Voters will have a slate of candidates to choose from to fill an open Mansfield school board seat.
Five candidates tossed their hats into the race for the Place 6 trustee election, set for Nov. 3. Trustee Danny Baas resigned from the post in April, citing personal reasons. Baas was elected for his second three-year term in May 2014. His successor will complete the 18 months remaining on his term.
The race might already be tighter.
Ronnie Goines, 42, a pastor, says he has decided not to run after all, although he has not officially withdrawn from the race, school district officials said.
Daniel Gallagher, 47, director of elementary services for Eagle Mountain/Saginaw school district, has a son who is a sophomore at Summit High School, and has taught at Summit and Legacy high schools and T.A. Howard Middle School.
“I moved here because of the schools,” he said. “It felt like a small district, now it’s a large urban district. It’s a great district and still growing. They have maintained their success through the growth.”
Jaimie Palmer, 50, a special education teacher in Mesquite, has a grandson at Nancy Neal Elementary School, and she has worked as a substitute teacher in the Mansfield schools.
“We’re growing really quickly,” she said. “I don’t want to see students get lost and we lose our focus. We need to make sure students are prepared for college or what the future holds for them.”
Dora Tovar, 52, president of Tovar Public Relations, has had two children graduate from Timberview High School.
“I learned so much from advocating for my kids,” said Tovar, who said both of her children have ADD. “They’re not really talking about special-needs kids. They have experienced growth and handled it so well. Mansfield is like a case study for education in America of high growth.”
Franklin Roberts, 68, retired after teaching for 16 years, a decade of that in the Mansfield school district. He has seven grandchildren, five of them attending school in Mansfield.
“I’ve always been interested in working with kids,” Roberts said. “This will be working for kids. Every child should have an equal opportunity for education and equal resources.
“It’s a really good district,” he said. “In every case, you can look for ways to improve.”