Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is information gathered from the candidates for the Place 7 Aledo ISD trustee race, Hoyt Harris, James Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers. Candidates have been invited to appear in a forum sponsored by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the cafeteria of Trinity Christian Academy.
Hoyt Harris, 42, works in construction for Buzz Custom Fence. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married almost 17 years. The couple’s son, Rhett, is a freshman at AHS, daughter Michaela is a seventh grader at AMS, and their youngest, Kate, will be in kindergarten at Stuard Elementary next school year. Harris has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University. Along with serving on the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees, he is an Aledo Education Foundation Board member and a volunteer coach for Aledo youth baseball, football and basketball organizations. He has served as a board member for the youth football and baseball leagues. Harris is a member of Christ Chapel West, and he is professionally affiliated with the Aledo Business Development Group, East Parker County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Fort Worth.
Q. What is the school district’s biggest problem and how can you help solve it?
A. For several years the AISD has been very fortunate to have a strong administration, school board, and community working together to prevent the challenges we have encountered from turning into big problems. A strong, cohesive team focused on the students first, while staying on track with the strategic plan that we as a community developed, will help us continue to handle challenges before they turn into big problems.
Q. What makes you the best candidate for school board?
A. The AISD is on the verge of experiencing growth and changes like we have never seen before. My experience as a board member, understanding of school finances, and understanding of our community make me an ideal candidate at this time. Next school year I will have a child in elementary, middle and high school, which will provide excellent opportunites for me to stay informed and communicate with a wide range of parents in our district.