Waxahachie ISD Former county treasurer top vote-getter Two incumbents ousted
By 05/08/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE- Voters here do not have a short-term memory.
Amid a controversial budget deficit, and a failed bond package, voters turned out Saturday, May 3 and elected two new faces to the school board, ousting nine-year board member David Walker and Linda Alvarez.
Mark Price, the former county treasurer who lost to Republican Chad Adams in last November's general election, garnered 644 votes, or 25 percent, in the race for three at-large positions.
and incumbent Joe Langley received 441 and 432 votes, respectively, capturing the other two positions.
The WISD has come under scrutiny for their handling of a $2.5 million budget deficit, which was later found out to be a miscalculation; Superintendent Bobby Parker and Chief Financial Officer Dan Davis admitted there were problems with the budget figures, which were not made public until after voters turned down a $48 million bond package in February.
Trustee Bill Kelley said the district knew about the budget deficit even before the bond election campaign, but the district kept it from the public; during his campaign, Price said the taxpayers should be able to find out what goes on with the district.
'It's their money, and they have a right to know where it's going,' Price said after a recent candidate forum.
Teachers, who are afraid to come out publicly, said the district intentionally tries to hide things by holding meetings at 7 and 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings, and has even locked administration building doors during regularly scheduled meetings, other examples of keeping things from the public, they said.