AISD board election
District 1 (Northeast)Cheryl Bradley (incumbent, unopposed): Former vice-president of the Austin Council of PTAs, Bradley is an outspoken voice for equity in AISD schools and has fought, sometimes in isolation, for greater resources for the Eastside sometimes more rhetorically than effectively. The turnover on the board may help her efforts.
District 4 (Northwest)Vincent Torres (unopposed): UT engineer was a chair of the committee that put together the $519 million bond voters passed in 2004 and serves on the committee that oversees its implementation. He wants AISD to develop better maintenance procedures and to plan long-term for bonds, and foster a spirit of "teamwork" with the other trustees and superintendent Pat Forgione. He has two children in AISD schools.
District 5 (South)Lori Moya (unopposed): Former PTA president Moya has served on district advisory, budget, and bond committees. She wants AISD to reduce the achievement gap, do a better job of community outreach, and improve graduates' college and career preparation. Her two children graduated from AISD schools.
District 7 (Southwest)Robert Schneider (incumbent): Semiretired systems analyst is a vocal advocate of greater community involvement as well as of Southwest neighborhoods' interests in the district, and of more wisely utilizing district facilities either through boundary redrawing or repurposing. He believes AISD needs to improve middle-school performance. He has four children in AISD.
Mel Fuller works on advanced placement and early college programs in low-income high schools for Texas A&M, so the high school redesign process is of key interest to him. With two children at underenrolled Cowan Elementary, he is keenly aware of the imbalance of crowded and half-empty schools and wants to solve the problem. He agrees that the community needs more opportunities to voice concerns.
District 8 (At-large)Ed Leo: A lifelong educator with 40 years of experience at AISD, Leo was principal of Sanchez Elementary when it became the only majority-poor school in the district to earn an "exemplary" rating. He was an area superintendent when he retired, and his two sons graduated from AISD schools. His highest priority is closing the achievement gap; he also stresses the need to pay teachers well and to base policy on sound data.
Annette LoVoi: Former PTA mom and nonprofit lawyer (Texas Appleseed, which promotes broader legal representation) has worked on AISD bond committees and advisory councils galore. She emphasizes early childhood education and supporting AISD teachers and wants to ensure high schools prepare students for a variety of ca-reer options. She has one child in an AISD school.
District 9 (At-large)Karen Dulaney Smith: Former PTA president is a wage-and-hour consultant who emphasizes the need to close the achievement gap and also implement raises for teachers to help AISD compete for talent. She has two children in AISD schools.
Alberto C. Gonzalez has served on AISD committees including discipline review, bilingual education, dress code, and strategic planning. He hopes to work on increasing community involvement and district responsiveness. Has two children in AISD schools.