Three candidates have filed for Place 7 of the Springtown ISD board in a special election for the two-year unexpired term. Incumbent Al Garrett, who was appointed to fill the vacany left by the resignation of Kelly Mayo in July 2012 is running against challengers Gene Terry and Damon Liles. The Democrat asked candidates in local contested city council and school district races to answer questions, limiting their answers to 300 words per question with a deadline to submit their responses. Early voting begins April 29.
Name: Al Garrett
Family: Wife - Jan, Children - Lisa and Chad, and four Grandsons
Why are you running for school board?
Since July I have been privileged to serve on this board in an appointed position. I am excited to see how this district is moving forward with so many innovative programs in curriculum, testing, fine arts, technology and athletics - all aimed at graduating well rounded students adequately prepared for college. In this day and age, more than ever before, a good education is essential for our children’s future. I want to be a small part in helping make this happen.
Any prior experience running for office?
I served on the Springtown School Board for 12 years from 1985 to 1997 - four years as Board President. Since then I have been appointed by the Board three separate times to fill unexpired terms including the position I am in at this time. I am also a former Chamber of Commerce President.
Are there any changes you’d like to see implemented if you serve?
Springtown ISD formally adopted a resolution declaring that we believed the state’s current formulas for funding education are both inequitable and insufficient. Along with several hundred other districts, a suit was filed and we won the case. However, it is being appealed and I would certainly like to see this through. It is essential that the State comes up with much needed financial reforms to help districts implement programs that are mandated - without having to greatly increase school district taxes in our community.