Rosenthal to run for re-election in May
Dave Rosenthal, FBISD Board of Trustees Vice President, announces plans to seek re-election in 2016. Rosenthal was first elected to the board in May 2012 for a one year unexpired term. He was re-elected in 2013 for a full three year term.
Mr. Rosenthal was part of the team responsible for the transition from the Dr. Jenney administration to the current administration, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Dupre. This smooth transition was done without interruption to our students.
Over the past several years, Mr. Rosenthal has championed removing burdens from the teaching staff, supported raises for teachers and auxiliary employees, and advocated for clear policies that are aligned with the boards’ core beliefs, which he helped draft in 2012-13.
One of the policies that he is most proud of allows students to pursue their dreams in sports and fine arts without hurting their class rank. In 2013, Rosenthal also promoted a policy, adopted unanimously by the board, requiring balanced, unbiased curriculum to ensure FBISD students learn critical thinking skills.
During the past four years, the board has approved plans and/or construction for six new schools. In 2014-15, the board approved a master facilities plan, district wide rezoning, and a $484 million dollar bond program that included money to bring older schools up to current standards.
The bond was approved by 75% of the voters and required no tax increase. Rosenthal initiated a board resolution creating a bond oversight committee, which ensures bond transparency. Based on his concerns about wasteful spending of leftover bond contingency funds, the resolution included a section that made sure this money was not used for projects not approved by the voters.
As a leader on the FBISD school board, Mr. Rosenthal understands his role in governance of the district. He is passionate that ALL students in the district be given the best opportunity to learn and grow into well-rounded, young adults. This was best demonstrated by recent board action to pursue a new Career and Technical Education Center (CTE), primarily intended for students who may choose not to pursue a four year college degree immediately upon graduation. He believes that the districts’ overall goal is to ensure that students become successful individuals no matter what direction they pursue.
Rosenthal and his family have lived in Missouri City for nearly 18 years. Two of his children attend Elkins High School.