To inform readers about the candidates seeking their votes on the November ballot, the San Antonio Report asked all candidates to answer the following questions. We edited answers for clarity, not substance or grammar, and we did not fact-check responses. We restricted responses to 200 words for each question.
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Somerset ISD, District 6
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What is your educational background? Where did you go to school growing up and what is the highest level of education you completed?
My early childhood years began in Somerset, Texas. I attended Somerset Middle and High School. I graduated top ten percent of my class. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, graduating Cum Laude, from Texas A&M University San Antonio.
Most importantly, I continue my educational growth. As I am currently enrolled in the graduate MBA program at Texas A&M University San Antonio. I have attained 30 of 36 credit hours with a current GPA of 3.71.
If you have completed higher education, what degrees or certifications have you earned and from where? In what years did you complete these degrees or certifications?
What is your current occupation, employer, and job title?
Senior Project Manager at Intertek PSI. A Geotechnical and Materials Testing Consulting Firm
List any previous elected offices that you held and the term you held that office. List any elected offices you sought and the years you sought those offices.
This will be my first time serving my community as an elected official. I am charged and ready to serve my district as an elected Trustee.
Why do you feel you are the best candidate for the office you are seeking?
I am the best qualified candidate as school board trustee. My years of experience in the private corporate sector coupled with my educational background puts me in an ideal position to better understand and analyze the District’s budget and finances. This advantage will give me a top down macro view of the District, enabling me to make the best decisions for the District and the Community.
My service to the Community is not limited to District 6 where I seek to be elected, but to provide open accessibility to all members of the School District. If their elected trustee does not respond, I will be the Trustee that will listen and take the important issues to the Board to be heard.
What three issues do you feel are most important to your constituents?
Issues that are most common among my constituents are the following:
Transparency, Needing to be Heard, Taxes and Budgets.
More transparency of Board Discussions and Decisions. The community wants to know and understand all of the contributing factors that lead to Board decisions. The Board is an elected body by the Community, and thus beholden to keep the Community’s best interest.
Public Board Meetings should be an open forum for a two way discussion between the Board and the Community. Currently, all public questions are required to be a submitted hand written form followed by an electronic response at a later date. The Board needs to be able to receive the hard questions and respond accordingly.
The Somerset I.S.D. high tax rate is comparable and in some instances exceed other School Districts in San Antonio with a higher median income. While school taxes are voted on by the Community, it is important to ensure that the hard earned tax dollars are spent on quality educational budgeted requests and not frivolously spent on non educational items.
If you are elected, what will be your top priorities once you take office?
My top priorities would be to present the hard issues to the Board for discussion and solutions, perform a top down review of all labor and expenses. Ensure the tax dollars are spend on educational related equipment and teachers. Mitigate waste, prosecute fraud and reduce operational inefficiencies.
For incumbents: What accomplishments are you most proud of during your time in office? Is there any vote or decision you would change now looking back?
For non-incumbents: Would you do anything differently from the current representative holding the office you’re seeking?
I would drastically pivot from the direction or lack of direction from the current representing trustee. I believe that current representative has accomplished great things many years ago but now is lacking motivation. It is time for me to assume the duties of Trustee for District 6 and begin the hard discussion for continued quality education Somerset has to offer amidst this COVID 19 crisis, which will impact the District for years to come.
How do you assess your community college district or school district’s performance during the pandemic and the way it served students?
It is difficult to assess the school district’s performance during this pandemic crisis because short of the flu, we have not had to contend with a deadly communicable virus and it would be unfair for me to arm chair critique the District’s performance. In my opinion, the Board and the Superintendent has responded in a way keeping the safety of the students a priority.
How will you approach budgeting for your district given the economic uncertainties? What are your budget priorities you would want to keep intact?
Budgeting moving forward should be conservative and cautious. The District must be ready to pivot and battle any unforeseen crisis that may occur. Items currently budgeted should be allowed to move forward without hesitation.
How do you plan to work to overcome academic gaps that may have developed or widened during the pandemic?
There should be no gaps allowed in the academic learning of the students. This would be detriment to their learning. More teachers and staff need should be hired to reduce the student teacher ratio. Every student should have an increased one on one time even if performed remotely. Each student should understand that remote learning is as equally important as face to face learning.