School Board Agendas & Notices
Josh Brinkley was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. He is currently serving as President to the board. Mr. Brinkley, a former graduate of Valley View ISD in 1998, is the father of two daughters, and one son and is married to Shawna Brinkley. Mr. Brinkley is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Texas and a 2008 graduate of Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Mr. Brinkley is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club, the First United Methodist Church of Valley View. Mr. Brinkley is an attorney in Gainesville, Texas.
Ray Sappington was elected to the Valley View ISD Board of Trustees in 2005. He has completed the statewide training program, Leadership TASB, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards as well as other Board training programs over the years. Mr. Sappington is married to Amy Sappington: they have two daughters, Erika and Marlowe Sappington. Erika graduated from VVISD in 2013 and Marlowe is currently a senior at Valley View. Mr. Sappington is a 1985 graduate of Valley View. Mr. Sappington has been employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety for over 25 years and currently supervises DPS personnel from Gainesville to Paris. Mr. Sappington also serves as President of the Valley View Booster Club and Vice-President on the Mountain Springs Water Supply Board of Directors.
Corinne French was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2012, elected in 2013, and ran unopposed in 2016. She currently serves as the Board Secretary. Ms. French is the mother of six children, two of which have graduated, and 4 currently attending VVISD Schools. Ms. French received a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters Degree in Higher Education (2016) from the University of North Texas. She works at the University of North Texas with high school seniors as they transition to the University. Ms. French is a 2015 Leadership TASB graduate and currently serves as a member of the Legislative Advisory Council.
Clint Grant was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the May, 2007 school board meeting. He has two children attending VVISD. Mr. Grant moved to Valley View in 2001 with his wife Monica Mendez-Grant and their two children and reside in Mountain Springs. Mr. Grant received a Bachelors degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and an MBA from the University of North Texas. He is the Department Chair of the Aeronautical Technology Department at Tarrant County College. Mr. Grant is a coach and commissioner for the Dixie Youth Baseball League in Valley View.
David has lived in Valley View since 1996. He is in his third decade of employment at Peterbilt Motors where he serves as the senior PQI auditor of quality assurance. David is married to Andrea Pembroke, the student services coordinator at Valley View High School. Together, they have four children all of whom are graduates of Valley View High School: Ashleigh (class of 2005), Brandi (class of 2007), Dylan (class of 2011), and Brooke (class of 2012). In addition to his service on the Board of Trustees, David previously served for 12 years as a member of the Valley View Athletic Booster Club and was President of that organization for three of those years.
Rodney Ridge was appointed to the Board of Trustees at the June 2008 meeting. Mr. Ridge is the husband of Cody Ridge and the father of two children who both attend Valley View ISD. The Ridge family has resided in Valley View since 1998 and are very active in their church and community. Mr. Ridge is the Sergeant over the Transport division of the Denton County Sheriff's Office where he has been employed for over 15 years. Mr. Ridge attended the University of North Texas and was a graduate of the UNT Police Academy in 1996.
What Does your School Board do?
The Board of Trustees is a policy making body of persons, elected by the citizens of a school district. The policies which it establishes are executed by the administration of the schools. Board members have no authority except when functioning as a member of the board in an official meeting.
Candidates run for specific places but do not represent certain geographical areas. Following the annual election, the Board elects a president, a vice-president and a secretary to serve one-year terms.
Major responsibilities of the Board:
• Manage and govern the public schools of the District;
• Adopt such rules, regulations and bylaws as the Board deems appropriate;
• Levy and collect taxes and issue bonds;
• Prepare, adopt and file a budget for the succeeding fiscal year and file a report of the disbursements and receipts for the preceding fiscal year;
• Have the District's fiscal account audited at district expense by a Texas certified accountant;
• Receive bequests and donations or other monies or funds coming legally into its hands in the name of the district;
• Order, canvass the returns, declare results and issue certificates of elections as required by law;
• Acquire and hold real and personal property in the name of the district; and
• Have the legal power and duty to perform other specific duties imposed by statutes of the State of Texas. (Sec BAA, Board Policy Manual)
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Board meetings open to the public?
Every meeting of the Board shall be open to the public. The Board may, however, adjourn to an executive session to discuss personnel matters or land acquisitions, to obtain certain legal counsel and discuss litigation or to discuss cases involving discipline of a student enrolled in public school.
When and where does the Board meet?
Regular Board meetings are scheduled for the first Monday after the 15th of each month at 7 p.m. in the District Administration Building, 106 Newton Street, Valley View, Texas. The Board reserves the right to change Board meetings to other days and times whenever it becomes necessary.
What is the procedure for addressing the Board?
A 30-minute general open forum will be held at the beginning of each regular Board meeting to allow for public input on any topic. Patrons wishing to address the Board should sign-in on the designated sheet.
When recognized by the Board chairman, please approach the lectern, identify yourself by
• if applicable, the organization you represent.
All remarks should be addressed to the Board as a whole; Board members will listen but not respond to remarks made during open forums. Please limit your comments to three minutes. Delegations of more than five persons should appoint one person to represent the group’s views.
Discussions of personnel or comments regarding District employees are not appropriate during Board meetings.
If you have additional questions, contact the Valley View ISD Superintendent at 940-726-3659.
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