Candidate for Allen ISD School Board Place 5


Feb 26, 2016

Re: Allen ISD Board of Trustees, Place 5 Filing

Kelley Rowley, financial analyst, 22 year Allen resident, and long-time community volunteer, has filed for Place 5 on the Allen ISD Board of Trustees.  Since 2008, Rowley has promoted science and arts education through Board membership and advisory leadership of the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, a thriving public/private partnership serving students throughout Collin County. 

Rowley has been a voice on the AISD Strategic Planning Committee since 2012.  In the past year, she has served on Project Kids, the AISD Community Bond Advisory Committee. She was treasurer of Kids First Allen, the citizen-led political action committee that spearheaded the successful bond election last November.  Rowley’s extensive community involvement also includes positions of responsibility in PTA at all levels, athletic and band booster organizations, and church.

Rowley and her husband, Don, moved to Allen in 1994.  Her older son, Ian, is a 2014 graduate of Allen HS and now attends the University of Oklahoma.  Her younger son, Isaac, is a student at Allen HS and is the reigning Junior National Champion gymnast on trampoline. He is currently in Olympic trials.  Rowley holds a BBA in accounting, cum laude, from SMU and earned her CPA.  She currently works as a financial support analyst for Genband, LLC.

Rowley cites the combination of her financial background, her extensive knowledge of what transpires in the halls of AISD, and her experience in strategic direction of education for her desire to step up to the next level of service as a Trustee of the District.  “I have been contemplating a run for School Board for many years,” Rowley says.  “Allen ISD is at an important juncture in our history.  After two decades of managing explosive growth, the passage of the recent bond allows us to undertake projects that will fundamentally change our students’ educational experiences.  Allen ISD is very well governed, but I think I can bring a new dimension to the discussions of our future.” 

Through her work with the Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Rowley has a keen understanding of how schools, volunteers, and businesses can come together to transform science, technology, engineering, math, and arts education.  “It is important that we achieve this vision for our schools by continuing to recruit and retain top talent in our classrooms and to exercise responsible stewardship of tax dollars.”