So far three people have served notice that they are running for the Glen Rose ISD’s Board of Trustees, which has three positions that are expiring in 2017 at the end of their three-year terms.
Two current board trustees, Jason Dillard and Andy Snow, plus one newcomer, Tammy Hille, have filed to be on the ballot in the Saturday, May 6, election. Dillard serves as the board’s secretary, but all seven trustee places are at-large positions.
The term of Board of Trustees President Kelly Snodgrass also expires this year. So far, Snodgrass has not turned in an application to be on the ballot.
Other members of the GISD Board of Trustees are Vice President Tom Lounsberry and trustees Wade Busch, Kevin Taylor and Brady Brown.
The May 6 date will also combine the Glen Rose City Council election, plus the mayor position. The expiring spots on the City Council are held by Dennis Moore and Mike Jones, along with that of Mayor Sam Moore.
The deadline to file for a place either on the school board election ballot or for a City Council position or mayor is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.
As of press time, no candidates had filed applications to run for the City Council positions. Application packets can be picked up at City Hall from City Secretary Christy Cavness Bradshaw.
The applications to be placed on the ballot for the Board of Trustees may be picked up at the GRISD Administration Building.
Packets containing the applications and pertinent information for potential candidates were available starting two weeks ago.
The Glen Rose Reporter caught up with the three who so far have officially declared their candidacy for the Board of Trustees. Below are their profiles, along with their thoughts on the position:
Dillard, 47, is finishing up his first term on the board. He was born in Fort Worth, and was raised in the small town of Eden before graduating from Tarleton State University in Stephenville with a degree in Agriculture Engineering.
Dillard works for United Coop, where he is a manager of field engineering.
He said that his motivation when he ran for a trustee spot three years ago was “To join a strong group and insure that our future is sound.”
Dillard added, “I wanted to make sure we stayed on task, where we are today.”
He said he has learned a lot during his three-year stint.
“I think the budget is the one thing I always see as the most challenging,” Dillard said. “We have to stay on top of it.
“The biggest thing is I’d like to see us continue on the same track and support the kids for a great education through GRISD. I think we’ve had some strong leaders in the community and in the school district. I’m glad to support those in the direction they are going. We have a great group of faculty and students.”
Dillard and his wife have two adult children who graduated from Glen Rose High School — daughter Jaylan Morrison, 23, now in nursing school, and son Jayton, 20, who attends TSU. Their youngest is 7-year-old daughter Joryn, a second-grader at Glen Rose Elementary School.
“Being raised in an area (Eden) similar to Glen Rose — that’s what my wife and I wanted for our children,” Dillard said. “I enjoy the community and I enjoy the school district. I enjoy the people that I’ve got to know. It’s been a great experience.”
Hille, 43, made her first attempt to be elected to the board four years ago, and wants to try again.
She cited two key reasons.
“I think it’s extremely important to have a woman on the school board,” she said, noting that the last female trustee, Marilyn Phillips, ended a lengthy stint about four years ago. “I also want to prevent complacency.”
Maintaining the status quo does not fit her vision of how the board should operate.
“I think it’s important to change that up, and not let anyone get too comfortable,” Hille said.
Hille and her husband, Matthew, moved to Somervell County in 2012 from Virginia when they bought a family farm near Rainbow. He is a retired Navy chief, and now works at the GRISD bus barn.
They have a daughter, 16-year-old Kirsten, and a son, 10-year-old Andrew.
Hille grew up in Waterloo, a town in upstate New York. They lived for 23 years in Virginia, where she worked as a health-care professional. Now she does secretarial work at Signs 67, and occasionally works as a substitute teacher.
While living in Virginia, Hille realized the schools their children were attending were simply too big for their own good. She longed to live in a community that had schools more like the smaller ones they had enjoyed in Waterloo.
“In Virginia, the schools were huge,” Hille said. “We absolutely love it here. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Here it’s so close-knit, and I know this is where we’re settled. We chose this community because of the family. The people here are amazing and the schools are amazing.
“The superintendent (Wayne Rotan) empowers the teachers, the school board and the kids. How involved our administration is — it’s powerful. What better place to raise your kids? The more you’re involved in your kids’ education, the better education they’re going to get.”
Snow grew up in Carthage, and was a 1986 graduate of Texas A&M University’s engineering college. Snow has worked the last 20 years in the chemical industry.
He has served nine years — three consecutive terms — as a member of the Glen Rose Board of Trustees.
Snow and his wife, Kristy, have lived in Somervell County 12 years, and their residence is just north of Glen Rose. Kristy is a teacher at Glen Rose Junior High School.
They have a 25-year-old daughter, Leah, of Grapevine, and a 23-year-old son, Weston, who resides in Austin.
“The past nine years have been extremely positive, and it has been an honor to work with these guys,” Snow said of the board, noting that there has been “no drama.”
Snow added, “I can only express the highest marks” for the board members and GRISD administration.
“I’m just proud I’m part of a board that’s a cohesive unit. We’ve got good chemistry here. The board acts as a group, not as one person.
“We’ve got a good group of conservative thinkers that use the district’s assets as well as possible. This board has been all about what’s doing right.”
Snow stated that he thinks meeting budget challenges will likely be the biggest concern for the trustees in the coming years.
“I think we all — collectively, across the state — are on the edge of our seat with funding,” Snow said, alluding to the controversial “Robin Hood” laws in Texas that fund the poorest school districts by recapturing money from those ruled to be property-wealthy. “It’s a moving target. It seems like it’s always changing. I credit Mr. (Wayne) Rotan (the GRISD superintendent). He does a great job. It’s a challenge to live within your means.”