Mansfield News

Two file for school board

Joshua Spare, a 44-year-old information technology director, has filed for the Place 1 seat on the Mansfield school board.

Nine-year incumbent Terry Moore said he wouldn’t seek a fourth three-year term for Place 1.

Beth Light, 58, in Place 2, the only other school board seat up for election May 9, has filed for a fourth term.

Spare, who lives in the city of Grand Prairie in the east side of the school district, ran for a Grand Prairie City Council seat in 2013. He currently serves on the Grand Prairie Planning and Zoning Commission and the Peninsula Public Improvement District and has lived in the district for almost eight years.

“I was always interested in the school district,” said Spare, who hails from New Jersey. “My grandfather was a superintendent, my father was a principal and my mother was a teacher and went to school on the (New Jersey) Governor’s Teaching Scholarship Program.”

Spare said he’s running to help the board and district effectively manage its resurgent enrollment growth, which had cooled off the last few years during the economic recession.

“I’m very happy with the district,” he said. “I think my children are getting educated very well. I just want to ensure that they continue doing a good job, and the only way to do that is to be a part of it.”

Place 4 City Councilman Darryl Haynes, 62, has filed for a fourth three-year term. The two other council members whose terms are ending – Stephen Lindsey and Cory Hoffman, both 45, serving in Places 3 and 5, respectively – had not filed by Monday but have said they would.

Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641

Twitter: @Kaddmann

Filing for candidates seeking the available City Council and Mansfield ISD school board seats in the May 9 local elections runs through Feb. 27.