TISD: Group to host board candidates' forum on Monday

Published on Saturday, 29 March 2014 22:50 - Written by Emily Guevara eguevara@tylerpaper.com

The public is invited to attend a Tyler ISD School Board candidates forum Monday to learn more about the people running for the open positions.

The Tyler Proud organization is putting on the event. Tyler Proud is comprised of more than 1,900 parents, grandparents, educators, business owners and community leaders who believe great schools make a great community.

According the group, it is an all-inclusive, community wide, positive organization, which aims to bring people together to improve TISD.

During the forum, candidates will answer questions prepared in advance, then respond to audience queries during an open Q-and-A session.

School board candidates are: for District 2, the Rev. Orenthia Mason and Cedrick Granberry Sr., and for District 5, Ross Strader and Barbara Smith.

The May 10 election ballot will have only the District 2 and 5 races because on Thursday TISD canceled the District 4 race and elected Patricia (Trish) Nation as the trustee because she was unopposed.

This event is designed to help those living in Districts 2, 4 and 5 get to know their potential (or in District 4’s case, future) representative better and also for the community as a whole to meet and interact with those who want to serve on the school board, according to a Tyler Proud informational release.

Tyler Proud vice president Leslie Strader said all of the candidates, including the unopposed Ms. Nation have confirmed plans to attend.

“I think Tyler Proud recognizes what an influential piece of the puzzle the school board is and that it really does have a significant and direct impact on our campuses and our students … (and) our teachers,” Mrs. Strader said.

Too often the school board is neglected and people don’t even know who their representative is, she said.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation from Dr. Christy Hanson, TISD’s chief academic officer. Dr. Hanson is scheduled to provide a brief presentation about recent state legislation affecting Texas public schools, TISD’s proposed Early College High School, and TISD’s newly proposed graduation plans.

Dr. Hanson’s presentation likely will last for about an hour followed by the candidate forum at 7:30 p.m.

The event is scheduled to take place in the Genecov Room of the Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave., in Tyler.