CISD Bond Committee Elects Jim Walker and Dilan Patel as Co-Chairs

Bond ChairsDuring its first meeting on Sept. 8, the Coppell ISD Bond Committee elected community member Jim Walker and Coppell High School senior Dilan Patel as co-chairs of the committee. 

“I find it fitting that the Bond Committee elected a community member and a current student as the committee’s co-chairs,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt. “They help represent who we are accountable to and who we are doing this work for, respectively. I appreciate their willingness to guide us through this process, and I thank them for taking on this responsibility.” 

Walker previously served two terms as president of the Coppell ISD Education Foundation, multiple terms on Coppell’s Economic Development Committee and was a member of the 2009 CISD Bond Committee and the 2016 CISD Bond Oversight Committee. He is currently serving his second term on the Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission. He is also Vice President of the Coppell Arts Center Foundation. He is a member of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and a graduate of Leadership Dallas.

Walker and his wife Cherie have lived in Coppell since 1998, where they raised their two daughters. 

“I am honored to serve as co-chair of such a talented and diverse group of Coppell ISD stakeholders,” Walker said. “As co-chair, I will work to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard as we carefully vet our district’s urgent facility and equipment needs, while always being mindful of our role as stewards of our taxpayers’ interests. In the end, we are all working for the betterment of our students’ educational experience.”

Patel is the student business organization DECA District 11 President for the 2022-2023 school year and is the first district president from CHS.  He also is a CHS Red Jacket, a member of the CHS Varsity Band, a CISD Communications Intern and a graduate of the CISD 2022 Student iLead program. A resident of Irving, he attended Valley Ranch Elementary School, Richard J. Lee Elementary School, CMS West and CHS9 prior to CHS. 

“I wanted to be a co-chair of the Bond Committee, because I felt I had a unique position to serve and represent the community from the point of view of a student,” Patel said. “Being the co-chair, I have the ability to voice the views and lead as a student, the group most affected by the passing of the bond.”

Patel added, “With the hope to create a long-lasting impact on the community and district, I believe that serving in this position will help facilitate the development of a bond that encompasses the learning environment needed to enable success.” 

The CISD 2023 Bond Committee is a group of parents, students, staff and community members who will collaboratively develop a long-range plan for district facilities, technology and other eligible bond items. The committee will serve in an advisory role to assist district staff and the Board of Trustees to assess and prioritize district needs. The committee will develop a comprehensive master plan recommendation based upon the district’s mission and core values to be presented to the Board of Trustees for a potential May 2023 bond program. 

Learn more about the committee at www.coppellisd.com/bond.