Q. What is the school district’s biggest problem and how can you help solve it?
A. In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing the district is to accommodate growth as well as not to compromise the quality of Aledo ISD education and programs. I believe this can be mitigated by frequent evaluation of the strategic/growth plan and policies including management of the ISD; by keeping a balance between the education, academics and athletic programs; and by timely action.
Q. What makes you the best candidate for school board?
A. I (Farida Goderya) am the best candidate for the school board because:
• I have raised two kids who attended public schools, and I understand the challenges parents face in preparing and parenting our kids through the education system.
• I bring the unique perspective of a mother and a woman. The ISD will also benefit from women representation on the board as at least half of the student population is girls and more than 50 percent of the teacher population is female.
• My education, experiences, analytical and problem solving capability along with the perspective of an engineer, a university professor and a public sector employee will contribute to the Aledo ISD education system.
• I have a passion to serve/volunteer. I want to contribute back to the community as I have benefitted from it. I am a strong believer of doing the right thing.
• I am an avid team player, quick learner, methodical and organized individual.
• I will look at things objectively, without biases; I pride myself on being fair and rational.
• I have the ability to ask the right questions and solve complex matters by simplifying the approach. I am a big believer of the KISS (Keep It Simple and Straightforward or Keep it Short and Simple) principle.
Q. What steps should be taken to make Aledo ISD the best it can be?
A. Some of the things we can concentrate on:
• To make every effort to make all Aledo ISD schools Exemplary schools (currently most schools within Aledo ISD are rated as Recognized.) This would mean combined efforts of the whole team; teachers, parents, administrative staff and students.
• Strive to make all schools the place where all students and teachers look forward to come, each and every day.
• Have a greater parent involvement with ISD schools and kids’ affairs; I suggest making committees for a specific task and matter.
• Provide resources so students excel in science, math and technical fields.
• Expand the academic competitions that Aledo ISD takes part in.
• Provide opportunities to students to easily pursue higher education and/or skill trades.
• Prepare our students so they are equipped to compete in a changing/global job market.