A new person will soon be named to the Place 6 seat on the Pilot Point school board. Candidates Dana Braack and Bill Falzett are on the ballot running for a seat current board member Matthew Harmuth intends to step down from this month after serving one term.
Place 5 and Place 7 board members Steven Klohn and Dan Flagg are running uncontested.
Here’s a look at the candidates running for Place 6.
Born in: Denton
Education: MBA, finance, University of North Texas, 1992 and bachelor’s degree, animal science, Texas A&M University, 1985
Experience: homemaker; adjunct instructor, business management, North Central Texas College (Aug. 2005- May 2011); customer service representative, Star Pipe Products, Houston (Sept. 2001- May 2010), remote location employee (2002-2010); client services representative, CMAI, Houston (Aug. 1998- Sept. 2001); office manager, Cain Center, Athens (Aug. 1996- Feb. 1998) and credit clerk, General Motors Acceptance Corp. Dallas/Tyler ( Dec. 1993-July 1995)
Why are you running for school board?: “I feel very strongly about making sure we provide a good education for our kids … so that they have a good opportunity.”
What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the district?: Teacher pay and retention and anticipated student growth. She said the district in the next few years will see some changes in student enrollment numbers and have to be prepared for that future growth.
What do you feel makes you the best person for the job?: “I’m just very passionate about making sure we do the right thing, spend our money wisely and provide the right programs for our children so that when they leave our schools, they’re ready for college or the workforce.”
Born in: El Paso
Education: bachelor’s degree, biology, University of Texas-Arlington and studied information technology at Southern Methodist University
Experience: Employed in the information technology field 15 years with Abbott Laboratories, and the last two years with Hewlett Packard. Prior to that he operated small businesses, and served as a mental health technician for Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, adolescent psychiatric unit.
Why are you running for school board?: “My intention as a candidate for the school board is simply to volunteer my time to work with the other good people on the board, to contribute to this important community function.”
About Falzett: I have lived in the Pilot Point area since 2005, where I have served on the Butterfield Junction Homeowners Association, and the building and architectural control committee. I currently serve on the board of directors of the Mustang Special Utility District.
In Sanger, two candidates are running for the Place 2 spot, a seat current board president, Lynn Stucky said he will step down from at the end of his term this month after serving 15 years on the board.
Place 3 incumbent Russel CeBallos drew no challengers.
Here’s a look at the Place 2 candidates.
Born in: Bryan
Education: Bachelor’s degree, physical therapy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, 1996 and bachelor’s degree in community health education, Texas A&M University, 1991
Experience: Vice president, S &J Pharmacy, 2001-present; stay-at-home mom, 1997-present; Huguley Hospital 1997-1998
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m. Thursday, May 10
Why are you running for school board?: ” I am running for school board because the children in the district need people on the board who care about their education. I am interested in improving education at every grade level in the district.”
What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the district?: “I feel the most pressing issue facing the school board is the financing. With so many cuts in the budget coming from the Texas legislation, I do not want to see education in Sanger decline but continue it’s upward trend.”
What do you feel makes you the best person for the job?: “I feel I am the best candidate for the position because I have volunteered in the school district for the last seven years and have logged over 3,500 hours of service. I have served as president of the Parent Teacher Organization for three years. I have been room mom and campus coordinator at three different campuses in the district. I have already established many relationships in the district with school administrators and teachers. I am a founding member of the Sanger Education Foundation.”
Experience: physician assistant
Polk did not respond to messages for comment.
Early voting continues through Tuesday. The election is May 12. Those elected to school board will serve three-year terms.