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Aledo ExtrA

April 23, 2014

Aledo ISD School Board Place 7 candidates


Q. What is the school district’s biggest problem and how can you help solve it?

A. After talking to administrators, coaches, teachers and community leaders, the biggest problem facing our district is the explosive growth that is predicted to continue over the next 20 years. I moved to Parker County in 2000 after hearing Pastor Ted Kitchens preach so many times about this place called Aledo. You just cannot keep a place like this a secret forever. We are now at a crossroads with the growth that faces us as a community. We can embrace it and use it to our district’s benefit or we can resist it and let it decay our academics through classroom size and the addition of portable classrooms. I am running for school board at this time because I want to be part of the group that is choosing to embrace the growth by implementing plans now so that our teachers and all of our students will benefit by: 1) negotiating the donation of land for future school sites; 2) making solid hiring decisions for future growth; and 3) facilitating more community partnerships like the innovative steps taken by Aledo and Bell Helicopter to properly prepare students to be tomorrow’s work force.

Q. What makes you the best candidate for school board?

A. I am excited about the position our school district is in right now. I’d like to see our National Merit Finalist list double and then triple; our student athletes scouted for and some signing with Division I and II colleges in football, basketball, track, baseball, softball, golf, swimming and every sport we have a kid who is deserving of a chance to be looked at; and our teachers earning 95-100 percent of the regional average. If we are going to be forced to be BIG, I want our kids to benefit from that by gaining excellence in all areas NOT suffering from it through larger class sizes and less individualized attention. I am passionate about our classroom teachers and ALL of our students. I want to see our top 10 succeed, as well as our middle 15 percent. I want our bottom 10 percent to feel like they, too, achieved something important when they march across that stage at graduation. I want our kids to consider the trades as well as the military as honorable choices for their future. And, you bet, I am rooting for our ag program, bands, Orange Crush, Mock Trial & Debate teams and Drama Club, too.

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    Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
    Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is  Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
    For more information, call 817-440-7770.

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