Endorsement – Councilman Richard Fregoe

Today the Joshua Spare for Mansfield ISD, place 6 campaign announces the endorsement of Councilman Richard Fregoe.  Mr. Fregoe has been a Grand Prairie Councilman since 1994.  He is a highly respected community leader and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Grand Prairie Unity Coalition, which he founded.

In his endorsement, Councilman Fregoe says, “Over the past 9 years, my friend Joshua Spare has constantly demonstrated his dedication to our community.  He has earned our respect and trust.  We know his work and he will make the Mansfield ISD better than it is today.  His business experience, volunteer work, and service on the Grand Prairie Planning and Zoning Commission make him the right choice for our next Mansfield ISD School Board Trustee.  Vote Joshua Spare for Mansfield ISD, place 6 on Saturday, May 6th.”

“I am so happy my friend has endorsed my campaign,” Joshua said when asked about this latest endorsement.  “He has been a community leader for so many years.  His endorsement means a great deal to me.  In his roles as Councilman and Unity Coalition leader, I have seen the good he has brought to our city.”

Endorsement – Councilman Jeff Wooldridge

Today the Joshua Spare for Mansfield ISD, place 6 campaign announces the endorsement of Councilman Jeff Wooldridge.  Jeff has been a Grand Prairie Councilman for District 6 for the past 4 years.  His dedication to his community is without parallel and he has provided strong, conservative leadership for the City of Grand Prairie.  In his endorsement, Councilman Wooldridge states, “I have known and worked with Joshua Spare for many years now.  His work on the Grand Prairie Planning and Zoning Commission gives him unique experience in this School Board race.  Over the past 9 years, his dedication to our community has been demonstrated through his many volunteer efforts. He will use his tireless work ethic and experience to great effect as your next School Board Trustee.  When I think about the importance of educating our children, I can think of no better candidate for Mansfield ISD than Joshua Spare.  Vote Joshua Spare for Mansfield ISD, place 6 on Saturday, May 6th.”

Councilman Wooldridge’s endorsement provides continued energy for Joshua’s campaign for school board.  “I am thrilled to have the endorsement of a great leader in Grand Prairie.  I have enjoyed working with Jeff on many different issues affecting the citizens of Grand Prairie.  His endorsement is very important to me and I am thankful,” Spare said when asked about this latest endorsement.

Endorsement–Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Today the Joshua Spare for Mansfield ISD, place 6 campaign announces the endorsement of Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen.  Nguyen is the Commissioner for Precinct 2, in Southeast Tarrant County.  He has provided strong, conservative leadership there since 2010.  Andy is an immigrant from Vietnam and is a retired United States Army artillery officer.  He is also the founder of AIT Technologies, a telecom company.

In his endorsement, Commissioner Nguyen offers his support saying, “As your Tarrant County Commissioner, I spend a lot of time visiting with the parents of the Mansfield ISD.  Doing so allows me to understand the needs and desires parents have for their children.  Nothing can be more important than the education and care of our children.  In the race for Mansfield ISD Place 6, the candidate who has demonstrated the ability to improve the Mansfield ISD and best plan for the education of our children is Joshua Spare.  Over the past 9 years, Joshua has dedicated his time to the betterment of his community.  His service as a Grand Prairie Planning and Zoning Commissioner, as well as his positions on the Peninsula PID and Mira Lagos HOA have prepared him well.  I have taken the time to meet with Joshua to discuss the challenges facing the next Mansfield ISD School Board member.  I know he is up to the challenge and will effectively represent the needs and values of the Mansfield ISD.  I am today announcing my endorsement and support for Joshua Spare to be our next Mansfield ISD School Board member.  I ask you to do the same on May 6th when you vote Joshua Spare for Mansfield ISD School Board, Place 6.”

Nguyen’s endorsement continues the momentum behind Joshua’s campaign for school board.  “I am very humbled and excited to have received Commissioner Nguyen’s endorsement,” commented Spare.  “Andy is a true conservative leader for Tarrant County and his support is a great boost to our team.”

“Always a moment to ‘Spare’ for his community”

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I am honored to be the feature in Zach Arnold’s well written article about a community leader. Zach is a journalist in Arlington, TX and was looking to interview a community leader for an article. 
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“As he sat back in his seat at a Starbucks in Mansfield, Grand Prairie resident Joshua Spare lamented that the money spent on his Super Bowl party would not be stimulating his city’s economy.“I’m sitting in Mansfield right now, and my dollars will go to that Kroger in Mansfield,” he said. “That’s the closest shopping for me.”

While not opposed to the idea, it is apparent he would rather do business in the city he lives in than go elsewhere.

“I would like to see business come to Grand Prairie,” he confirmed as he shared his vision for the community.

Joshua Spare, an established leader in Grand Prairie, has served his Homeowner’s Association for almost 10 years. He carries many titles, though. In all, he serves as president of the board for his HOA, president of the board for a Public Improvement District, and planning and zoning commissioner for Grand Prairie as well.

As board chair for the HOA, Spare says his ultimate goal is to make Mira Lagos more than it was when he started.

“I just want to make the community better,” he said. “I have two young kids, one’s in fourth grade, one’s in seventh grade. My goal is to make it a better place to live, and the only way I know how to do that is to get involved.”

In his involvement, Spare always tries to share his vision with others so they can catch it and get involved as well.

“My thing is, if you have a vision for what you would love to see your community be, then step forward and try and make that vision happen.”

That vision has been seen and recognized by neighbors who work with him to serve Grand Prairie. Fellow board member Jessica Cafferata, who has served with him for six years, says Mira Lagos is better now because of his early involvement.

“There were just two homeowners at the time – Josh and I,” Cafferata said of the early days of the board. “And he started implementing things that would help the community once we became fully homeowner-controlled.”

One of the biggest things Spare implemented was an emergency reserve fund; in essence for a rainy day, or even a hurricane.

Association Manager Stacy McGrath confirmed the reserve fund to be extensive. By the end of 2017, McGrath estimates the HOA’s emergency fund will be around $800,000.

Of course, that ball got rolling in the first place under Spare’s initiative before he became board president.

“There was no transparency in the HOA when it was a developer board,” Spare said, remembering a time he paid extra for repairs with no explanation why it did not fit the current budget. After that, he pushed for and chaired the finance committee himself.

While serving the HOA, Spare also finds time for the greater community in the Public Improvement District.

Spare said PID’s coordinate with regional HOA’s to ensure neutral grounds, parks and ponds are being maintained properly. A property tax in Grand Prairie, Spare praised the benefits a tax-deductible fee brings. PID’s do not pay permitting fees the way HOA’s do, and they cannot be voted out like an association could.

“If an HOA, years from now, the homeowners decide they don’t want an HOA anymore and they vote it out, then what happens to the management of that area?” Spare asked. “The PID is a solid entity that can help.”

Meeting with the board five times per year, Spare said the PID takes about 20% of the energy an HOA does, but he still finds ways to stay involved. He told of a time he needed to count how many light poles the district had, so he counted them himself while riding his bike on his own time.

Fellow PID Board Member Charles Wray spoke highly of Spare, saying his service to the district improves the area’s quality of life for everyone involved.

As if those efforts were not enough, Spare also serves an appointed position as planning and zoning commissioner for the city. His vision for Grand Prairie proved to be just as passionate as what he wants for his neighborhood.

“I would like to see us get a really large hotel, the convention center re-styled, and we have the Ikea going in,” Spare said. “I would like to see Grand Prairie become a business destination as well as a place to live.”

Spare spoke of how the city may appear long and thin on the map, but that Grand Prairie is also in a prime position in the metroplex for a lot of bright things in the very near future.

A creative leader with a level head, according to Cafferata, Joshua Spare is using as many outlets as he can to make his community a better place. His influence only looks to expand as well, as he recently filed for a position on the Mansfield ISD School Board in the upcoming elections.”

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His website and original article can be found at:
https://zach-arnold-dfw.com/2017/02/28/always-a-moment-to-spare-for-his-community/

District Growth

A good learning environment for our children is one of the most important aspects of a quality education.  Children need schools that can handle the number of students attending.  Mansfield ISD has a serious challenge over the next 10 years dealing with their tremendous growth.

Our district is expected to grow by over 6000 students in the next 10 years.  This will cause a problem in many schools at different grade levels.  For example, Spencer, Smith and Perry elementary schools; Orr and Lillard intermediate schools; Jones and Worley middle schools and Lake Ridge high school all will be overcrowded very quickly.

Overcrowded schools do not create a good learning environment.  Some of the many problems associated with and overcrowded school are:

  • Common areas are too crowded
    • Lunch rooms so crowded kids don’t have time to eat
    • Gymnasiums unable to handle class sizes
  • Portables would need to be installed on campuses
    • Security risk
    • Kids have to leave building to enter their classroom
    • Weather hazards for portable buildings
  • Pick and drop-off of students over load road designs around schools
  • Extra-curricular activities may have to many people hurting the ability to teach or cause children to be denied participation

These are major issues and they need to be addressed.  The Mansfield ISD is perhaps the greatest draw of new home buyers to the area.  It is an excellent school district and is sought out by many families.  In order to keep our high standard of excellence, we need to have the appropriate number of schools.

 

A little about Joshua Spare

Joshua Spare has been a resident in Mansfield ISD since 2007 when he moved here with his wife, Jeanne and daughter Elle.  Shortly after moving here, his son Emmett was born at the Mansfield Methodist hospital.  Education and family have always been driving forces in Joshua’s life.

He comes from a family of educators.  Joshua’s grandfather was a school Superintendent in New Jersey and worked for the State Department of Education.  His father was an elementary school principal and his mother taught remedial English and Math.  Education, you could say, is in his blood.  In 1988, Joshua was selected by the State of New Jersey for a full scholarship under the Governor’s Teaching Scholarship Program.  He graduated from Rutgers University in 1993 with a BA in English and History.

Joshua has been working in the information technology industry for over 23 years.  He holds an internationally recognized certification for Information Systems Security and has been trained as an ethical hacker.  He now works in the Energy Industry managing a 24/7 critical infrastructure for the United States Power Grid.

One of his favorite pastimes is playing chess.  Joshua has competed in Chess tournaments in New York, Philadelphia and Las Vegas and won the Texas State Championship for his section in 2003.  His true passion is trying to make his community a better place.

Joshua started volunteering in 2008 when he became the Finance Chairman for the Mira Lagos HOA.  In this role, he was successfully able to bring financial transparency to the HOA.  In 2009, he was elected to the Mira Lagos HOA Board and is currently serving as its president.  Three years ago, Joshua was elected to the Grand Prairie Peninsula PID and now serves as its President.

In 2013, Joshua stepped forward to run for Grand Prairie City Council and made great friends and connections within the City.  He was appointed by Councilman Jeff Wooldridge to the Planning and Zoning Commission and is currently serving as its Secretary.

Joshua will bring his tireless energy and strong desire to serve his neighbors as a Mansfield ISD School Board Trustee.  He is a proven leader who combines passion for volunteering, knowledge of education and public service experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate for Mansfield ISD School Board Trustee, Place 6

I am very excited to announce my candidacy for MISD School Board Trustee, Place 6.

One of my greatest desires is to improve the lives of my children and yours.  I have been working towards this over the past nine years through volunteer and elected positions in my community.  Our children are the most precious people in our lives and we need to make sure they have the tools to succeed.

I would like to see the district continue to incorporate new technologies to help stimulate our children and enable their learning.  The use of iPads, chromebooks and the Internet play an important role in our children’s future.  We must make sure they are prepared.

Also, MISD has a large challenge ahead as the district continues its rapid growth.  The areas south of Broad St are expected to boom over the next few years.  This will mean new schools, including a new High School.  You need someone on the School Board who understands this growth.  I will work to make sure MISD understands the impact of new development and makes the right choices for your children.

I am ready to take on the challenge of ensuring our children have the best future possible. MISD can prepare our kids but we need parents like you to take action.

Ensure your children’s future.

Vote Joshua Spare in May.

God bless you,

Joshua Spare