School trustees retain their seats

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Voters re-elected three incumbents to the Denton school board Saturday.

Trustees Glenna Harris in Place 3, Mia Price in Place 4 and Charles Stafford in Place 5 will retain their seats on the seven-member board after each receiving more than two-thirds of the votes in their respective races.

Harris, a 60-year-old pediatrician, ran unopposed.

While campaigning for Place 4, Price, a 57-year-old accounts payable manager, said having someone with experience and knowledge would be important for the district to continue on a path of success. She listed student population, increased standards for accountability and the budget cap for facilities as issues the district faces.

Price said that although she was frustrated she never “debated or had a forum” with her opponent, she did enjoy campaigning, visiting with people, and talking about district successes and the challenges faced in public education. She thanked family and friends for their support.

“It is truly an honor to serve, and I appreciate all who take the time to vote and elect me,” Price said. “I promise I’ll continue to work hard and advocate for Denton ISD.”

The phone number Price’s opponent, Donna Woodfork, listed on her candidate application was disconnected, and she could not be reached for comment Saturday.

In a February interview, Woodfork, 43, said she was interested in making district changes concerning children with learning and physical disabilities. The teacher added that she also wanted to help decrease the number of school dropouts.

First-time candidate Prudence Sanchez, 50, challenged Stafford for Place 5 in hopes of being an advocate for Denton schoolchildren.

Sanchez, a lawyer, said she wanted to give back to the public school system that’s been good to her and her children. She said the district needed to address the growing numbers of schoolchildren living in poverty, children and parents with mental health issues, and the need for smaller class sizes.

Sanchez said she might run again in the future. She said she felt the race was one in which both sides ran a “clean” and “decent” campaign.

“I think I did pretty good with 25 percent. That’s not that bad,” she said. “I want to thank people that did come out to vote for me, and I hope that they will continue to be involved in city elections … and [elections] for school board.”

During his campaign, Stafford, 61, said the knowledge he’s gained in his years on the board and the connections he’s made in serving on various school committees and councils allowed him to effectively represent the school district’s needs at the regional and state levels. He said the issues faced by Denton schools include state funding cuts, facilities funding, reducing class sizes and No Child Left Behind regulations.

Stafford said he was “pleased and relieved” at Saturday’s election results.

He called the race a good discussion and vetting of issues. He said that with experience and more time around school business, Sanchez will have a lot to offer and contribute.

“I was extremely humbled and grateful that the voters of Denton ISD [saw] fit to honor me with three more years,” Stafford said. “I’m eager to go face the challenges of funding and growth.

“Now we have a lot of work to do for the district.”

According to Denton school officials, election results will be canvassed at 11:45 a.m. May 22, and trustees will take the oath of office May 28.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.

 


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