There are two run-offs for the remaining Austin Community College board seats. Election day is June 1. (For additional info
, including brief biographical info about the candidates, visit ACC's Web site at www2.austin.cc.tx.us/
grantdev/election.htm or call 223-7889.
Here are the Chronicle endorsements (for full versions of the endorsements, see the May 17 issue).
Place 2: Paul Sherr
Paul Sherr has been a college counselor and dedicated community activist, has already generated such faculty and staff support that they recruited him to run, and his strongest endorsements come from faculty organizations. He wants to restore student and faculty confidence by maintaining a balanced budget and better planning, developing more democratic governance, and seeking additional funding.
Sherr has a clear vision of what the college needs in both administration and shared governance, and is fully committed to actively reaching out to the ACC community and the larger public to restore public trust.
Place 3: James McGuffee
We believe that McGuffee's enthusiasm for ACC and his past experience as a teacher and an administrator at the college make him stand out. His understanding of the issues facing the board is fully developed, and he has a well-considered plan of action: reforming board policy for shared governance; expanding the tax base with new school districts; steadily working toward an equitable pay and benefits policy for both full- and part-time faculty; and restoring community confidence in the board and the college before asking voters for a tax increase.
We believe McGuffee is both amply qualified to join the ACC board and represents well the new blood and community engagement that the board needs to restore a sense of community on ACC's campuses and the confidence of the larger public.