Name: Nicholas Long
Occupation: Public Sector Employee Benefit Consultant
Campaign website or social media site: www.VoteNickLong.comElected offices held (with years of service): None
Q: Are you a legal resident of the district you are seeking to represent?
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ADDRESS: 853 Coastal Court League City TX 77573
Q: Have you ever been charged or convicted of a felony crime? If you answer yes please explain.
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Q: Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? If you answer yes, please explain.
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Q: Do you have any other debts (including unpaid taxes) to a public entity? If yes please explain.
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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?
Q: Why should voters choose you?
A: My wife and I are both graduates of CCISD and when we decided to start a family it was an easy decision for us to move back to the area. I have a business background and have been a VP of a Fortune 100 company and struggled to make payroll in a small business. I have spent my entire career working with school districts to help them provide a solid Return-on-Investment to parents and businesses. I would like the opportunity to do the same in my hometown. I will bring solid fiscally conservative leadership to the board and ensure every possible dollar is spent in the classroom, where it belongs.
Q: What are your specific qualifications for the position?A:My entire career I have worked with school districts to help them maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of their employee compensation and benefit plans. 86% of CCISD’s budget is related to employee compensation and benefits. ObamaCare has fundamentally changed the responsibilities of employers and CCISD is no different. The District faces multimillion dollar fines for failing to comply with ObamaCare. I am uniquely suited to help CCISD navigate these new challenges and ensure the District and its dedicated employees do not suffer.
Q: What are the issues in this campaign?
CCISD must maintain and improve upon our reputation for academic excellence, and encourage engagement through a transparent governing process.
Excellence is fueled by great teachers and curriculum. CCISD has outstanding educators but as with all successful organization our competitors are constantly trying to lure them away. We must create a compensation plan and a culture in which the best teachers want to stay. CCISD’s curriculum specialists do a fantastic job of creating quality curriculum and I will fight to ensure CSCOPE is not implemented in any way.
Excellence cannot be measured by a standardized test, CCISD must work with other Districts to lead the way for more real world assessments.
Q: What is your platform on those issues?A:
A strong family and a great teacher in the classroom are paramount for a good education but it is also important to provide safe and secure learning environments. CCISD has some aging and ill equipped facilities that must be addressed in a fiscally responsible way.
The school district must have local control, not simply control the locals. Local control starts by having a transparent and accessible government. As a Trustee I will help facilitate this by insisting on three measures.
Stream & save board meetings online
Distributing board packets to the public before the meetings
Removing all spending actions from the consent agenda
Q: How many children do you have attending CCISD? How many have attended in the past? If your children do not attend CCISD are they home schooled or private school?
A:I am the father of 2 future Clear Creek Wildcats.
Q: Do you favor the proposed bond referendum? Why or why not?
A: There are some vital issues that desperately need to be addressed with bond money such as the conditions at CLHS, McWhirter and several other schools.
However we have a major debt problem at CCISD. If this Bond passes CCISD will have the second largest debt to student ratio in Texas ($25,126) among large districts.
Ultimately the bond will be decided by the voters not the candidates or the current school board. I implore the voters (whether pro or anti bond) to elect a representative that will best watch out for their children’s interests and the financial interests of this District as a whole.
Q: If you support the bond proposal, what assurances can you give that the money will be spent wisely? If you do not support the bond proposal, what alternative do you propose to meet the needs of the district?
A: If the bond passes I will ensure contracts are awarded via a robust bidding process. As a consultant I have extensive experience conducting and managing large public bids. I will exert strong fiscal management to ensure the CCISD taxpayers receive the most for their bond dollars.
If the bond fails I will work with all parties to put forth another bond next year that will pass. I will strive to give the voters more options and not lump extracurricular activities with the vital academic needs.
Q: How would you rate the leadership of the CCISD administration?
A: I am a big fan of Dr. Smith. He provides a clear vision for the district and acts as CCISD’s biggest cheerleader. His leadership will be essential as we strive to further improve CCISD and ensure our kids are ready to face the changing world.