Each time there are elections for school board seats, the Weatherford Star-Telegram asks candidates to fill out profiles to let the community know who they are and why they chose to run. Following are the ones we received for Aledo ISD.
Name: Hans G. Dube, Place 2
Occupation: Production Mgr for EOG Resources in Fort Worth.
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What challenges do you foresee if elected? I think the greatest challenge will be to effectively deal with the growth ahead for the AISD. If you look around the D/FW Metroplex, some school districts have effectively dealt with the growth they have experienced in the last 30 years or so, and some have not. That will require strategic thought and planning, a number of committees (like 2025), considerable dialogue and a teamwork attitude and effort on the part of the Board of Trustees, Aledo ISD teachers and administrators and the Aledo community.
What strengths do you bring to your board if elected? Primarily, I bring an additional business perspective to the board. I am a proactive person and prefer to stay in that mode whenever possible, so that I minimize “reacting.” . In the Aledo ISD, we have some of the best teachers and effective administrators available. So we need to pay attention to retaining those folks (and attracting more for the growth ahead) and then provide them with the "tools" they need to get their job done. The "tools" are new school buildings to prevent overcrowding, technology infrastructure that will allow the teachers to effectively use the technology that is currently available, and capital improvements that facilitate teaching our students.
How does the upcoming bond election impact the district should it pass/fail? The district is already in a reactive mode with regard to growth. Should the new elementary school bond pass, then the district is in better position with regard to classrooms, and we would avoid having to install portable buildings at the elementary schools. If the new elementary school bond fails, portable buildings at most of the elementary schools will be required and the cost to place those buildings will come out of the operations budget, which is already thin.
Name: Jennifer Loftin, Place 2
What challenges do you foresee if elected? Responding to the passing or failing of the bonds, and helping Aledo grow within in the framework that voters support.
Keeping my positive perspective. One of the challenges of any school board is being a good listener, and that means often listening to complaints and trying to help people either understand better or reach a solution to a problem. Working for teachers and kids is the most positive thing imaginable, even if it the opportunity includes stress.
Trying to forecast in a rapidly changing world and helping to prepare our schools each year for the next step and the next thing.
What strengths do you bring to your board if elected? First, I hope and think that because I am a parent and mom of kids in the district and volunteer with the schools that I have insight as to what we are doing well, but also what we could be doing better.
My friends tell me I am a good listener. This may be the most important thing a board member can do is really listen to people—constituents (they are the ultimate customers) and teachers and staff (they are the invaluable employees). Before you can help, you first have to understand and often be understood.
I understand numbers, finances, and budgets. I have a mathematics degree with honors, worked and ran several large charities and organizations, and worked in professional financial planning and part time legal auditing. Aledo is recommending a multimillion dollar budget.
How does the upcoming bond election impact the district should it pass/fail? The bonds passing or failing has a critical impact on the district. It will completely change how we move forward preparing for the growth of so many new neighborhoods bringing new students to AISD. If they pass, we are empowered by the citizens to begin working on a new elementary school and move forward with much needed repairs and upgrades in our existing schools. Many AISD voters probably don’t know that some school lunches begin at 10:30 am (because there’s not enough room to accommodate our kids). Fewer know that large meeting rooms have no ventilation. While no one, myself included, wants to spend millions of dollars in a wasteful manner, we also are faced with the reality that we must address controlled and managed growth.
If they fail, the board will need to find other ways to address the needs of our students and our facilities. We will also face the immediate need to re-draw our lines for elementary schools so that we are not overcrowding our facilities. This may mean inequity within our district. It will mean temporary buildings that aren’t as storm safe as permanent ones, and don’t have restroom facilities either—not a big deal for middle schoolers and up, but a real hardship for the little ones (who would presumably get the temporary buildings first).
Additional comments? I would be honored to serve. Anything I can do to help my town and my children’s schools is an endeavor worth taking.
Cindi Neverdousky, Place 2
Occupation: Consultant working with the Texas Education Agency and the Education Service Center Region 13 to support schools throughout the state.
What challenges do you foresee if elected? East Parker County faces tremendous growth in the next 10 years. People move to our communities to be able to access the opportunities East Parker County affords for families and citizens. Managing tax dollars in a growing district is priority one. We must assure that students have the tools to learn and the personnel to do that. Growth means not only more classroom space but also additional resources and technology and security are key elements. Districts throughout the state of Texas have had to adjust and realign as growth blossoms in their area.
What strengths do you bring to your board if elected? Education has been my career for the past 42 years. My experiences and resources give me credentials that make me well qualified to run for this position. You can find out more about me at my website. Just logon to ttp://cynthianeverdousky.vpweb.com
How does the upcoming bond election impact the district should it pass/fail? Passing bonds incurs indebtedness for everyone. School districts do not have the money from current taxes for large capital expenditures, therefore bonds are necessary. Budgets are predominately personnel driven and therefore items that incur large expenditures are often placed in bond proposals. There is no doubt that at some point in time we will need a new school and safe and secure entrances are a must now. Infrastructure to expand the digital space is critical in order for our students to have the technical edge not only prior to graduation but throughout their school years. It also important to consider our bond debt. There are ceilings on how much we can borrow and we must be careful that we have bond money in the future at reasonable interest rates to build additional schools.
The school board’s job is to oversee the creation and implementation of a sound budget that maintains schools in all areas. We can’t have everything with the tax dollars that are available but we can spend them wisely. Should the bond fail the district will face issues regarding space, security, technology and transportation. Determining how we will pay for these necessary items will be a priority.
Additional comments? Education has been a life-long passion that I have devoted countless years. I believe that we must be life-long learners, always up for a new challenge and task to complete.
Vernon Mitchell Anderson Jr., Place 3
Occupation: Sr. Aeronautics Professional
What challenges do you foresee if elected? If I am elected by the community of Aledo, the one major challenge that I have foreseen would be answered.
As a Trustee, I must collaboratively work with the superintendent to create a shared vision that promotes enhanced student achievement, provide guidance and direction for accomplishing the vision. It’s not challenging at all if you understand the framework and how to operate within that framework.
What strengths do you bring to your board if elected? The strengths that I would bring to the board are my tenacity, relentlessness and a collaborative nature in sustaining and maintaining a strong educational system here in Aledo. I will also bring a well develop understanding of curriculum development as directed by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
How does the upcoming bond election impact the district should it pass/fail?
Pass or fail, the school district will be playing catch up. However, if the bond fails, we as a community will have our work cut out for us in getting the district back to a healthy state. If the bond passes, we will still be playing catch up, because with our community rapidly expanding, we will need to start analyzing and developing a plan now in order to get ahead of the needs of the district and our community. Being proactive in an educational culture pays great dividends, however, if we choose to continue in a reactive state as stewards on the community, the only ones to suffer would be our children.
David Denman, Place 3
Occupation: Project Manager in the Aerospace Engineering Services field
What challenges do you foresee if elected? Aledo ISD has several challenges ahead as we face rapid enrollment growth.
One of the biggest challenges we face is the ability to fund the projects necessary to accommodate the expected increases in enrollment
What strengths do you bring to your board if elected? My background in airframe structures engineering has taught me how to approach complicated problems that have competing variables, often with no straightforward solution.
My experience on the 2025 Committee provided an opportunity to become familiar with school finance, capital project needs, demographic projections, and the District’s financial position.
How does the upcoming bond election impact the district should it pass/fail? If Propositions 1 and 2 pass, and if enrollment growth comes in as our demographic studies indicate we are facing a total of $147 million in new projects over the next five years. However, according to the District’s outside financial advisor, we can expect to be able to issue around $97 million in new debt to fund these projects. This projected shortfall concerns me.
If the bond propositions fail I will recommend the District solicit additional cost opinions and evaluate project scope reductions so we can propose to the community a bond to fund construction of an elementary school that the community will be comfortable approving.
Additional comments? I believe in transparency, and I’m comfortable communicating my opinions openly. . Whether you agree with me on each issue or not I want to be clear that, if elected, I intend to work hard for what is best for our District.