Debbie Gillespie announced this week she is seeking re-election to a third term on the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, Place 5.
“I am excited to begin my campaign for continued service to the FISD community,” Gillespie stated. Currently in her sixth year of service, Gillespie says she has greatly enjoyed serving on the Board and believes that continuity in leadership is extremely important at this time as the District continues to meet the challenges of fast-growth and budget constraints while keeping the focus on student achievement.
Gillespie was first elected to the FISD Board in 2011 and is currently serving her third year as Board Secretary. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership TASB, earning the distinction of Master Trustee.
Gillespie is the first FISD trustee to ever be elected to represent Frisco and all of Region 10 at the state level as the Texas Association of School Boards, Region 10A Director; first in 2015 for a one-year unexpired term, then re-elected for a three-year term in 2016.
An advocate for public education and for all students, she believes it is critical to stay in contact with local leaders and legislators and to study the issues and trends that are impacting families at the local, regional and state levels, and beyond. Staying connected locally through attendance at school assemblies, sporting events, band competitions and fine arts performances, helps her to better advocate for what is important to the FISD community. Being involved at the regional and state level allows her to learn about best practices, to understand the unique issues and needs being faced across Texas and the nation, and to expand the influence of our local efforts. She is extremely passionate about the whole child framework and is a proponent of the many programs in place to engage all community members, such as the new parent orientations, the ongoing parenting series and the upcoming leadership program, Insight FISD.
“Keeping communication open and expanding community involvement and support are all vital to keeping FISD the best place for our students to learn and grow,” she said.
Prior to Board service, Gillespie was an avid community volunteer and board member for organizations such as Frisco Family Services, Miracle League, PTA and PTO, in addition to more recent service through National Charity League, Young Men’s Service League, Frisco Council of PTA’s, the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Fastpacs. She is a very proud recipient of the Frisco Council of PTA’s 2016 Lifetime Award.
“We are so fortunate to have a Board that works well together and understands the importance of keeping our students first,” Gillespie said. “I am proud to serve with them and to support the important work of our FISD staff in their efforts to provide the best in opportunities for all students.”
Gillespie is a native Texan, born in Kerrville and raised in Austin. She is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University. She and her husband, Dane, moved to Frisco in 1995 and have two children who attended and graduated from FISD schools.