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.
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.