By CHRISTIN COYNE
Candidates running for positions on the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees and the Willow Park City Council discussed issues affecting their communities and what they bring to the table during a forum Monday held by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce.
See Sunday’s edition of the Democrat for responses from Willow Park City Council candidates.
Place 6 incumbent David Davis, 51, did not attend the forum. However, his challenger, Farida Goderya, 48, did show up and share her vision for the school district.
“I believe we need to make the schools a place where all students and teachers want to come,” said Goderya, a civil engineer working for the City of Fort Worth, a former university educator with a PhD and a mother of two, including one daughter currently attending school in the district.
Goderya, who said she moved into the district in 2006 and has followed the board’s meetings off and on, said she has two main reasons for running.
The school board needs representation from a woman because 50 percent of the student body are girls and more than half the school teaching staff are women, Goderya said, adding that she also now has the time to volunteer for the position.
Addressing a question of what she considers to be the biggest issues facing the district within the next three to five years, Goderya mentioned the growth that East Parker County is facing.
“We have to make sure that we accomodate growth but do not compromise the education or other services provided,” Goderya said, adding that Aledo ISD is spread over a large area and needs to use resources wisely.
The Aledo ISD system has to not only provide for the students who are seeking a higher education but opportunities to students who will choose other paths, Goderya said.