Several members of the Bullard community are looking to get more involved with the goings-on at Bullard Independent School District, as a high number of community members have signed up to run for three chairs up for election on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees in the upcoming May election.
“Serving your community as a school board member is a great responsibility that requires time and sacrifice,” said Bullard ISD Superintendent Todd Schneider. “The community should be proud that so many people are interested and willing to serve in this capacity. It is indicative of how involved and supportive the Bullard community is to Bullard ISD students.”
Up for grabs during this year’s Bullard ISD school board election will be a total of three seats: Place 3, currently vacant after the resignation of former board president Dr. John Alexander; Place 4, currently held by incumbent Karen Padrucco, who decided to not seek re-election; and Place 5, currently held by incumbent Jason Campbell.
With the filing deadline already passed, a total of eight people living inside the boundary of the Bullard Independent School District have announced their intentions to run in the Saturday, May 5 election.
A total of three candidates have thrown their hats in the running for the Place 3 seat, which comes with a shortened two-year term, including Brent Bishop, Jeff Bragg, and Susie Saxion.
Currently, Bishop serves as a project manager with WRL General Contractors, a position he has worked in since 2011.
As a parent of two current Bullard ISD students, I care deeply about their safety and educational experience,” said Bishop. “One of the main reasons my family moved to Bullard in 2012 was because of the great school system. The current administrative staff, superintendent and board of trustees have a great vision for the future of our kids. I am running to fill Dr. John Alexander’s open Place 3 in hopes of continuing the great work and service he provided to our community. I believe my leadership skills, management experience and common sense approach to solving problems can help build a strong accountable Bullard ISD. Most importantly, I am running to help the kids be successful students who are prepared for the future.”
Bishop graduated from Gilmer High School in 1994, and attended Rice University in Houston, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1998.
He is married to his wife, Sheri, of 15 years, and has two children: Beck and Kinsey.
Bragg has worked with the Bullard Police Department for the past 12 years and currently serves as the department’s captain after previously working with the Smith County Sheriff’s Department
“I felt that in this time and day, it would be a good time for me to step up and help the community and the school district,” said Bragg. “I have a lot of knowledge in the fields of law enforcement and security. One of my main focuses will be the safety and security of the school. I’d also like to take a look at the educational aspects of the district, while also helping to prepare Bullard ISD for growth. We all want to see the district continue to grow at the level it has been and continue to be a leading school district in the East Texas area. Bragg graduated from Brownsboro High School in 1992 and then attended the police academy at Tyler Junior College.
He is married to his wife, Karen, of 17 years, and has three children: Austin, Katelyn, and Nickolas.
At present, Saxion is an Assistant District Attorney with the Smith County District Attorney’s Office, where she has worked for over 19 years.
“My parents are both teachers, and as a daughter of teachers and a graduate of Bullard High School, I bring a unique perspective to the Bullard school board,” said Saxion. “I will be focused on increasing teacher retention and pay, growing the creative arts departments at all campuses, creating a balance of education for students striving for college prep versus vocational and trade based education, and allowing students to graduate fully prepared for their future.”
Saxion graduated from Bullard High School in 1991, and received a Bachelor’s degree in business from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. She them attended law school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she also earned a Master’s degree in business administration.
She is married to her husband, Mike, and has two children: Grey and Wyatt.
There will also be a crowded field in the running for Place 4 on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees, which brings a full three-year term, including Steve Adams, Stephanie Luper, Shane Pyle, and Michael Roy.
Presently, Adams works as a sign maker and graphic design artist specializing in corporate branding and marketing collateral.
“I’m extremely happy with the education my oldest child has received at Bullard ISD,” said Adams. “I believe that Bullard ISD is living up to the reputation of being a very good school district. I have one more child going through. As more people are coming in, the school and the town are continuing to grow. I think it’s important to get a vision of the expansion heading our way. I have a background of living and working in a larger community that has larger schools; the high school I attended had over 3,000 students. I want to be a part of helping the district in every way.”
Adams graduated from Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson in 1985. He then attended Richland College in Dallas.
He is married to his wife, Summer, and has two children: Drew and Zoë.
Luper previously taught schools in the states of Texas and Florida, as well as the Department of Defense Schools in Germany while her husband served in the United States Air Force. Currently, she serves as a substitute teacher for the Deaf Education program in Tyler ISD and is involved with various organizations and ministries.
“As a former teacher, learning and access to learning for all children through our public education system is very important to me,” said Luper. “I know that the investment in our public schools and our students is vital for the future. I’m always looking for ways to serve my community and I’m very excited about the possibility to serve on the BISD Board of Trustees. Bullard schools were the reason we chose to move here 10 years ago. The district had just built the new High School due to the growth in population, and it’s been growing ever since. With Bullard’s anticipated continued growth, I see the challenges of providing a quality education while being concerned about student safety and fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers. I bring a very diverse, experienced background to the table, which I believe will be a huge benefit to BISD as we continue to grow and welcome new people into our community.”
Luper graduated from Central Bucks High School East, located in Buckingham, Penn., in 1986. She then attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1990, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in elementary education and education of the deaf and hard of hearing, while also achieving post-Baccalaureate studies in early childhood education with a concentration in language development and linguistics.
She is married to her husband, John, of 26 years, and has three children, with her youngest, Josh, attending Bullard High School.
Currently, Pyle serves as the manager of Jared The Galleria of Jewelry inside the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler.
“I’m running for the school board because I believe in the direction our district is moving and want to ensure it stays on that course,” said Pyle. “Our kids’ education and safety are my top concern and want to ensure everything we do as a school district keeps those as our top priority. I have volunteered on several boards and committees, including the District of Innovation committee, all with the purpose of serving our kids.”
Pyle graduated from Marshall High School in 1991, and then attended college at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler.
He is married to his wife, Jeanne, of 21 years and has three children: Haley, Mackenzie, and Brycen.
Roy is currently employed with Brookshire’s Grocery Company in Tyler, a position he has worked in for 38 years. He previously served on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees for 21 years, filling the roles of President and Vice-President of the board periodically during his tenure.
“I am truly excited about running for the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees again,” said Roy. “I consider it an honor to serve my community. I enjoy being a part of the decision making process and as our community grows, I am privileged to be directly involved with the school district’s decisions.”
Roy is a Class of 1975 graduate of Bullard High School. After graduating, he attended Tyler Junior College.
He is married to his wife, Sharon, of 37 years, and has two children, Carmen and Steven.
The lone race that is uncontested in the upcoming May 5 election for the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees is the Place 5 race, as incumbent Jason Campbell has won his seat unopposed. He will now serve his second three-year term.
Campbell is the owner and currently serves as the president of his own business, Campbell Custom Homes.
“I am very humbled for the support that people are pleased with my role on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees,” said Campbell. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for everyone on the school board, along with our superintendent and administration staff. I’m very happy to be re-elected running unopposed and to continue to serve and see who our two new board members will be.”
He is married to his wife, Cindy, of 27 years, and has two children: Sarah and Katie.
For more information about the upcoming Bullard ISD Board of Trustees election, contact Bullard ISD at (903) 894-6639.