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Sarah's first term on the Arlington ISD school board was impactful, and she holds the strong desire to continue her all-in service and positive contributions to the students and staff of Arlington ISD and the Arlington community.

Key accomplishments under Sarah's tenure as trustee include:

  • Launch of the universal STEM-based pre-k program at all traditional feeder elementary schools
  • 4% salary raises for all Arlington ISD employees in 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • Increased stipends for dozens of specialized positions & qualifications
  • Lowered tax rate, including historic reduction in M&O in 2023
  • Developed and launched new strategic plan with significant input from AISD employees and community
  • Establishment of Trustee Talks, inviting anyone and everyone from the community into AISD facilities to participate in two-way conversations with school board members and the superintendent.
  • Establishment of Board Briefs, a video summary of each school board meeting to further promote transparency, convenience, and awareness of the great things happening in AISD to our community at large
  • Increased staff appreciation initiatives, including ongoing campus visits, public shout-outs, breakfast service to bus drivers, and AISD's first-ever holiday bonus to all employees during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advocation at the state level for increased school safety and funding
  • Improved pre-existing and implemented new local policies, such as enhancing the sick leave bank options for AISD employees
  • Increased campus security with an armed guard at every Arlington ISD campus
  • Positive collaboration and networking with hundreds of school boards through multiple state and national conventions
  • 2019 Bond project implementation with citizens' oversight, including the successful transitions and grand openings of Webb, Thornton, and Berry Elementary
  • Searching, selecting, and naming superintendent lone finalist, Dr. Matt Smith