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April 24, 2013

Q&A: Profiles for the races for places 4,5 on Weatherford ISD board

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Name: Charlie Martinez

Occupation: small business owner in Weatherford for over 20 years as a tailor/clothier/certified professional dry cleaner.

Family: my wife, Cathy, and I have five children and 10 grandchildren. Currently our daughter-in-law is an educator in WISD and two granddaughters are students in our district.

Why are you running for school board?

I feel that my 12 years of dedicated service and accumulation of over 378 hours of Continuing Education awarded by Texas Association of School Boards, in addition to prior service on Campus Improvement Teams, District Leadership Team and Strategic Planning Team and Education Foundation Board, qualify me as a valuable, contributing member of this board.

Being bilingual has afforded me the opportunity to share information with families of our Spanish-speaking students and community members. As a strong supporter of “Making Education a Priority,” serving on this board has been a most rewarding way of giving back to our community.

Any prior experience running for office?

I am seeking my fifth term on the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees, Place 5.

Are you in favor of the $107.32 million bond proposal? Why or why not?

I am in support of the bond. It has been 14 years since the last bond and it is again time to address overcrowding issues as well as an opportunity for improvements in safety and security and athletic facilities along with capital improvements on all campuses.

A new Career and Technology Center has been included to better provide for alternate career paths for those students who may not have the option to attend college. The additions of ninth grade wings and career and technology along with athletic facilities create a safer environment for our students because they will no longer need to travel off campus to access these programs.

This is in keeping with our district mission statement: “To teach, challenge, and inspire EACH student in a safe, nurturing environment to succeed in the global community.” The board worked along with approximately 50 community leaders to put together a bond package to present to our community for consideration. With the passage of this bond it is expected to satisfy facility needs in our district for the next 10 years.

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