Three school board races are on the ballot in Aubrey for the May 10 election but only one is a contested race.
Incumbent Colleen Dow will face former school board member Jackie McBroom for the Place 7 seat.
Incumbent John Brogdon, 63, a plumber, is uncontested for a three-year term in Place 6 and Annette Crooks, who was appointed to the Place 2 seat last December, is uncontested for the race to complete the remaining year in the unexpired Place 2 term.
Early voting begins April 28.
The candidates generally agree that growth in the student population is a major issue facing Aubrey schools in coming years.
Student enrollment in the Aubrey school district grew by more than 5 percent in the last school year, a 110-student increase over the previous year and the largest gain since the 2010-11 school year, according to James Monaco, the district’s chief financial officer. The district could top 2,100 students by next year and “be pretty close to maxing out” at 2,700 students within the next five years, he said.
Dow, 50, a software engineer who has served three years on the Aubrey school board, wrote in response to a candidate questionnaire from the Denton Record-Chronicle that her top priority is monitoring the district’s population growth and “planning accordingly for facility management and growth.”
She wrote that she sought re-election because she feels she’s made a difference in her first term and because of her continued efforts to “be the people’s voice.”
In response to the questionnaire, Dow listed her top priorities as maintaining “high academic standards and a positive and safe learning environment” for students and teachers. She wrote that she intends to continue making herself available and responsive to the community about student and school issues and direct those concerns “accordingly for resolution if necessary.”
As a mother of three children who currently attend school in Aubrey, Dow wrote that she is accessible to voters and that she brings the perspective of “a working mother” to the school board.
“In the last three years serving our district as a board trustee, I have not missed one meeting, special meeting or workshop — I am highly committed to serving our school district and community on this board,” Dow wrote. “In every vote I cast and every opinion I give regarding my role as an AISD School Trustee, my first concern will always be, ‘Is this best for the children in AISD?’ or ‘How will this affect the children of AISD?’ I want every child in our school district to be given every possible opportunity to succeed.”
McBroom, 60, is a retired educator who served three terms on the Aubrey school board before stepping down in 2011 after being promoted to assistant superintendent for educational services for the Sanger school district. After retiring last year, he said he decided that returning to the school board would be a way he could continue being part of the school process and helping students and teachers.
McBroom said as the district grows, it will be a challenge to meet residents’ needs and also maintain staples in the school district’s history such as vocational programs.
McBroom said in response to the questionnaire that it is important to provide students with “a quality educational experience” and to also recruit, hire, and train the best teachers and offer support so that both teachers and administrators can be successful.
He said it’s also important to provide students with the technologies necessary to be successful.
“It’s an expensive proposition but it’s also vital,” he said. “We have to arm our kids with technology and skills they need at the next level to be successful.”
McBroom said his more than 30 years experience as an educator with the Aubrey, Pilot Point and Sanger school districts and nine years previously on the board qualify him for the Place 7 seat.
“I think I offer the best of both worlds,” he said. “I think that everyone knows me pretty well. I don’t offer any secrets or surprises. They know what they’re going to get.
“It’s very important that people come out and vote. Every vote literally counts in an election like this.”
Crooks, 55, a farm owner, wrote in response to the questionnaire that she hopes to promote the district’s financial stability, academics, athletic and other extracurricular activities as a trustee.
“Aubrey is facing unprecedented growth, and this is an opportunity for our school district to distinguish itself as the absolute best in our area, as well as within Texas,” she wrote.
Brogdon had not responded to requests for information by press time.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.