Jake Berry

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Your Full Name: Jacob Leonard Berry

Years in CCISD: 15

Subdivision/Neighborhood: Blackhawk

Occupation: Cyber Security Information Assurance

Spouse's Name: Yulia Berry

Children: William "Bill" Berry

Why did you choose to live in CCISD?
Great school district, as well as proximity to family and work.

Are you currently a CCISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?
Westbrook Intermediate

List your participation in CCISD schools and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees:
Whitcomb Elementary - PTA Vice President, President and Carnival Chair
Weber Elementary - PTA Secretary and Festival Chair

Include any other areas in which you have supported CCISD not included in the previous question:
CCISD Tax Payer for 15+ years
American Legion #490 member

List any community organizations in which you are currently involved in, including any offices currently or previously held:
Texas Air National Guard Member
Texas PTA

Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?
I will bring to the Board a unique understanding of current and upcoming technological needs for campuses, as none of the current members have backgrounds in this field. I have had the opportunity to overcome challenges on campus levels while acting as a PTA member, as well as PTA President as parent/school liaison. Concurrently, I bring 12 years of military service, offering a sense of honor and passion for helping my community. Above all else, I am a parent who deeply wants to see our next generation be the best it can be.

What roles do trustees play in affecting student success?
Playing a vital role in advancing the success of our students, trustees are the voice for his/her community at a district level. To do this well, trustees need to ask, listen, and learn what the community is saying so that responsible and informed choices can be made. A trustee does not have to agree with everything, but he/she does need to understand everything to effectively arrive at viable solutions.

What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?
CCISD is a great district - and has been for years! Even so, at times our community needs to perform checks and balances to assure that our district is providing the best possible learning opportunities for our students. According to the State’s report card on our district we are struggling in two areas: 1) number of days of cash on hand and current investments, and 2) the ratio of long-term liabilities – both scores are low. We must identify wasteful expenditures and responsibly consider true needs requiring future debt. As a district, we face challenges in terms of communicating with parents and providing parent education opportunities. These two issues can be clearly seen in the Clear Creek Independent School District Community Report Card. Better management of existing tools (IE: district websites, social media, and student flyers) must be employed effectively in addressing these challenges, as well as keeping parents are of – and involved in - district activities.

Please provide campaign website and/or contact information: https://www.facebook.com/Jake4CCISD

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