Our spending I think is our main problem. If quality in education is what we’re
going for, perhaps we’re missing the mark. Since 2010, your tuition has
gone up $18 a college hour. I’m very much aware of that. And I want to be your
representative on the board. Because as students,
another tax increase and one more tuition increase and I’m concerned that
a lot of your fellow classmates or maybe even you yourself will not be
able to afford another semester. Books are not getting cheaper,
I know that. There are a lot of things that
impact your daily life and when you’re trying to make athe
decision do you pay tuition, or do you eat or make rent. Or do the other things that
are necessary with your limited funds. I don’t want you to have to
make that kind of a decision. Because I believe that education
should be available to everyone. Not just those who have the money. We can’t make education elite
because the more elite we make it, well the harder it is for
those who attended Eastfield. Thank you so much. [APPLAUSE]. Frank Millsap, I have a Associate degree
from junior college back in the 1960s. I’m a graduate from the state university
both bachelors and Masters and in what we call I’ve been teaching
in the district for over 40 years. I came down here in 1974. [INAUDIBLE] curriculum. Six years later, it became the only
community college with a national accreditation, and
[INAUDIBLE] became nationally recognized, to the point that I was invited
to do lots of these things. So over the years, [INAUDIBLE] Taiwan, [INAUDIBLE] education [INAUDIBLE]
Outstanding education year a national award for
[INAUDIBLE] management. Just two weeks ago. Is a trophy at Dallas for education, I wrote that program, and then I left. And I started a hobby
of building old cars, and then a street car fabrication program, a national accredited and
national recognition. [INAUDIBLE]
more of a [INAUDIBLE] here and there. [INAUDIBLE] city [INAUDIBLE] But after that, I think my success you know in the program at
the corporate level. [INAUDIBLE] pay attention to the details
painting the big picture trustees. And keep in mind that the big picture
doesn’t work without details. And I think I have
the [INAUDIBLE] to do that. Thank you.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>[CLAPPING] My name is Gene Robinson. I’m an employee here at this college for 23 years, some of you may remember me. My position after 23 years is
that the college was terminated in 2014 due to yet
another budget crisis in the district. I promised you my fellow PSS employees, I promised my fellow instructors,
and my fellow students, that I’ll come back in 2016
to correct this problem. I am here to lead the presence
today to fulfill that there’s been spending and. That’s hurt you as students
alternative education, return morale. I am here to make sure that the budget in
this district is not announced on the back of DSS employees, or
on students education. I am here to support education,
to support PSS employees and to support classroom education
instruction [INAUDIBLE] for purposes that really are suspicious and
[INAUDIBLE] no education, I ask for your support in helping
me do that, I need you both. District two is my district. And I thank you for having me here today. [APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you Doctor [INAUDIBLE]. Hello [INAUDIBLE] my name is Phil Ritter and [INAUDIBLE]
district here [INAUDIBLE]
District two for about 28 years. I grew up in Maryland, and went to undergraduate law school
at the University of Maryland. And my ticket to Texas was to go down to
Austin to the LBJ School of Public Affairs where I worked for a couple years in the
legislature while I was in school there. My background is in business and
management. I was at Texas Instruments for 20 years, I retired as Senior Vice President
never saw the government relations and the philanthropy of many of
the education programs in the company. I spent five years as
executive vice president for government stakeholder affairs. And the past two years I’ve been running
a non-profit startup policy focused on mental health issues. I’ve been deeply involved in
education at every level. I see education as a system. I’ve had a chance to serve
as a campus volunteer at the OM Broderick’s Elementary School
in DISD. And I served as a member of
the Dallas Chief’s Commission under Superintendent Yohost during
his first tour of duty. On upper diivision higher education, I currently serve as a member of
the UT Dallas Development Board. But community college has always
been a special passion for me. I was on the Dallas County Foundation
Board for roughly 12 years, and deeply involved in the Rising Scholar
scholarship program which raised over 27 million dollars for the scholarship for
the students in this district. In 2004, I chaired the last five
campaigns the district had that received voter approval before, and 50 billion
dollar jobs and facility improvements, and that helped build
the science center and the early childhood center that
exist on this campus today. So, it’s great to be with you. We’re grateful for some of our supporters
who are here, including my wife, Stephanie, who’s in the back somewhere. Many students who have volunteered
on my campaign and I also want to thank Delron Fleming, who’s just taught me
so much about what it means to teach and to be a part of the community
college system here. And I look forward to
answering all your questions. Thank you [INAUDIBLE]. [APPLAUSE]
>>All right, well, good morning. It’s great to be here. Thank you Dr. and everyone who’s worked so
hard on this event and for the students for being here. Again, my name is Richard Morgan. 12 years ago I was I was
a student here at E Triple Sigi. I went to Eastfield College,
my brother went to El Centro. I’m running because I am
passionate about education, specifically about community college. I just read a report recently that said
the class of 2015 has the highest student debt of any class in our history, with 35,000 dollars of
student loans on average. That is why community colleges are so
critical. We have the key to maintain to maintain a
strong community college system where our students can come get the first two years
of their degree, and then transfer or complete a two year degree certificate,
then get a good job with it. I spent the last 12 years in technology. We hear a lot about STEM and
about computer jobs. That’s what I do. I think that I have probably the best
expertise, of people running for this seat, in this district,
because I actually work in the field. I understand what they’re probably looking
for in the field, we’ve been hiring for many months at my company. I want to ensure that our students,
each person in this room, is able to get the skills you need
to get the job, to actually complete those degrees and then get good
paying jobs with those degrees. And that’s why I’m running. I’d appreciate your support. Again, my name is Richard Morgan.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you, candidates. We’ll now move into a series
of one minute reply questions, some broader, some more specific. For those of you who may have
joined us a little bit late, these questions come to us
from Brookhaven students. Our first question will begin with Monica. As a board of trustees member,
what do you see as the top priorities for the Dallas County Community
College District and how do you hope to see it achieved? I think the biggest issue
that this next beard will see is deciding how to balance our budget, and figuring out how can we be effective
stewards of our tax dollars, and not question for our students. DCTD prides itself on having the second
lowest tuition in the State of Texas. And so if afford, we should be very
conscious of any increase in tuition and trying to find other ways of funding
the community college district. Whether it’d be looking for
increasing funding, because state funding is really
low right now, it’s about 22%. As the board,
I would want the board to look at maybe making private partnerships
with corporations in the DFW area. Seems like many headquarters
here in the DFW area. That we could possibly partner with that
would help with either funding courses or partnerships for training program, so
that we don’t have to increase tuition for our students.>>All righty. One of the biggest things is, as I see it, is the dropping enrollment
that’s going to basically impact the cost to the students who’ve
due come to the college. The dropping enrollment has not
necessarily been publicized. But one of the reasons our State
funding is not coming Through at this greater rate,
is that our involvement has been dropping. The state does not pay for
students who do not come here. So, if we can get the students back,
then we can get further funding from the state, and
perhaps work it that way. But at the same time, at home when you
know that there’s a bill coming and you know that there’s not whole lot that
you can do about getting a third job. You simply cut back on
what you’re spending. And I think we’ve all had to do that. So, if we can look at what we are maybe
not getting the biggest bang for our buck and see about doing it that way. We can benefit the students
who will come here and we can benefit the students
who are already here. Thank you.>>I’d like to show you some
information on district and in long term [INAUDIBLE] college and
they aren’t prepared so they require [INAUDIBLE] other programs. By the time they have gotten up to speed
[INAUDIBLE] it may be more financial aid so that really creates a problem because
a lot of them then can’t go to school. So we had to [INAUDIBLE] the community and
to them. That’s one thing I’ll tell you is
our population is getting older, they’re retiring, they’re not
making [INAUDIBLE] that I’ve seen. So the older population [INAUDIBLE]
retiring a little bit younger, a little more healthier, a little more
affluent, a little more free time. [INAUDIBLE] [INAUDIBLE] I think we’re
seeing in some cases a decrease in creative art, some of the drama classes, creative writing, technology programs of
all kinds, and we got to worry about that. We haven’t [INAUDIBLE]
income in the district. We have state funding, we have tuition, we
have taxes, and we have outside sources. That’s one area that we can tap into. We’re not doing a very good job at outside
sources, meaning community involvement. I think those are areas we
really need to address.>>Gene, same question.>>The biggest problem
facing this district is the bloated administrative structure and spending in areas that has not
been [INAUDIBLE] education. The top five salaries in this district,
breaking $1.4 billion a year. Salaries alone. In 2014, when Student Services were cut
here at Brookhaven, in that same year and the following year, these two parking
lots out here were concreted, that it never been concreted
before in 38 years. And I can tell you for
a fact that $5 million was spent on that, when Education Services were cut. Those kinds of decisions
are killing this district and they’re killing this educational prowess.>From the top down, spending in this
district needs to be controlled, they have a $500 million a year budget,
that’s half a billion dollars folks. But they still have to raise tuition,
they still have to raise taxes? There’s a major problem for.>>Well, one of the greatest challenges,
perhaps the greatest challenge for the district in the future, keeping up for
growth and demand for what we do. 20 years ago,
there were about 46,000 students at the Dallas County Community College There
are 76,000 students today. This economy is booming, and
community colleges are becoming even and more preferred as an option for
a lot of families. A lot of people keep moving here, because we’re the most cost effective
way to get a higher education. One of my biggest concerns is will we be
nimble enough, will we be creative enough, as an institution to be able to
adjust our training partnerships, our certifications and our degree programs
to meet the needs of a rapidly changing Dallas Fort Worth economy. So we’re going to have to be nimble and
we’re going to have to be quick and we’re going to have to figure
out how to pay for it. And we’ve got three ways of paying for
things here. We’ve got tuition, we’ve got state
funding and we’ve got property taxes. And Ladies and gentlemen,
state funding will likely be going down so it is incumbent upon this board to work
with the administration to figure out how to pay for what’s going to be a lot
of growth, a lot of demand, for what this district does in the future.>>Richard.
>>I think our biggest challenge right now facing the district is that we
need to do a better job And helping students with degrees,
and degrees that are offered. We have around 73,000 students district
wide, 12,000 here at Brookhaven, but did you know that last year, only 400 students completed a degree
out of the general studies? And only about 800 total completed
any degree out of 12,000 students. We are around 10% graduation rate,
and national average is 40% for community colleges. We have a long way to go. Even if you had slid the 17,000 students
who transferred here to a four year university, we’d still only
have a 12.5% graduation rate. We know that having full time students, having students attend full time
makes it much more likely to finish. The problem is that over the last
ten years we’ve dropped from 30 25% full time students to
15% full time students. We’ve gone in the wrong
direction these last 12 years. That happened because of decisions that
were made or the changes that happened. And if we reverse that, we can reverse
that trend we can help students graduate. In addition, there’s a lot of challenges. A lot of students have to
attend more than one campus. I hear this all the time. We need to make sure you can take your
classes at the campus you attend if possible. We need to also make sure that we
offer classes at the right times, and in a structure that you can
balance that with your jobs. Because most of our community
college students have jobs. I’m working full time
through college myself, I understand what that challenge is like. So we need to remove the barriers
that are making it difficult for students to complete our degree,
and that would be my top priority.>>Micheal
>>I feel like the biggest challenge that the board will be facing in the coming
years is to continue the quality of education that you students have right
now and also maintain the quality of instructors that are at
the Dallas County community colleges. And to be able to do
that with less finances. In the 1980s,
the State provided 75% of the money for our community colleges and
now that is down to the lower 20%. So there has to be other ways
through businesses, grants. Whatever we can find to
continue to have monies to make sure that we have a quality education and
take our students into the future.>>Thank you. We move on to our next student question. You’ll be responding first and
here is the question. If it appeared that you
would be the only no vote on the issue before the board of custody,
how would you handle that? Would you go with majority
to maintain consensus or would you stay firm on your position? Why?>>I have a feeling after attending four years of board meetings, that I most likely am going to
be one of the only no votes. I’ve not seen them say no to a single
spending item on the board for those four years. I don’t know if there’s anybody
out there with children. But I can’t imagine not telling
a child no for four years. I don’t think they’re going to be
very pleased with me, but ultimately, not everything that’s brought
before the board is worthy. When you think about it coming
out of a student’s pocket in higher tuition or
a taxpayer’s pocket in higher taxes. We have to be very careful with our money
because if we live within our means, we live within our means, we don’t
have to go knocking on doors begging. Because we do get a very nice sum
of money from the area taxes.>>Frank, same question.>>I’m Frank on the board of trustees. I will not be opposed to saying no to
things that I do not feel would be a benefit to the process, I think
progress in the community [INAUDIBLE] and the community. Remember we are a community college, so it’s made up of community as well as
administrators, faculty, students, TSS, all the people that could
make the college successful. It’s made up also of the community. I am a firm believer that you do your
homework first, and the class, you’re coming into a lecture, you get homework,
you go home and do your homework. In the real world, you better do your homework before
the customer gets there or you’re lost. And it’s something that comes up and it’s strictly to board members
[INAUDIBLE] is not discussed, [INAUDIBLE] if we don’t pass anything,
to go back and do your homework to go back and find out
positive or negative things [INAUDIBLE].>>Gene?>>I would have absolutely no
problem whatsoever saying no. Dorothy’s point is very, very valid. For 20 years, we’ve had a board that
simply rubber stamped decisions, crazy educational decisions that have
done nothing but hamper education. There’s one board member on
the board right now who’s trying to do the right thing. But he’s been one voice
crying in the wilderness, because the rest of them don’t
care about doing the right thing. It’s time to say no. It’s time to say no to a lot of these
crazy educational ideas that [INAUDIBLE]. Not saying no is the way this district has
gotten into the shape it’s in now where it basically exists as a cash cow for
administrators at the top. And education is, well, this would be a great place to work
if it weren’t for all the students. Yeah, saying no is something that
needs to start happening right now.>>Well, I would certainly not vote for
something I didn’t support or I didn’t think was in the best
interests of the district. But one of the premises of the question is
how do board members relate to each other, and I believe we have a duty as board
members to listen to each other, to behave in a collegiate manner,
in a manner that sets a good example for the community, for the students who
are watching us and the public at large. So yeah, that doesn’t always happen
on a public forum and oftentimes, it goes haywire because you don’t
understand what the role is. We basically do two things. We hire the chancellor and
we set the budget. And in the context of two those things, there’s a lot of work that happens
behind the scenes to manage priorities, to deal with budget and
spending items and so forth. At the end of the day, those are the only
two things the board should do. And I want be cognizant of that,
and I want to learn and listen to my fellow trustees, and I’m determined to be part of a board
that this community can be proud of.>>Richard?>>I think it’s simple,
we’re not elected to vote yes, we’re elected to do what’s right. I will be happy to vote no on any
issue if it’s not right to vote yes. I think the broader question, though,
is can you work with people on the board? And I think a lot of that conversation
can’t happen behind the scenes before we get there,
where we have this conversation, we say, what are the disagreements? What are the real issues here, and talk
them through and see if we can find that consensus so that we can build the fill
the gas tank with something that is good. But something that concerns me
also is that we need to do so in a way that’s transparent to
the public and to everybody here. Just last week at a board meeting,
there was a vote coming up for almost an $8 million expenditure
on a new building on a lease and there was disagreement
on the current board. It was probably about four to three or
five to two at the time. I don’t remember the exact numbers. But what they did was they took that issue
into executive session behind closed doors so no one could hear
the conversation that happened. That does not benefit us. I think there is a way to discuss
these things that advance to form that consensus, but we need to do so in a way
that’s transparent, and I will fight for that as your trustee.>>Martha?>>I believe that I definitely can
stand firm on both no on an item that I do not feel is best for the Dallas
County Community College system and also if the decision represents
those who are in my district and how that they feel about the issues. So I would definitely vote
no if I thought I needed to. Thank you.>>I would agree that I think as a board
member, we all have to do our duty, and we have a job to be
a representative for our constituents. Which, our constituents include faculty,
staff, students, but also the taxpayers in the county. And so, I have no problems voting
against several board members, but again, besides just voting no,
I would want to engage in meaningful discussions and explain
my viewpoint on why I am voting no. So it’s not just, oh, I’m against
this bill or this proposal, but I would want the other board members
to hear why I’m voting no in hopes that maybe somebody would understand or
that would trigger something else and maybe a compromise could be reached and
we could do what’s best for the community as a whole. Thank you.>>Thank you, candidates. We’ll move to another
question from our students. And on this Frank,
you’ll be the first to respond. The question is, what is your position on the legislation
which approved concealed campus carry? And how would you envision
implementing it within the DCCCD?>>That’s a pressing question that
I’d like the issue to be debated and studied a lot. I do not own a concealed
carry gun license, I do not own a gun but
anyone has the right.>>[LAUGH]
>>If the law allows it to happen,
I’m not going to be opposed to it. I think there should be
some certain restrictions, I’m not willing to discuss that time,
but I agree with what the law says and I’m not sure that the law
[INAUDIBLE] finalized yet, so we’ll have to wait until that time
comes before I would act on it. But in general,
I would not necessarily be opposed to, I would not make a statement for
no guns on campus period.>>Gene.>>[LAUGH] Well,
I think nobody will argue with me that we live in a crazy
dysfunctional world right now. I am sure,
along with everybody in this audience, is horrified with the daily news we have
of horrendous crimes being committed, terrorist attacks, domestic terrorism,
angry violence, workplace violence. Our society and our government have gotten
us into this situation where there’s no morals, there’s moral decay, terrorists
have been allowed to come County. It’s a dangerous world right now, the concealed handgun law is a good one
that allows us to protect ourselves. The police can’t be everywhere,
these are responsible citizens and this concealed handgun law has been
in effect here in Texas for 20 years. There are no problems with these people
these are law abiding citizens who want to do the right thing. They want to protect you and themselves. A soft target is what these
crazy people are looking for. They’re looking for churches, they’re
looking for schools, they’re looking for shopping malls where they
know people are not armed. If they know people are armed
they’re not coming here. If they do come here the last law in
which he saw in Garland, last year, year before, when terrorist tried
to attack that facility and didn’t make it passed, [INAUDIBLE] yeah,
I’m fully supportive of.>>Well,
the legislature has spoken on this issue, and there will be handguns allowed on
campus in 2017 on Community Colleges. So one of the elements of the law is four
year upper level institutions have to implement as possibly 2016. So there’s a lot of learning
that we will require those of us involved in community colleges
from that experience. But at the end of the day the law does
not change the fundamental calculus in the responsibility of law enforcement to
secure the campus and to keep us safe. And we have a police department here and
police officers who are here. And so yeah, I’m going to be very interested in
how that law gets implemented and I’m going to be listening to
stakeholders throughout this district. But I’m also going to be asking a lot
of questions about our public safety professionals here a community college
system about how they keep us safe at large. because it’s not just about who’s
got concealed handgun permits. There’s a relatively small number of
people that have concealed handgun permits. And the responsibility really lies
with law enforcement to keep us safe. [SOUND]
>>Richard.>>Yeah. As others have said there’s a lot of
desire to pass this legislature it applies to all public colleges and universities
whether it’s a two year or a four year. So it will apply to us as well. In 2017 when it takes effect. The legislature has said we
cannot overrule its decision. Meaning guns will be allowed on campus. What the board can do is they
have some jurisdiction into which specific buildings or which specific
areas guns can be carried on campus. So I think obviously we do get the benefit
from the other colleges who are doing this now. But also we need to make sure we’re
keeping our students safe and I think the campus police
do a great job here. What I would love to see the campus police
in the program, a volunteer program for those who do choose to conceal carry
can meet with campus police and talk with them and
have those concerns addressed upfront so that if there ever should be an incident
which hopefully will never happen. At least the police have had a chance
to express those concerns in advance. Hopefully that will make it a smooth
implementation of this law.>>Martha?>>Well I imagine the previous question, this might mean one of those areas
where I stand firm in my beliefs, and that is that
the Dallas County Community College, or any college for that fact,
is not the place to have guns. Especially when we have young
children in the pre-k programs and when we we have high
school age children in the academy program that is on campuses. And the person who is carrying the gun
might be a perfectly wonderful person to have the gun for protection. But someone else can get the gun who is
not having a good moment at that time, but I have family members that attend
the Dallas County community colleges. I also have a daughter who is a professor
at the University of North Texas. So, with that in mind, I would stand
opposed to having guns on campus. Thank you.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>Monica, same question.>>As you may know, the state legislature
did pass a law allowing guns on campus. So, there isn’t a way around it. Guns will have to be on campus
because that is the law. However, this next board will
be tasked with designating safe zone within the campus. Deciding at what parts of
campus can we designate that events will not be allowed on. And my personal view on this is that we
should have forums with the community, with the faculty, and staff. And listen to their concerns about
where these safe zones should be. We have to remember that at several of
our campuses we have early college high schools, we have teenagers
attending our colleges. We have child care centers
at some certain places and we have children daily on our campus. So all of these things need to be
considered when we decide which areas will designate safe zones because
unfortunately, it’s not as easy as saying, you can’t have guns because we
would basically be sued for not complying with state law. But as Board we do have an obligation
to keep our community safe and keep our students safe.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>One of the benefits of being last. All right, just one of the things that comes to mind
as the Dallas County Community College district has paid their administrators
a little bit more and a little bit more. They have actually cut the starting pay
for our security personnel on campus. They’re having trouble, in speaking
to some of the folks that I’ve had conversations with, they’re having
trouble hiring people for our security. Because the starting pay is just, too low. They can go any place else and get an
immediate seven to nine thousand dollars a year raise instead of hiring on at the
Dallas County Community College District. I see that as a big problem and
at the same time to call something a safe zone because
there are no guns there, we know from Umpqua College
in Oregon that indeed, that man brought his gun,
because he knew it was a gun-free zone. Thank you.>>Our next student question we’ll have, this first respondent will be,
excuse me, Gene. What is one innovation or truly new idea you want to bring
to the Board of Trustees and the Dallas County Community College
this year?>>I’ll answer that in two ways. The first is a novel idea
>>I will be presenting to control spending and spend on education,
and not buildings, or yourselves, and
your salary increases and etc., etc., that’s the first novel idea becoming
financially and fiscally responsible. And to the end I’ll also
point this fact out. There is an awful lot of
opportunity in this district to increase revenue without raising taxes. There are facilities here
that are amazing facilities. We can take advantage of that. [INAUDIBLE] facility. All these campuses contain
large areas of land. State funding is totally unreliable,
the oil is down in the dumps, there’s one tenth as many operating oil
rigs in Texas now, as we were last year. State funding will be even lower this
year, there’ll be another budget crisis, and another, and another Funding
is going away, it’s undependable. We need to develop
the resources we have here.>>Phil.>>Innovation, I would say,
it’s not a new idea but it would be innovative if we’re
able to execute it, is for the district to assume a strong leadership
role in early childhood education. And if you look at the data, there’s
nothing that can advance long-term student success better than ensuring that a young
child, especially a child from a poor or impoverished community,
shows up ready to read and ready to learn. We’ve got a shortage of about
4,000 early childhood educators, quality early childhood educators,
in this community. That needs to be addressed. And the community college systems
got the scale to address it. So I want to be very supportive of our
involvement in addressing that need. And you look at what’s happened here
at Brookhaven and work with Mary and others to create an early childhood center
here at the community college as well. That’s an accessibility option too, for
a lot of students who’ve got kids and drop them at an early childhood
center here at Brookhaven, and then go to class and
pick them up right afterwards. I think it’s a lot of innovation and
continuing to scale and be involved in the early childhood programs by
the Dallas Community College District.>>I think there are a number of
innovative things we can do here. And it’s not that they’ve never been done
before, they’ve been done in other places, but we haven’t done them
here as well as we could. One of the things I hear frequently from
students is that the cost of textbooks are so high. Well, there’s something
we can do to fix that. We can embrace open education resources. The largest community colleges in
the country have already done so. They’ve adopted open textbooks. It saves students $5 million in textbook
costs over the last five to six years. We can do that here. We have started to, but
we have a long way to go. Something else we can do. There’s a new partnership with that’s
happening at Richland College, which allows you to apply the learning you get
online from towards your Associate degree, so you can get through your
program faster and graduate. Something else we could
do is a portfolio review. So if you’ve been out in the workforce for
20, 30 years and you’ve had on the job training that you’ve learned,
let’s give you college credit for it. Let’s not make you sit
in the classroom and retake the same information that you’ve
already learned through the job. Let’s give you credit so
you can move on get those degrees. So there’s been a lot of
innovative things we can do. And that’s the stuff that gets me excited.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>The innovation that comes to my mind most is not
really an innovation at this time because it’s already kind of in existence. But it is the collegiate academy or
school within a school where students come to the colleges,
their junior and senior year. And I understand that this was
expanded at the board meeting, this past board meeting. And that is a wonderful opportunity
to get students here on campus that probably might not finish
in two years and the third year, they would still be here
increasing enrollment, paying tuition, and those kind of things. Also, a second phase of
that would be to publicize through the media the Dallas County
Community Colleges more than we do, and especially this Collegiate Academy. Thank you.>>[SOUND] Monica.>>Yes, I think one of the things that
would definitely help our students have greater retention rates and
not only finish their degrees, but find gainful employment, would be more private partnerships with
private corporations in the DFW area. Like I mentioned before, we have several
headquarters here in the DFW area, and sometimes they’re having
to go outside the DFW to find people who are skilled workers
who can take these jobs. And so, it makes perfect sense to
partner up with these companies, for example, Toyota. And have them, not only provide training
to our students in certain fields or in certain things that
they’re lacking workers, but also guarantee them
a job once they finish. And so, that way, we’re not only
meeting our retention requirements, but we’re actually helping our local economy
by having more workers in our community. Thank you.>>Dorothy.>>Innovation, I would like to see
alumni gathered at all the campuses. The idea that we could
bring people together, students and previous students. I think there could be a lot
of mentoring that could go on. I think it would be an incredible
value for those who have been through a college education,
either two year or four year. I think it would be very good to come and
explain and show people that you can start
out at a community college. And you can go all sorts of places and
accomplish all sorts of things. Lots of times, if you’re trying to
make the rent and you’re working on your tuition and you’re doing the jobs and
you’re working with your family. If you can go and speak to somebody
who’s made it through that, who can actually tell you
the pitfalls they fell into and help you arrange your life and things. I think that would be an innovation
that wouldn’t cost anything.>>Frank.>>I think there’s several things that we
can do in this innovation that hasn’t been done in our campus. Actually, one specific example would be
Title 3S of Chapter 54, I believe it is, of Title 3 house code, education code,
allows a reduced tuition, not free, for anybody over 55 years old that’s
been displaced to come back to retrain. We haven’t even addressed that ever
in the district, that I’m aware of. This would allow people that
are trying to throw something down. I know what an important years ago. The best thing that happened to our
enrollment would be [INAUDIBLE] up. And I said I’m tired of
doing things up and down. I’m going to grow grass. It’s going to turn green every year. And these are opportunities for
us to make these opportunities for these people that otherwise
would be passed by. We’re beginning to look at that
getting into corporate involvement. As an example, we have an opportunity in
our program, in the auto body program, a company brings us a $100,000
[INAUDIBLE] machine each year, allows us to use it for a year and
then they replace it for free. Otherwise, we’d have to pay
$100,000 every 20 years and we’d still be teaching
20 year old technology. This is what I mentioned before,
community involvement, industry and corporate America.>>Thank you, candidates. We’ll move back to a broader
question from our students and this time we’ll begin with Phil Ritter. Here’s the question. How do you perceive the role of trustee? What makes a great board member for the
Dallas County Community College District?>>A couple things. First off, is qualifications. Does a person have the education
qualifications, the workforce qualifications, the experience to be
trusted with the stewardship of something as important as the Dallas County
Community College District? You’re a very large and
significant enterprise, and I would encourage voters to look for people who had some experience in dealing
with large and significant enterprises. Secondly is experience. Who’s been involved in leadership
on behalf of education? Who’s been involved in leadership
on behalf of the district? Who’s made contributions to
prepare them to be a trustee? And the third thing is the approach and
the philosophy of being a trustee. I mentioned mine earlier. I believe that the trustee’s
role is to set policy, to hold the administration accountable and
to pass the budget. I am not going to be micromanaging the
Dallas County Community College District. I promise you if you want micro manager,
vote for some body else. I think there needs to be a clear
understanding about the policy role that trustees have and that they respect
the prerogatives of management and administration and that does not work
well when [INAUDIBLE] One public awards. It doesn’t serve the institution and
[INAUDIBLE]>>[INAUDIBLE]>>Yeah, well certainly the role of the [INAUDIBLE] Oversight and
policy is not operation, but I think there’s a broader
question here in terms of what makes [INAUDIBLE] I think [INAUDIBLE]
>>Is skill at finding the root cause of the issues. So we can fix them. That’s what I’ve done for
my creative software engineers. That’s what we do. We analyze systems. We find what can be better. And we fix it. I think that I’ve touched on a number of
the issues that I’ve already discovered that I think we can improve in
terms of the graduation rates. Make it easier for students to get more
of the classes on the same campus. Stop raising tuition on our students. [INAUDIBLE] All these things addressed
at this [INAUDIBLE] Results. It is [INAUDIBLE] Important
[INAUDIBLE] Without the committee. The last time [INAUDIBLE] I’ve been
meeting with [INAUDIBLE] Sometimes two or three times a day. Often, people [INAUDIBLE] Input, tell us about the great programs that
we have here at the community college.>>And so I think that all of that goes into
being a good trustee.>>Martha?
>>The realm of a trustee is to operate as part of a team,
to be one of the seven and to never speak
>>Individually. But when speaking,
represent the consensus of the board. The important issues such as hiring
a chancellor, approving the budget, taking care of other fiscal matters, contracted employees and
a few other items, these are part of what
a trustee should be. But, I also think that
a trustee is an ambassador for the Dallas community of the system. Thank you.>>Monica.
>>I believe that a good board member has several duties and responsibilities
including understanding what it means to review financial documents and statements and
approving a multi million dollar budget. Understands how to implement policy. A sort of To the listener. And being a good listener not only with
the other members Meaningful discussed but also the community at large and being
more connected to what’s actually formed. What effect are these policies
taking on in the classroom? And so I think as a board member, we cannot just operate in a vacuum and
just talk to each other. We have to engage with our community
to make the best decisions.>>As a board member, I view my
responsibility as to my constituents. Those who voted for me, those who expected
me to pay attention to their needs, long before I was going to be
pals with the guys on the board. I feel as though our spending has
got to be curtailed and if we do not keep the spending down We can approve
everything or we can approve nothing. But if we do not keep our eye
on the ball of education, then I’m afraid your tuition is going
to go crazy a little bit more than what it is now, and
taxes have no chance but to go up. So as a board member I understand we
are to take care of our constituents, and education is why we work for. Thank you.>>Right. [INAUDIBLE] responsibility
instance of when he said, The community involved,
college district campuses and the staff, they’re Community, the policy District higher than due to answer. Also, the standard policy. Policy, Promulgation to make sure that the
policy is yielding the intended results. So you have to follow that. And if you can’t get results
then you have to do that and that’s something that’s
very very critical and is a combination got the same policy, and making sure the yields begin to.>>What is the interest in the conclusive
cell, in recent positions. As employees, district as
an instructor in this district, as a student in this district,
and as a taxpayer. Then you know to do the right thing. If you’re responsible and conscientious,
you’re going to do the right thing. Employees in this district are expendable
when the budget needs to be balanced. And the money Upstairs, so the administrator can continue
to garnish their salary. That’s wrong. Instructors are Increasingly asking
students with no standards, meaning Can. That’s wrong. As the students I know that
student services are cut at this college and throughout the district,
in order for money to be sent upstairs to the administrators
to continue making their salaries. As a taxpayer, I paid $6,200 last
year in property taxes in my house, right down the street from here. That money is supposed to be spent
to educate you as college students. It is not that money is being,
you know, money is being spent illegally at this campus, it educates
students who are not college students. [SOUND] And there the education’s
supposed to be paid for out of IST taxes. That’s wrong, that’s illegal,
that needs to stop.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>[INAUDIBLE]>>We’ll go back into specifics with this next question, which Richard
will be the first to respond. Both President Obama and presidential
candidate Bernie Sanders have stated an interest in providing a three
columned education for every american. What are any of the means for
eliminating or significantly lowering tuition in the
Dallas County Community College district?>>Well this is a great question. Over the last six years, the current Board of Trustees had
voted to raise your tuition by 45%. The plan is to continue raising
your tuition 15% every two years. I’m against it. I’ve been firmly against it from
the beginning of my campaign. I’m against it because 12 years ago
when I was a student it was 60% lower. So we’re certainly going in the wrong
direction if the goal is free tuition. Well let’s start with affordable tuition. It’s interesting, we talk a lot about
courses of funding In about state versus tuition versus taxes, state funding is
about the same as it was six years ago. And yet we’re bringing in about 22
million more through tuition and 80 million more from local property taxes. And so it seems to me that
certainly we can get better control of our expenses we’ve lost 6,000
students over the last five years, and yet tuition keeps going up. So I think that there is more we can do
to make community college affordable for students, including the textbook costs,
which are even larger than tuition itself.>>Martha,
>>Free tuition, and I hear that from
the federal government. I do not believe that that
can happen unless the federal government is willing to
totally fund education for all students everywhere. And I don’t see that happening. I would be opposed to that totally. Thank you.>>And Monica?>>Currently,
tuition funds about 23% of the budget for the community college district. So obviously if we wanted to offer
free tuition, which I’m all for anything that will help students. And if getting,
if it’s possible to have lower tuition, I think that’d be phenomenal. And I think that would increase
our numbers in enrollment and hopefully improve our retention numbers,
but we also have to realize, where is this money coming from? And if it’s coming from different sources,
potentially maybe increased State funding or increased federal
funding, I think that’s great. I think, also part of the board’s
decision is to decide what property taxes are going to be, so obviously local property tax did
not sustain doing this on its own. So we would need outside help to be
able to lower the tuition more, to the level to where we could offer this to
more students to better their community.>>Dorothy.>>An easy answer about free education. If it has value, and someone gets
a paycheck because of that value, how can we ask them to work for free? I don’t know that the administration is
going to take a big cut in their salaries to provide a lesser cut of tuition for
the students. At this point, money is not on trees. And I think all of us know that. So as far as cutting tuition,
I want to do that, I want to get it down, and if we can live within our
means there would be no reason to have to ever raise tuition or
ever have to raise taxes. It’s not, as they say it’s not taxing
problem, it is a spending problem. So again if it has value understand
no one’s going to work for free. To provide it to you for free.>>Right, pretty simple fact of
life there are no free rides. I am not in favor of zero tuition. I think that if you don’t have stake
in the game then you don’t have buy in. I think that’s important how we
control the cost is important. Also, I think a lot of times we’re so
[INAUDIBLE] driving it up, one thing I see in district
[INAUDIBLE] chasing political dollars. In an election year,
[INAUDIBLE] we know that can’t be so we take, so we have opportunities
they’re not going to last. What we do is each lesson
we propagated ourselves and act again and I am not in favor of that.>>Gene.
>>Free education works in Europe because Standards that begin at the universities
are extremely high on that. So, students have to bust their
tails to get there to make it. In US we don’t have the same system,
or have the same social expectation. So yes I think free
education is a bad idea, just like any free program from
the federal government’s a bad idea. I’m very much in favor of
affordable education, but these community colleges were created
to offer students basic education. Quality education at a very affordable
price where you could then transfer on to a university of higher education. That’s what I’m in favor of. We need to keep tuition down. No more tuition increases,
no more tax increases. Maintain standards in the classroom. And you will not have
a problem with enrollment. Maintain the hiring quality instructors. Cut administrative bloat and excessive
spending on unnecessary programs. Increase the resources you have and this
district will not only balance its budget, it’ll have a profit.>>Phil.>>Well, I agree with Gene that tuition
should not be free and it’s important for everybody to be vested in the mission of
higher education at the individual level and at the community level. I took out a lot of loans to pay for
my education. I think it was the best
investment I’ve ever made. There are several things
that have been done and we’ve continued to build on in
order to keep tuition affordable. One is certainly, look for
efficiencies in the budget and operations of this district. Second is philanthropy. And we have a program in place today in
Dallas County Community College which is called Rising Star. And $27 million has been raised for $3
million for fully endowing the opportunity for every student in Dallas County
that graduates with a B average or better to attend the community college for
free. There are probably some students in this
audience who are taking advantage of that program, and it is absolutely critical. There are other things we can do too. State support community
colleges is declining and it’s declining dramatically and
that trend will likely continue. We need to articulate
the value proposition and the cost effectiveness of creating higher
education capacity at community colleges. And there are federal issues as well. Federal government for example said
okay programs no longer apply for students taking summer school. Well, that’s a terrible idea because
students should be able to get support for their education from federal grants,
anytime they want to go to school. So, expanding federal support for
students at community colleges, President Obama wants it to be free there
are ways that the federal government and colleges can step up and support those and
I will be involved in those efforts. [INAUDIBLE]
>>All right thank you candidates. We’ll do one more round. One minute responses to a specific set
of questions before our candidates will be allowed to give closing remarks. Martha will lead off in this
final one minute question. If elected how would
the DCCCD be different at the end of your first
term in six years?>>If I’m elected, I believe that
the Dallas County Community Colleges will be more physically,
fiscally responsible. At the end of my term,
we will make wise decisions as a board of trustees about spending. One example of that is the southern
association evaluation. Instead of having it
separate on each campus so that it costs seven million
dollars to do that. It could be done under one umbrella for
one million dollars, so just cutting in the right places so that we can spend in the right places,
which is for our students. And our staff.>>Martha.>>If I’m elected, one of the things I
would like to see done at the end of my term, is have more student
involvement with the Board of Trustees. And what I mean is,
having students engage in, not only knowing what goes on at
the board level, but going to meetings, potentially maybe even
having a student trustee. As I talk to students
this past few months, and I ask them what they think about the
board, and what the board should improve, many of them have no idea that
there’s a Board of Trustees. That decide these huge decisions, such
as tuition for them, and I think that’s really sad, because students
are the reason why this board exists. And I believe that we should
have more student input and have more students be
engaged in the system.>>Dorothy.>>In six years, I would hope that there would have
not been another tuition increase. I do hope at that point,
our instructors are paid, as the instructors deserve to be paid. And then everything revolves
around the student. That is what I’m hoping for,
because education is why we’re here. We’re not here to provide parking lots, we’re not here to make sure that
administrators get a really good paycheck. I want it to be a safe place,
I want it to be a nurturing place, and I want it to be a place of education. And after six years I very much,
I believe I could do that. Thank you.>>Frank.>>Given my term, I’d like to see that
maybe through the community would have involvement in the decisions and
operations of the campus. We are a community college, and as such,
the college there, student involvement, and the community itself I think that is
the most critical that we look at that. And the way you’ve made your
election evaluation, as an example, I mentioned before,
is in the technology programs. How do you measure success? Well you measure it in all
kinds of academic terms, but in reality the way to
measure a technology program, where you’re trying to help students,
develop students to become important. It’s really, the industry needs help,
when do they call you? First or last? That’s a good evaluation
of success academically. How many four year schools, major universities come to each
campus to recruit students? That’s their known measure of success. I was thinking that, if involved in
community involvement, by getting all the people in the community involved
as well as students in [INAUDIBLE].>>Gene.>>At the end of six years, I hope to
turn this district around 180 degrees. I hope to put the focus from
useless spending on projects that are very questionable about whom
exactly has benefited from them. I want to put the focus, instead of that
spending, I want to put the focus on education, quality education,
I want to put it back in the classrooms. I want to make sure that
quality employees are hired, both as employees of professional
support staff, and it’s instructors. I want to see this district again
be the jewel that it once was, where when students come out
of here they know something. They’ve been educated in the basics,
of the classics, of science and math. Not just technical schools. That’s what I want to see. I want to see a return to
fiscal responsibility and conservative education practices and
ideas.>>Phil.>>Well in six years,
I’d like to see these two things happen. First off,
I’d like to see a more intelligible and transparent set of metrics on
how this district’s performing. I tend to think it performs very,
very well, as an absolute strength and an asset to this community, but
sometimes that’s hard to prove. We got on the district’s website
there’s this strategic plan, but there’s no metrics attached to
that plan that chart progress. And I think that’s an important issue to
work on, especially going to be important for policymakers,
as we’re making decisions about resources. The second thing I would like to see
is a more educated, balanced county. In a lot of ways we need to start
thinking about education in terms of population
outcomes in the county. Do we have a smarter, better, more skilled
workforce that’s meeting the needs of the economy, and perhaps not focus so
much on the metrics of the past. i.e., how many people we graduated, or
how many remedial courses we do and those types of things. Dallas County is smarter, better, and
our population’s better educated, we’ve got a big role to play in that,
and we need to participate in that. And so I’ll be moving on those
population success metrics as well.>>Richard.>>Six years from now, if I’m on the Board
of Trustees, I think that we can count on a few things to take effect, and
we’ll make progress on many others. I think that we will be
graduating more students, we will make sure those students
that graduate get good jobs. I think that we can empower students
with more information to make decisions. For example, we have about 40
different certificates and degrees that are offered here, but
we don’t really do a good job of breaking down how much they pay, and
how many of those graduates get jobs. And giving students the ability to make
important decisions about their own investments, and
their time in their education. Again, I think we can keep costs
affordable, there’s at least two of us in this race who I think are committed
to not raising tuition. I don’t think every candidate in
this race has made that commitment. I will vote against tuition increases,
I think it’s important that we keep community college affordable for
all students. I think that we can make a lot of progress
by leading the open textbooks into the classroom to reduce cost for students. I think you gotta embrace technology to
bring education to our students through their computers, online. If you’re able to learn
something online and demonstrate that you have the knowledge
that we teach in the class, we should have a way that
you can get credit for that. I think we would make a lot of progress
in a lot of those areas in six years.>>Thank you, thank you, candidates. This might be an appropriate place for
us, and maybe the candidates would agree, to thank our students for
this level of questions, the rigor of the questions that
you’ve heard over the last hour.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>We’ll continue with the established rotations. And Monica you’ll be up to
start with the closing remarks. This is of course an opportunity for
you to consider, was there a questions our students didn’t ask, you wish they had,
and what would the answer be. You again, will each have two minutes
to respond with the closing remarks.>>Thank you so much for
your time in attending today. Again my name is Monica Lira Bravo. I’m running for District 4, which is
Southeast Dallas part of the county, which covers Eastfield College. Again, I remind you that I believe that my
background as an attorney, as a business owner, and as a board member gives me the
right qualifications for this position. The three things that I have been focusing
on, and will focus on if I’m elected as the next Trustee, will be keeping the
property taxes low for our communities, as property owners I believe that’s
important, that those stay low. And at the same time,
I would like accessible tuition for all of our students. And that could mean by
keeping our tuition low, and finding other revenue sources,
other than classes and intuition. And the last thing that I
have on my platform, and there’s flyers outside on the table,
I encourage you to grab it. And so if you have any other questions for
me you can reach out. I’m a strong proponent of
keeping our community first, keeping our community engaged,
and that includes taxpayers, that includes our faculty,
our staff, and mostly our students. On this board, I will be a voice for all of you. Thank you so much for your time.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you.>>I’m Dorothy Zimmerman. Yes, at this point I hope
to be your candidate for place three on the board. I do intend to put all my
energy behind the education. As far as spending if you can live within
our means there’s no reason to ask for funding from any place else. Dallas County is a very good tax space. If we’re careful with our money we can make sure that your
education is excellent. Thank you.
>>[APPLAUSE].>>Frank.>>Frank Millsap, District 3. This is basically with my colleagues I have a long and
strong history probably as along the way, Lakewood and
that area just north of Dallas [INAUDIBLE] I think my experiences about
being the district all these years [INAUDIBLE] Success
[INAUDIBLE] Idea of need and necessity and appreciation for the hard work that you had to
go to paint the big picture. I make the program, with about thousand
dollars and make a foundation just for a program, and
that came after community involvement. Our behavior Regarded as 19,000
to the foundation this year, Began community involvement. I think it is important that we You
[INAUDIBLE] that would be the one thing [INAUDIBLE] Million dollars and
[INAUDIBLE] Bond issue. One thing, I would highly
require if I get on the board is [INAUDIBLE] Do anything or
say anything we do a major budget impact. Analysis. We could get all kinds of donations and
gifts and [INAUDIBLE], but we never seem to think about
what’s it going to cost to maintain it in an area that we would be proud
to say we built this ten years ago? And I think that is something that
is really important that we continue in the most [INAUDIBLE]
Gene.>>Gene Robinson I’m running for board of trustees position two. I think everybody here today knows my
position, knows how I feel I’ve been talking about it on the campus for
ten years, so I think it’s not a surprise, to anybody, I won’t waste my two
minutes going back over that. What I will do is to ask you to
support [INAUDIBLE] Your health by licensing [INAUDIBLE] I cannot do
it by myself, I need your vote. I need you to vote for me, I need. You can ask your colleagues to vote for
me, I need you to ask your friends and
family members. Please look on your voter registration
card, I’m in district two. It says it on your card. There are elections this period for
district two, three and four. There are fiscally conservative
candidates that want to run with me for these positions they are up here today. I ask you to vote for tem. If we can get in that position [INAUDIBLE]
Forward we can turn things around. And we will have more obstacles. Please do something to help yourselves. It’s been a long period of time. We have had no voice in this campus. You have a chance now. Okay you have a chance. Thank you, thank you.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Paul Ritter running for district two and in my We focused on overseeing an efficient operation
management operation of the district. And also focusing on sweet success and
[UNKNOWN ]Look at the qualifications in the backgrounds of
the Candidates running for office. I believe I have
an educational background, I believe that my experience over
30 years in the business and public and
non-profit sector is highly relevant and important characters to think about
as you look at your next trustee’s, look at the trajectory of the involvement
of the candidate education generally and this district in particular. I’ve been involved for nearly 20 years in supporting the Dallas
County Community College district. I’m not hoping just to
advance any partisan agenda. I’m not doing it to advance the personal,
political ambition. Two other candidates in my race
have won other offices recently before choosing to run for this one. And that’s not what I’m about. This will be the last
office that I will seek. I promise you. And I commit to fully finishing my
term as a trustee, over six years, if you elect me to this office. Thank you very much.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>I’m going to stand if that’s all right because [INAUDIBLE]. Thank you everyone for
coming out here today. Again my name is Richard Morgan. I’m here to ask for your vote. What I can commit to you for the next
six years, I will work tirelessly for this district, for
the students of this district. We exist for the success of our students. Not only have I been a student here,
but I want to point out also, I have also worked staff at
a university here in North Texas. I spent two years on the technology team
where I worked directly with each of our departments to build
the employee internet and I built the Emergency Testing System for
our campus and a number of things. And during that time I worked closely with our staff members to understand their
needs and to find solutions that work. So I’m looking forward to helping our
students as well as our staff and our faculty who work so hard here. If you live in Coppell,
Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Irving or kind of the west side
of Dallas are in this district. Obviously, Brookhaven is an important
part of the Farmers Branch community. I’m honored to have the endorsement of
the current Farmers Branch mayor and three former Farmers Branch mayors, as well as many citizens who support
the reasons why I’m running. But, again, I’d love to have your vote. Richard Morgan, thank you.
[APPLAUSE] Monica, I believe you have the last word.>>I’m sorry?>>You have the last word.>>Oh good.
The last word.>>[LAUGH]
>>Okay. Martha Jo Talbot, place 4. Which is the Eastville Southeastern
part of our county. And if I’m elected to this position
I will be the only educator serving on the board of trustees. I think it’s an important step to
have an educator on the board so that things can be presented
from an educator’s view point. I currently work with
college students as they do their student teaching in the classroom,
and I also supervise first year teachers. So I’m accustomed to working
with students of this age group If elected I
will serve you well. The students and the instructors. We’ll make sure that I know what your feelings are on
certain subjects before we move to vote. Thank you very much.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>Members, I’ll ask them Provide a healthy round of applause for candidates. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] Everybody
let’s take the [INAUDIBLE] and create services divisions
through the programs and resources Theater staff here
in the space that we’re in. My own Staff,
our faculty association and our. I think all of our candidates are ready
and willing to leap and have an extended conversation with you right outside
these doors for the reception. So let’s extend our remarks there,
other wise this session has concluded, thank you very much for coming.>>[APPLAUSE]