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Bernard wants end to buddy system, mis-spending

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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – Cindy Williams’ re-election bid must first get past K.C. Bernard, a former security guard at Midlothian High School who says he wants to end the "buddy system" in MISD politics.

Williams, after five attempts, did not return requests for comment.

"We have a board that is kinda stagnate," Bernard said. "Also, the past couple of bonds haven’t passed and I feel that’s because we have had some bond elections in the past where the information that was presented to the voters before it was voted on wasn’t followed through with after it passed.

"People feel the need for more honesty and accountability."

Bernard said qualified applicants for teaching and other positions are passed over in favor of those with connections to certain district officials, an alleged practice he said he wants to stop.

"People being promoted or positions being obtained in this district solely because of who you are," he said.

"I believe there have been others better qualified but they didn’t get in because of just that. Ultimately, number one [are] the kids in the district.

"I believe with all the bond elections and whatnot we are failing the kids. That’s the [No. 1] priority of mine, the students in this district."

With a bond debt of $360,745,594, according to the Texas Bond Review Board, MISD taxes and spending have also become an issue.

Williams voted with six other trustees to increase taxes 4 cents last year, even after the state Legislature mandated a 33 percent property tax cut.

"Simply put, I know there are people out there who disagree with me because I am so open minded and I speak my opinion but I feel as though that is what you need on school boards," Bernard said.

"You need someone that will stand up if things aren’t right and voice their opinion and not always just agree to whatever they are trying to get passed.

"It happens all the time in this district. This board is all too concerned about being friends with one another that when issues are brought up that could be touchy either way, I feel like even if they have an opinion against it they don’t voice it.

"That needs to be done. Someone needs to stand up and voice their opinion, not just stand up and nod your head to keep the peace."

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