Jay Cunningham

jay Cunningham

Your Full Name: Jay Cunningham

Years in CCISD: 14

Subdivision/Neighborhood: Westover Park

Occupation: District Manager for Nucalgon

Spouse's Name: Carri Cunningham

Children: Jay Cunningham, Jr. - Sophmore at Clear Springs; Jordan Cunningham - 6th grader at Creekside Intermediate

Why did you choose to live in CCISD?
When I moved back to the Houston area from Kansas City in 2004, the League City area was just starting to grow with new subdivisions popping up. And CCISD was widely known as one of the best school districts in the greater Houston area.

Are you currently a CCISD volunteer? If so, what school(s)?
Yes, all over where needed. Particular to Walter Hall, Creekside and Clear Springs.

List your participation in CCISD schools and/or district parent clubs, business partnerships and/or committees:
Walter Hall Elementary PTA, Creekside PTA, Clear Springs Baseball Booster Club, 2013 bond committee, 2013/14 Strategic Plan district committee, CCISD Board of Trustees since 2015.

Include any other areas in which you have supported CCISD not included in the previous question:
CCISD Education Foundation, CCISD Athletics

List any community organizations in which you are currently involved in, including any offices currently or previously held:
San Jacinto CTE Advisory Council

Considering your skills and talents, what positive contribution would you make as a member of the Board of Trustees?
Having coached various youth sports teams and having a history of community involvement, I am used to providing my support to not only the district but also the community. I fully support the children and attend various events in and around the district. I think CCISD is one of the best school districts in the state based on the programs that are provided to all students, student success inside and outside of the classroom and community support that the district generates. This instills a sense of pride and I look forward to contributing and working within this environment!

What roles do trustees play in affecting student success?
Trustees first and foremost advocate for all of the children in the district, regardless of if you are running for an "at-large" or "district" position. We affect student success through this advocacy at the State level by affecting the legislation that is passed. At the local level the policies that are voted on and implemented have a profound affect on the quality of education, expectations and finally the tone of the district. This is done through the support that is provided through budget decisions, helping oversee the various student programs that are provided and by generating community support and involvement.

What critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues?
Public education funding is going to continue to affect the district's budget. It is going to require tapping into the State's rainy day fund in order to make the district whole. Growth is another factor that I spoke about 3 years ago when I ran for the school board. SBAC in the fall is going to play a factor in assessing potential new boundary lines and determine how to evenly distribute the district's resources. And finally, unfunded mandates are going to have to be addressed. The district's constituents needs to know that if things are truly important to the legislatures at the State level, then they should back those mandates with either grant or budgetary funding associated with them!

Please provide campaign website and/or contact information: jaycunningham@me.com

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