ARLINGTON ISD TRUSTEE CANDIDATES

Question 1: What environmental goals would you actively pursue as a member of the AISD Board of Trustees?

SAM ABU, PLACE 1

No response.

POLLY WALTON, PLACE 1

No response.

SARAH MCMURROUGH, PLACE 1

As a former fourth grade teacher of 12 years, I used to teach my students about the importance of conservation of natural resources as well as the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources and dangers associated with human negligence. Year after year, my students were always very passionate about taking care of our planet, and it is important to me that I model practicing what I preach each day in both my personal and professional life. My role as an AISD School Board Trustee will be no exception. One of the major projects stemming from our approved 2019 Bond Package is the complete rebuild of 4 aging AISD schools. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the options of alternative sources of energy such as solar panels at those facilities. I also think it's important to continue the energy-saving initiatives we already have in place such as "Turn it Off Tuesday" and offering rewards and celebrations to campuses who conserve the most energy. This involves the teachers, staff, and children in the process. Taking care of our environment is something we all must be intentional about and work together to achieve. Our home is at stake, and our children are watching.

WATSON ROBINSON, JR., PLACE 1

No response.

MELODY FOWLER, PLACE 2

No response.

MICHAEL PERKINS, PLACE 2

No response.

AARON REICH, PLACE 3

No response.

RICHARD WEBER, PLACE 3

I have no specific environmental goals. The school district already has many energy saving and "green" techniques.

DAPHNE JACKSON, PLACE 3

No response.

Question 2: Many large ISDs now have a climate action/sustainability plan. What should AISD be doing in regards to climate adaptation, climate resilience, and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions? Do you support a comprehensive climate action/sustainability plan for the District?

SAM ABU, PLACE 1

No response.

POLLY WALTON, PLACE 1

No response.

SARAH MCMURROUGH, PLACE 1

I think it would be ideal to partner with local energy experts, the mayor, and our city council members to develop a citywide plan to lower greenhouse emissions in our facilities. AISD is the first district in the country to implement the Recycling Retriever program, and it is critical that we continue recycling at all of our facilities, especially being that we are the 13th largest school district in the state. I do support a climate action/sustainability plan.

WATSON ROBINSON, JR., PLACE 1

No response.

MELODY FOWLER, PLACE 2

No response.

MICHAEL PERKINS, PLACE 2

No response.

AARON REICH, PLACE 3

No response.

RICHARD WEBER, PLACE 3

I believe the current activities by the district in regard to climate adaptation is fine. Mr. Kelly Horn is doing an excellent job.

DAPHNE JACKSON, PLACE 3

No response.

Question 3: Would you support the creation of a Director of Sustainability position and/or the creation of an Office of Sustainability?

SAM ABU, PLACE 1

No response.

POLLY WALTON, PLACE 1

No response.

SARAH MCMURROUGH, PLACE 1

As a former fourth grade teacher of 12 years, I used to teach my students about the importance of conservation of natural resources as well as the differences between renewable and nonrenewable resources and dangers associated with human negligence. Year after year, my students were always very passionate about taking care of our planet, and it is important to me that I model practicing what I preach each day in both my personal and professional life. My role as an AISD School Board Trustee will be no exception. One of the major projects stemming from our approved 2019 Bond Package is the complete rebuild of 4 aging AISD schools. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the options of alternative sources of energy such as solar panels at those facilities. I also think it's important to continue the energy-saving initiatives we already have in place such as "Turn it Off Tuesday" and offering rewards and celebrations to campuses who conserve the most energy. This involves the teachers, staff, and children in the process. Taking care of our environment is something we all must be intentional about and work together to achieve. Our home is at stake, and our children are watching.

WATSON ROBINSON, JR., PLACE 1

No response.

MELODY FOWLER, PLACE 2

No response.

MICHAEL PERKINS, PLACE 2

No response.

AARON REICH, PLACE 3

No response.

RICHARD WEBER, PLACE 3

Yes. We currently have an Environmental Safety Coordinator in AISD, and this leader can take on the same important role and involve all stakeholders in the process of meeting goals that enhance our environment.

DAPHNE JACKSON, PLACE 3

No response.