By KAROLYN GEPHART
Positions for three school board members were on the Pearland ISD ballot in the May 6, election, with only two contested races.
PISD history was made when Position 2 was won by Mike Floyd, an 18 year old senior at Dawson High School. Floyd won by 54.21% over incumbent Rusty DeBorde who received 45.79% of the votes.
Floyd’s top priorities are creation of a balanced budget, expansion of educational opportunities, providing valuable experiences of a student to the board and bridging the gap that exists between the district and the classrooms.
“Never before in PISD history has a student been elected to the board of Trustees. I believe it is long overdue,” Floyd said. “This is a great opportunity for someone who actually knows what is going on inside of the classrooms to help set district policy.”
Floyd is president of the Dawson HS Student Council.
The second contested race had Pam Boegler win Position 3 with 60.39% of the votes. Her opponents were Al Lloyd who received 28.17% of votes and Trevor Hale who received 11.44%.
Boegler was appointed by the school board in July 2016 to fill a vacancy until the May election due to the recent death of longtime trustee Virgil Gant. She previously served two terms as a trustee between May 2010 and 2016. Elected, she will serve for one year to fill the remainder of Gant’s term.
She has lived in Pearland for 21 years and currently works as an office manager for Storm Guardian Generators.
Boegler’s priorities are to provide the best education possible for all students, hire and retain the best teachers, do more with the state funding even though Pearland receives less than the state average, and keep PISD on the forefront of the latest technology.
“I am committed to helping make Pearland a great place to live and one of the biggest contributing factors for that is an amazing school district,” Boegler said.
Board member Charles Gooden Jr. ran unopposed in Position 1. This will be his second term on the Board.
The Pearland ISD Board of Trustees comprises seven trustees who serve three-year terms. Annual elections are held the first Saturday of May. Each trustee represents the entire school district rather than a section of the population.