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April 25, 2013

Q&A: Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees – Place 3

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What I do not understand is why it was fought so hard to keep the football game field in town and now to move other sports and build new facilities at the high school away from the downtown area. I am also a little embarrassed by the visitor side of the football field we currently have. Being a contractor, it looks like it is half-finished.

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Name: Philip Newkirk

Age: 31

Occupation: manager at Carter Surveying & Mapping

Family: Married

Why are you running for running for school board?

As a Christian, conservative and concerned citizen, I feel that it is my duty to play an active role in my local community’s public education. I do not have confidence in a school board that unanimously passed the $107 million dollar bond election.

I want to reinstate fundamentals that are necessary for a child to grow and be a responsible, educated and moral adult. Our quality teachers should be compensated for their hard work. Instead, WISD is listed as having one of the lowest teacher salaries in the Metroplex

Any prior experience running for office?

This is my first time to run for any public office.

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

Not in favor of the bond. Traditionally, bonds are implemented for capacity issues and therefore used to build new school buildings. In 1999 a $97 million dollar bond was passed and it built the high school and two elementary schools.

This new bond for $107 million dollars does very little for the future population growth of WISD. It is frivolous spending of taxpayer dollars at a time when most citizens are cutting back and spending more wisely. It seems that our school board is not being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money.

There needs to be more time spent considering the best ways possible to keep the children safe in the school while providing the best education possible. Why not let the taxpayers decide on which items to pass and not to pass instead of lumping them all together in one vote?

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