Nine-year Frisco ISD resident and Griffin Middle School parent René Archambault (pronounced “ar-SHAM-bow”) announced Tuesday that she filed the paperwork necessary to run for the Place 7 trustee position on the Frisco Independent School District Board.
The Place 7 seat is held by John Hoxie, who was first elected to the Frisco ISD Board in 2009. Hoxie has indicated that he will not be filing to run for re-election when his current term ends in May.
“With five teachers and a district superintendent in my family, I grew up watching the challenges of Texas public school educators – but I also witnessed the immeasurable rewards,” said Archambault about her interest in running for FISD trustee. “With that insight comes a duty to help keep Frisco ISD a ‘destination employer’ for the best and brightest teachers. I want to make sure that our kids benefit from the kind of passion, dedication, and inspiration which can only be provided by fulfilled and engaged educators.”
Archambault earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Texas Christian University and then went on to Southern Methodist University to earn a masters of education degree specializing in educational policy and leadership.
Professionally, she has served the campus of SMU as a graduate admissions and marketing officer for 14 years. During this time, Archambault has worked to strengthen the reach of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and curricular offerings to graduate and undergraduate students. She serves on the steering and advisory committees for Emmitt J. Conrad High School’s Collegiate Academy, and has been instrumental in building collaborative partnerships between SMU, the Dallas County Community College District and the Dallas Independent School District, a press release states.
Archambault is active in the Frisco ISD community, serving on the Frisco ISD Long Range Planning Committee, Frisco Education Foundation Advisory Board and Frisco FastPacs Board of Directors. She is a member of Frisco Women’s League, Griffin Middle School PTA and volunteers as a Griffin MS Band Booster. She is a member of the second annual Frisco ISD Insight program, a forum which provides community stakeholders a behind-the-scenes look at school district operations.
“It has made a huge impression on me, through my time involved with our kids and schools, that parent and community involvement opportunities in FISD are available … but aren’t always easy to find or get plugged into, for busy families or those without a child on a campus. I want to improve this access, so that more citizens can connect with and support our schools,” Archambault said.
She said she believes that increasing the community’s engagement with and visibility into public schools are one long-term solution to issues around funding, transparency, and partnerships.
Archambault is a fifth-generation North Texan and attended St. John’s Episcopal School and Bishop Lynch in Dallas. She and her husband Randy, a business intelligence officer for a national analytics firm, were married in 2001. They have one daughter, Zoë, who is in sixth grade at Griffin Middle School (FISD) and is active in band, community volunteering and Frisco Youth Theatre. The Archambaults are also members of Hope Fellowship.
Although Frisco ISD has not yet formally called for an election, the Place 7 contest is likely to be scheduled for May 5 since the first Saturday in May is a uniform election date for local jurisdictions in Texas.