All three of the incumbents on Lewisville ISD's Board of Trustees who are up for re-election this year are being challenged for their seats. Fred Placke, Tom Kim, and Kathy Duke are all from Highland Village.
Place 5Filing for the 2010 School Board elections for Lewisville ISD began Monday, and already long-time incumbent Fred Placke has drawn two challengers from Lewisville for his Place 5 seat. Placke, 58, is a real estate agent from Highland Village seeking a 5th term.
Frisco Enterprise has more on Placke
Brenda Lynn Latham, 40, of Lewisville filed on Tuesday for Place 5. She lists her occupation as "Risk Infrastructure" and has lived in the district for 40 years and 9 months. Latham was one of the founders of the Lewisville Task Force.
Brenda Latham's campaign website.
Latham's issues: (See her platform...)
- School zoning should preserve neighborhood integrity
- Carefully reduce the $18 million budget deficit, but avoid impacting the classroom
- Incentivize experienced teachers to stay in the district
- Work to get dual-credit (high school/college)classes for college bound students.
Lewisville Leader has more on Latham.
Patrick Michael Kelly, 41, of Castle Hills (Lewisville E.T.J.) filed Wednesday for Place 5. He lists his occupation as "Chief Information Officer" and has lived in the district for 11 years, 4 months. Kelly is one of the founders of the RoundTable Project in Castle Hills - a group that has pushed for accountability in the governing districts there. He will be rolling out a website by the end of this week.
Kelly's issues: (See Kelly's Facebook site...)
- Stopping certain language changes in social studies textbooks
- Transparency and accountability
- Keeping tax increases to a minimum.
- Reducing bureaucracy to increase efficiency
School Board elections are won by simple plurality, meaning that whoever gets the most votes wins the seat - even if there is no majority. This means that multiple filings tend to favor the incumbent.
Place 4Trustee Kathy Duke, 42, of Highland Village (left) has filed for re-election to Place 4. Duke is an insurance broker seeking a 3rd term on the board. Duke has lived in the area her whole life, and attended K-12 in LISD. She also serves on the Flower Mound Presbyterian Hospital Governing Board
- Finance for Education which has caused our deficit,
- Hiring of a Superintendent,
- Dealing with growth and changes within the district.
"These are only a few issues. There are many items that make our district outstanding and I want to make sure that all continues. We are very blessed to have the best teachers, staff and Administrators in the State!"
Duke is challenged by real estate agent Ryan Collinsworth, 35, of Flower Mound (right). Collinsworth has lived in the district all of his life, and graduated from Lewisville High School. He serves on the boards of the Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors, and Denton County Friends of the Family.
- Hiring a new superintendent - should look inside and outside the district
- Would look at allowing the Frisco portion of LISD to move to Frisco ISD
- Would like to see Lewisville residents get more involved in the district, but not certain single-member districts are the way.
- Open information and transparency, including videotaping board meetings.
- Wants to be able to give back to the community.
Julie Linnea Foughty, 35, of Frisco filed today for Place 4. Foughty has lived in the district 4 years and 3 months, and is a former teacher who left full-time employment to take care of a special needs child. She holds a masters degree in library and information sciences from University of North Texas, as well as her bachelors in elementary education.
Foughty's Campaign Website has a lot of detail, but here are some of her issues:
- Striving for Excellence in Education, so that LISD can achieve exemplary status
- Improve communication between the district and the community, possibly including the use of focus groups for things like rezoning.
- Being financially prudent, trying not to raise taxes in the coming year until all other options are exhausted
- Searching for a new Superintendent who fills gaps in LISD's capabilities and strengths, again possibly using citizen input.
- Increasing focus on health and fitness among our students.
News Connection article on Duke...
Carrollton Leader article on Collinsworth...
Trustee Tommy Kim, 41, of Highland Village has filed for re-election. Kim, who lists his occupation as "Managing Director" is seeking his 5th 3-year term.
Cross Timbers Gazette article on Tommy Kim.
Kim will be challenged by Jeffrey Allen Knapp of Lewisville who filed for Place 3 on February 17th. Knapp, 49, is a Certified Public Accountant who has resided in the district for 15 years, 6 months. Knapp has served with several community organizations such as YMCA, FMYSA, LBA, Upward Basketball, LHS Farmerettes Boosters, and LHS Baseball Boosters.
- Getting the community to get involved and take ownership of their schools
- Solving the district's budget deficit
- Transparency in the decision-making process of the Board.
Lewisville Leader Article on Knapp
Dallas Morning News on Knapp
Michael Edward (Mike) McDaniel, 57, of Highland Village is also running for Place 3. McDaniel served as an LISD trustee from 1998 to 2004.
McDaniel runs a self-storage business, and has lived in the district for 18 years. He serves as a deacon of his church, and is on the board of directors for Denton County Child Protective Services.
- Performing an exhausitve outside search for a new superintendent when Dr. Roy retires
- Cutting back on extravagant spending, such as $295 per square foot athletic field houses.
- Putting building projects on hold until the economy recovers.
Lewisville Leader article on McDaniel
(Originally published 2/10/10 - 16:20)
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