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: .. k PAGE 8B - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Another look at MISD Board Candidates Continued from page 1B Malakoff High School just as both of her parents did. David and his wife Jo have been married for 37 years. David is presently serv- ing his second year as School Board President and has been a member of the board for eight years. David states that, "The biggest problem facing Malakoff's School District today are finances" He went on to add, "School districts are being asked to improve program quality, content quantity, student performanceand employee benefits. This request is made facing a competitive market place, rising costs and deteriorating schools. The Problem broadens, as the brunt of the finances has to come: from local tax- payers. Positive changes need to continue to benefit students, staff and taxpay- ers." O. R. perdue, Jr. is seeking to begin his fourth year on the Malakoff Inde- pendent School District board. Elections are to be- gin with early voting Apt'il 18th. Perdue said that his main goals for the MISD are as follows: 1. Keep affordable Health Insurance for all MISD current employees; 2. Recruit and maintain the best qualified and experi- enced personnel possible; 3. Maintain a safe environ- ment in order to promote O. R. Perdue, Jr. students learning capabili- ties; 4. Obtain a more equal balance on the Aca- demic Excellence Indicator System between all races; and 5. Maintain a reason- able maintenance and op- erations budget to keep school tax rates in balance. He would lille to tell vot- ers that if these goals sound reasonable please show support in the May 5th School Board Election. In information Perdue gave to the Malakoff News he stated: "Since my granddaughter is graduating this year sev- eral people have asked why go through the hassle of seeking reelection. As I have tried to state before, I didn't get on the board because of my grandchil- dren but for all the students in our district. It cannot be over emphasized how im- portant it is for a young person to complete high school and pursue a higher level of education. It is ira- perative to try to resolve problems that lead to drop- outs and strive t0 create an initiative for learning." O.R. and his wife Viola moved from Nederland, Texas to Star Harbor in 1992 to be closer toLtheir children and grandchildren. They have been married over 48 years and have three children and four grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren have been through the Malakoff School system. He is a re- tiree from Union Oil of California, with 37 years of service at the Beaumont Refinery where he was General Maintenance Foreman over the Planning and Scheduling Depart- ment. Upon moving to Star Harbor Perdue was elected to the City Council and served for five years before resigning to run for the School Board. He and his family are members of The First Baptist Church where he serves as a Dea- con. Perdue has not only been involved in community ac- tivities since moving to Star Harbor but while in Nederland he was elected to the school board. Dur- ing his tenure the board completed the construction of a new high school and built a new vocational building. In 1956 he was elected to the Board Of Directors of Jefferson tern. I believe that with my County Water Control and experience in business that Improvement District #10 and served fifteen years as president and eleven years as secretary treasurer. Tommy D. Worley is a resident of Michael's Cove. He has lived this area for twenty years. He is 55 years old. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of two daughters, Caitlin, who is 11 and Julie who is 32. Holding Bachelor of Sci- ence and Master of Arts degrees from Stephen F. Austin University, Worley Tommy D. Worley is employed as a Construc- tion Manager. We asked Mr. Worley why he is running for of- fice. "I have concerns with both the budget allocations and administration's slow response to existing prob- lems within the school sys- I can make a positive in- fluence that will enhance the maximum utilization of existing resources without tax increases." Worley sees his most im- portant goal as assuring scholastic improvement in the system. He says the school needs teacher in- centives so that it can keep quality teachers. His other goals include improving and properly maintaining the el- ementary and middle school facilities and en- hancing opportunities for girl athletics. When asked what he saw as the biggest problem fac- ing the school district, Worley named health con- cerns at the elementary school which he says have been an issue for over a year. "The present administra- tion has responded only af- ter much prodding by con- cerned parents," he said. "Our children should not be put at risk under any cir- cumstances." Belinda Garrison Brownlow is the owner of Malakoff' Insurance Agency. She is Past Presi- dent of the Malakoff Ro- tary Club, and a present Director. She is a Trustee of the First United Meth- odist Church and a mem- ber of the Malakoff Cham- ber of Commerce. ii!i!iiiii!ii!ili!!!!iiiiii!!i!i Belinda Garrison Brownlow She first, moved to Malakoff in 1970 when she was a sophomore in high school. She and her hus- band Mike returned to what Belinda considers her hometown twelve years ago when they bought . the insurance agency from her parents, Jerry and Barbara Garri- son. Mike Brownlow is a ser- vice director for B. J. Ser- vices International, an oil well service company, and in that capacity he travels all over the world. The Brownlows are the parents of Matthew, 12, who is in the sixth grade and attends middle school, and Rebecca, 10, who is in the fourth grade and at- tends grade school. Brownlow told the News that with two children in the Malakoff ISD she has a personal interest in the school system and the Continued on page lIB Malakoff School Board Election May 5, 2001 Subject: School District Taxes Our economy is slowing down. The stock market has lost 1000 points. We might be facing a recession very soon. Is it time for another tax increase? The current Malakoff school tax rate is $1.45 per $100 value. We believe if two of the three incumbent Malakoff school board members up for re-election are elected our tax rate could s0)n increase to $1.50. It is also our belief the majority of the current Malakoff school board spending priorities are not correct. Recently the MISD board needlessly spent $184,000 on a small concrete parking lot at the middle school. We need school board members who will respectfully listen to parents, teachers and tax payers of the district. We need new board members who will try hard to avoid the expenses of legal problems the Malakoff School has constantly and repeatedly been in- volved in for the past few years. If the tax payers of the MalakoffSchool District stay home ag/fin on May 5 then we all better reach into our pockets again for more taxes. We have six new candidates running against the three incum, bents this year. Several of the new candidates would give us a new change of direction and a conservative approach to school taxes. Two of the new candidates are still active and longtime business proprietors in Malakoffwith lots of experience in business management. Two more new candidates are currently active business managers for large companies. All four of these new candi- dates are fiscally responsible cmzens who know how to manage our tax dollars and will listen to the ]tax payers. We encourage everyone in the district to participate in the schoolboard election on May 5,2001 or reach deep in your pockets once again. Please vote on May 5,2001. Upset Taxpayers of MISD P.O. Box 1145 Malakoff, Texas 75148 paidpofitical advertising