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AISD Board hopeful Mike Lansford pursues higher student achievement

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Mike Lansford, former AISD Board member and small business owner, has taken on incumbent Pete Vincent in the race for Position 1 on the Alvin Independent School District Board of Trustees on May 12th. During the recent candidate forum hosted by the Alvin Chamber of Commerce, the candidates were asked, “how do you feel about term limits?” Mr. Lansford's reply stood out, “If people vote, you have term limits.”

Lansford threw his hat into the race because he wanted “Alvin ISD to return to being one of the top school districts in Texas.” When asked about what needs to change right now his message was clear. “The curriculum needs to change quickly. The teaching to the level of a minimum skills test must stop. A comprehensive curriculum for all student levels needs to be implemented. Student achievement should be top priority.”

In the 12 years since he was last in office, according to the AEIS reports, AISD enrollment has increased 50% to over 17,000 students. Lansford reports that the number of teachers has increased by 48% during that same time frame. However, he also stated, “the number of campus and central administrators has grown by 131%.” Another reason given that this candidate decided to run was because he didn't believe that “the latest tax rate increase was necessary.”

Even though Texas has fared much better than many other parts of the nation, Texans still feel the rising energy and food costs. It behooves the Board to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to them by the taxpayers. Mr. Lansford is running on a platform of: common sense, fiscal conservatism, and integrity.

Watch for more on the May 12th elections.

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