District 4 Swearing In of Daphne Brookins Set for Tuesday
The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education will swear in its newest trustee on Tuesday, November 12 during its regular scheduled meeting.
Daphne Brookins, a Youth Administrator at Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, garnered 61.04% of votes in a three-person special-called election for the District 4 seat, November 5, according to unofficial election results from the Tarrant County Elections Office. Her opponents, Johnny Cook-Muhammad and Terry D.T. Miles received 24.58% and 14.39% of votes respectively. Election returns will be canvassed by the Board on November 12.
Ms. Brookins succeeds Dr. T.A. Sims, the District’s longest-serving board member with more than 35 years as a trustee. He resigned from the post July 16, 2019.
“It’s an honor,” Ms. Brookins said of voters electing her to serve District 4. “There are some big shoes to fill from Dr. T. A. Sims, and I’m just excited that the citizens of District 4 are willing to give me an opportunity to bring my years of experience in education, social services and partnerships to the table to help District 4 and FWISD.
District 4 represents the following FWISD schools: Harlean Beal Elementary, Briscoe Elementary, Carroll Peak Elementary, Carter Park Elementary, Clifford Davis Elementary, W.M. Green Elementary, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, Morningside Elementary, David K. Sellars Elementary, I.M. Terrell Academy, Versia Williams Elementary, Glencrest 6th Grade, Morningside Middle and O.D. Wyatt High School.
A former Forest Hill Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman, Ms. Brookins currently works with young adults ages 16-24 as a Youth Administrator with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and is young adult motivational speaker and writer. She serves on multiple local and state boards including the One Star Foundation, which she was appointed to by Gov. Greg Abbott. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University.
Ms. Brookins said she looks forward to working with District 4 students and their families, her new colleagues, campus principals and teachers and community stakeholders.
She said she’s looking forward to ensuring daycares are on the same page as the District’s early learning program, increasing graduation and accountability rates and ensuring District 4 families receive resources that allow stability and a good education for their children.
“A child succeeds when they’re stable,” she said.
She also wants to explore and identify strategies to more effectively center the needs of youth and young adults that will prepare them for postsecondary education and/or for employment.
Ms. Brookins will represent District 4 until the term expires in May 2021, at which time she may decide whether to run for a full term.