Two New Members Sworn in to School Board

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Two New Members Sworn in to School Board

Brad Lowry and Jeff Williams were sworn in to the school board on May 18 at the meeting. (Photo courtesy of Greg Royar)

Brad Lowry and Jeff Williams were sworn in to the school board on May 18 at the meeting. (Photo courtesy of Greg Royar)

Brad Lowry and Jeff Williams were sworn in to the school board on May 18 at the meeting. (Photo courtesy of Greg Royar)

Brad Lowry and Jeff Williams were sworn in to the school board on May 18 at the meeting. (Photo courtesy of Greg Royar)

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The school board swore in Brad Lowry and Jeff Williams at the board meeting on May 18. Serving for a three year term, the members return the board to having seven members.

“I want to do what we think is right for this district,” Lowry said. “That’s what will be applied with every decision and every action that I take. Jeff and I ran to keep the momentum going for this wonderful place for years to come.”

Lowry received 732 votes, and Williams trailed with 587 votes. Williams shared how he hopes his service will continue the district’s success.

“I will work to absorb information and enable people to do what they are good at,” Williams said. “That is the role of a board; enable people that know how to run things, and let them run things.”

Focusing on those he will serve as a school board member is a priority of the former coach and teacher.

“If you don’t ever lose sight of what the ultimate goal is — which is to get our kids where they need to go, prepare them for what’s going to come at them — then we are going to be in good shape,” Williams said.

Lowry, an Argyle resident since 2004, expressed his motivation for running for a position on the board was rooted in the appreciation of the community.

“I feel a part of this town,” Lowry said. “It is mine, and it’s your’s and it’s all of ours. I think if you feel invested in it, then you are going to want to do the right thing to keep it as good as it can be.”

While the unofficial election results were available on May 7, the final voting count was announced earlier this week on May 16.

“I definitely felt humbled when I found out the results [of the election],” Lowry said. “I didn’t really feel any sense of celebration at all, though. I just thought, ‘okay, we’ve got work to do now.'”

Roles of the school board include approving the budget, evaluating and hiring the superintendent and making policy.

“Each board brings their own ideas, their own orientation regarding what they believe, and constitutes a good education for the students,” Superintendent Telena Wright said. “I think each board member is really interested in and committed to serving all of the students in the district.”

With the new middle school opening up in the next school year, the board will face decisions handling the influx new families, students, and staff entering into AISD.

“I think sometimes people take for granted what we have here in Argyle,” Williams said. “We’re going to have to work really hard to keep what we have with all this growth coming our way.”

“I definitely felt humbled when I found out the results [of the election],” Lowry said. “I didn’t really feel any sense of celebration at all. I thought, ‘okay, we’ve got work to do now.'”

Board members also nominated Keith White as president and voted to keep John Bitter as vice president and Craig Hawksworth as secretary for the next year.

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