The Lufkin Daily news reports that all six candidates for the three open positions on the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees participated in a forum hosted by the East Texas American Federation of Teachers on Tuesday night. Incumbent Andro Branch, along with candidates Keven Ellis, John Jerke, Joe Morales, Armando Navarro and Scott Skelton, answered questions on topics that included school funding, teacher salary and tax ratification.
In his opening statement, Ellis said he has contemplated running for a seat on the school board for the past four years while serving on the district’s Tri-Ethnic Committee, but felt the leadership was “not good, but great.” He said that with two seats now being vacated, he hopes to fill the need for the district.
“If elected, I will work to find creative ways to do more with less,” Ellis said. “I will work to empower our teachers, who at this point have been turned into robots by the state and its unfunded testing mandates, and most of all I will work to ensure that students at Lufkin ISD receive an outstanding education.”
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