Bill Jenkins resigns from Canyon ISD school board

On Monday, Bill Jenkins resigned from the Canyon ISD Board of Trustees. Jenkins had served on the school board since 2015.

“The reason for my departure is not because it’s too hard, but my last 18 months have been extremely hard on me and my family. There have been some incredibly happy, sad and heavy things in my life over that time.

"Over the last 18 months, my wife and I have experienced what it is like to be empty nesters. I had the great honor to marry off my daughter. Earlier this year, my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and with my mom’s health issues, I need to have more freedom to help her out.

“We have been very blessed as a board to have a very well-functioning team where none of us has served with personal agendas. I hope the person that fills my place comes in and has no personal agenda but to serve the better interests of the entire district. When you have a personal agenda, that’s where things break down. You must put others above yourself to serve the greater good," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he is proud of the accomplishments by CISD during the time on the school board.

“Just planning how to accommodate over 11,000 students and ensuring that they all have a safe place to learn, a suitable place to learn and enough teachers to teach them and buses to get them there. That is a math problem, and we figured it out.

"To say that I am proud that we built buildings, sure that is fun when you have something new, but I am most proud to see how well our students have done. I am most proud that we have given them a firm foundation to do remarkable things once they graduate. I can see with my kids that they were prepared to go to the next level," Jenkins said. 

Jenkins also talked about some of the changes that have taken place since he joined the board in 2015.

“I think since that time, there has been something created in our society with a lot of mistrust and anger toward anything representing government. I think people all want the same things, which is what is best for our kids; there is a level of not trusting. 

"Everyone on this board is God-fearing, good people who are here to serve the kids because they love them. To ever have your integrity questioned is hard, because that is what I hang my hat on," Jenkins said.

Jenkins also noted his health played a major factor in his decision to step down.

“I need to take care of myself and my family. I could still do that serving on the board, but it's time that I lighten the load. I am going to continue to find ways to be involved with our schools, because I care about our kids," Jenkins said. 

Canyon ISD Superintendent Dr. Darryl Flusche praised Jenkins for his service to CISD.

“Bill Jenkins with this board wanted to uphold the highest standards to make sure that all of our kids have the most opportunities.

“He worked diligently to make this happen for our students. He was so available to our students and staff for the betterment of our kids, so that when they walk across the stage at graduation, they have as many opportunities as they can be prepared for as possible. 

"We really appreciate the efforts that he made on this board for all," Flusche said. 

Jenkins time on the school board was not without controversy. He was criticized and praised in the community concerning his comments about former board member Paul Blake, who passed away earlier in the year.

During a candidate forum in April at Trinity Fellowship, Blake called the LGBTQIA+ agenda demonic, perverse, and from the devil. Jenkins called for Blake's resignation at the next school board meeting in May.

Jenkins still stands by his decision to call for Blake's resignation.

“I'm so sorry for the loss that Paul Blake’s family has faced; he was a good man that wanted to do the best things for the kids.

“No, I have no regrets for speaking out on his comments. I am confident I did the right thing because I feel like we have to treat each other with love, respect and dignity. 

"Here in a public school, it is our job to provide a safe place to learn and equal opportunity for all kids, regardless of where they are from or if they are different than I am. I make no apologies for speaking up for all our kids," Jenkins said.

Dan Butcher

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