Cindy Williams has announced her candidacy for a fifth term to Midlothian ISD board of trustees Place 6.
Williams and her family have been members of the Midlothian community since 1997. Shortly after moving to Midlothian, there was an open position on the MISD school board. Williams said she saw this as an opportunity to become an active advocate for education within the community.
Having served on the MISD board since 1999 (12 years), Williams said she loves the privilege of serving the entire community through this elected role. In addition to participating in education at the local level, Williams is also an active advocate for Midlothian ISD and Texas public education at the regional, state and national levels. She has served on the Legislative Advisory Council for more than seven years, representing the interests of Midlothian ISD and working with trustees from districts around the state to determine legislative priorities that best serve public education students around the state.
For the past two years, Williams has been selected by the Texas Association of School Boards to attend the Federal Relations Network to lobby for public education needs at the federal level. For the past two years, she also served on the board for the North Texas Area Association of School Boards, which encompasses all school districts within Education Districts 10 and 11. Another example of Williams’ dedication to her school board responsibility is found in her one-year training experience that resulted in earning the master trustee designation from the state.
Asked why she is running for school board, Williams said, “My motives are the same as they were when I ran the very first time. I have no hidden agendas, only to serve and give back to our wonderful community. My faith and values reinforce that we are to serve others.”
Williams’ commitment to serving others goes beyond serving on the school board. Her entire career has been working for faith-based service organizations. Currently, she serves as human resources director for Texas Baptists. Prior to that, Williams provided leadership development for Methodist Health Systems and GuideStone Financial Resources, S.B.C. In addition, she said her passion for serving and for her faith is demonstrated by the fact that she has volunteered as a bible study teacher for more than 30 years, serving in the youth, pre-school and now young adult Bible study areas.
In addition, Williams said she has a passion for education. She earned her B.B.A. in business education and her master’s degree in organizational management. Williams holds two professional HR certifications. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the College of Business at Dallas Baptist University, teaching graduate level courses for more than 12 years.
Being a school trustee for Midlothian ISD has had its challenges, Williams said, saying that during her 12 years of service, she has dealt with many issues, such as handling the challenges of a fast growth district. She said she’s been a champion for creating the best possible learning environment for Midlothian students by hiring the best teachers, administrative staff and support staff and holding them accountable to high standards. Other improvements Williams has influenced or initiated during her past four terms include: (1) increasing the district’s fund balance (reserve funds) from less than $500,000 to more than $19 million; (2) creating the Midlothian Education Foundation; (3) increasing staff recognition; (4) more active strategic planning by the board; and (5) participation in the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Places to Work survey (MISD placed fourth in 2009 and third in 2010 in the large employer category).
Asked what has been the hardest part of serving, Williams said, “Campaigning is definitely the hardest part and I’m not very good at it. I have a passion for kids and education and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve our community. With the votes and support of our community, I promise to keep the focus on giving every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.”