Having served the past five years on the Calallen Independent School District Board of Trustees, Tammy McDonald is asking voters to re-elect her based on that experience and her commitment to education.
McDonald and her husband reside in the Calallen area and have had their two children graduate from Calallen High School in the past four years. Her youngest child, Samantha, graduated in 2009.
She is currently employed as a human resources manager with King Ranch Inc., and is also a lecturer at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Business. McDonald has both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in management.
"I feel that the business background I have is a benefit to the board and I truly believe in community service," she said. "I think there is great importance in community service and education."
McDonald has served on the board since May 2005 and said she and the rest of the trustees are committed to ensuring the district keeps its high quality of education despite struggling with low state funding.
"That is a big concern and a priority," she said. "What we have to do is find ways to provide a quality and excellent education to our students with the funding that we have. I think the passage of the Tax Ratification Election is just one of those pieces…that will bring extra money into our school district while also keeping our tax rate the same."
In reference to concerns about she not having children currently enrolled in the district, McDonald said that has no impact to how seriously she takes her position.
"I think we all, as community members and taxpayers, have a vested interest in the education of our children," she said. "The education of our children affects all of us, whether your children are in the district or not. So, I don't think it plays an important role if you have a child in the school district.
"We're still very much a part of the community and have a vested interest in it," she added.
CISD trustees serve four year terms and do not receive a salary for their service.