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December 21, 2014

Candidate Profile: Shirley Fanuiel

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 3:00 pm | Updated: 11:37 pm, Sat Apr 27, 2013.

Name:  Shirley Fanuiel

Age:  63

Occupation:  Retired Economist

Campaign website or social media site: None

Elected offices held (with years of service):

La Marque ISD Board 1995-20013

Chair—Gulf Coast Area Association of School Board Members—2000-2001

Vice Chair—Gulf Coast Area Association of School Board Members--1999-2000

Chair--American Red Cross Galveston County –1998-1999

Vice Chair—League of Women Voters---1999-2000

Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?

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Q: Have you ever been charged or convicted of a felony crime? If you answer yes please explain.

Yes _____ No _N____

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Q: Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? If you answer yes, please explain.

Yes _Y ___ No ______

EXPLAIN:  In varies public organizations.  I have not sued an individual.

Q: Do you have any other debts (including unpaid taxes) to a public entity? If yes please explain.

Yes _____ No ___N___

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Q: Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book or your mobile number listed for the public to contact you directly?

Yes__Y____ No_______

Q: Why should voters choose you?

A:  As an incumbent that has served LMISD for over 17 years, I care about this district.  My focus is and has always been what is best for our students with academics being first.  I believe that all students can learn if they are met at their level and given the encouragement and tools they need to excel.

Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?

A:  My main qualification is that I care about the students of LMISD and their need to be successful.  My background is in program analysis and economics. These two areas afford me the ability to analyze data, forecast trends and measure operational efficiencies.

Q: What are the issues in this campaign?

A: Rebuilding and Restoring our instructional programs, stabilizing our finance and encouraging and rewarding student and employee’s performance.

Q: What is your platform on those issues?

A:  Strong academic programs tailored to the needs of our student population, sound fiscal management and accountability.

Q: Who has been most to blame for LMISD’s financial woes, the school board or the administration?

A:   Placing blame at this point is not beneficial.  Educating our students will take a community effort.  What needs to happen from this point is team work, a TEAM effort between all the stakeholders in this district; teachers, administrators, parents, business and school board to create a strong learning environment for our students.

Q: If elected what will you do to promote more transparency by the school board?

A:  As a long time board member, I have always promoted transparency by the board.  The current board wants everyone to know what is happening and how the board is working to create the best learning environment possible for the children of LMISD.

Q: Do you support the LMISD solvency plan? Why or why not?

A:  The board unanimously supported the solvency.  We are awaiting TEA approval which may require some modifications.  The plan as submitted attempts to address the district‘s financial deficit.

Q: What would you do to help increase enrollment at LMISD?

A:  Continue to support ---Strong academic programs, sound fiscal management and accountability.

Q: Would you support at this time the Texas Education Agency having direct oversight of the district’s operations?

A: No.  As a proud graduate of LMISD I support community control.

Q: What specific steps need to be made to address the district’s financial woes?

A:  Freeze all hiring that is not directly related to student achievement specifically academic achievement.  Look for additional ways to cut contractual cost.  Review all outsourced contract and aggressively seek and apply for grants.

Q: What specific qualifications are you looking for in the next superintendent of LMISD?

A visionary, who understands the academic and fiscal needs of the district, is a good communicator and can, built the moral of the district.

Q: Do you support the rehiring of former Police Chief Russell Washington? Why or why not?

A:  As a current board member I will not comment on a pending legal case.

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