Tyler pastor throws hat into ring for TISD board

Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:45 - Written by Emily Guevara, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Tyler pastor Ross Strader has filed to run for the Tyler ISD school board.

Strader, 42, senior pastor at Bethel Bible Church, has served on the board since late December, when he was appointed as the District 5 trustee to replace Brad Spradlin, who resigned.

The District 5 special election to be held May 10 will allow voters to select a replacement to finish Spradlin’s unexpired term, which ends in May 2015.

The District 2 and 4 positions also are going to be on the ballot as part of the general election.

Strader said he and his wife, Leslie, love the Tyler community and want to do everything they can to support it. Leslie is vice president of Tyler Proud, an organization that exists to support TISD and provide input for its improvement.

“We are huge fans of Tyler ISD and think that it is one of the greatest opportunities that we have seen anywhere for a school district to have a positive impact that affects the entire community,” he said.

He said he looks forward to being a part of the school board team if elected and working with the other trustees to do everything they can to keep the board moving in the right direction.

“It’s a great team and I think TISD is doing some outstanding things,” he said.

As a TISD parent, Strader said he has found ways to be involved and see the impact of what it is to encourage the district administrators and teachers.

If elected, he said he would bring to the table his perspective as a father and experience as a community leader.

“I really just want to contribute in the best way to what the board’s already done,” he said. “I think the board has a great plan. I think Mr. Mooring has a great plan and I want to be there in full support of that plan.”

A Tyler resident for more than seven years, Strader and his wife have three children, who attend elementary, middle and high schools in TISD.