Leslie Martone graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Science. Martone was a community development manager for Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union before being elected as the president of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce . Leslie has served CFISD as an active member of the CPOC committee for Lamkin Elementary, and as a liaison for campus leaders to Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union . Leslie Martone has also served as a trustee and volunteer with the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation . She also founded a program in 2017 with the US Chamber of Commerce called Institute of Organizational Management . Throughout her career, she has served on six boards within the Cy-Fair community .
Martone intends to maintain fiscal discipline and monitor crucial financial indicators, such as preserving a low tax rate, ensuring strong bond ratings, maintaining a healthy fund balance, and minimizing general administrative expenses. Moreover, she aims to prioritize professional development opportunities, technological advancements, classroom resources, and the safety of schools. To enhance the district’s funding prospects and bolster its resources, Martone also plans to explore potential partnerships with local businesses and organizations . She also believes that the funding formula used by school districts is outdated and must be revised to fund public education. Further, she believes that the allotment from the state for funding operational expenses, such as teacher salaries, is inadequate .
To tackle behavioral issues, Martone aims to improve school safety through a comprehensive review of existing protocols, student codes of conduct, and state regulations. Additionally, she plans to collaborate with parents and families to share resources and create a nurturing environment that prioritizes mental well-being. With a focus on student security and data protection, Martone also seeks to reassess the efficacy of current internet firewalls and invest in robust cybersecurity strategies. Furthermore, to emphasize the educational environment, she aims to increase the presence of drug counselors and programs .
Martone plans on assisting teachers by expanding early learning centers for children of CFISD personnel and offering Pre-K programs to CFISD teachers. Martone further wants to establish a CFISD Teacher Task Force to address important concerns including pay, support, workload, and training. She also wants to develop HR initiatives like pay grade realignment and recruitment referral incentives for educators to address wage compression .
Cy-Fair TSTA – NEA; Cypress Families for Public Schools; Voice for Public Schools; PTC; Gilbert Sarabia, CFISD Trustee; Debbie Blackshear, CFISD Trustee; Jim Cain, Former Superintendent of Klein ISD; Roy Garcia, Former CFISD Associate Superintendent of School Leadership; Bob Covey, Former CFISD Trustee; Patricia Harless, Former Texas State Representative