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Budget Concerns at Forefront of CISD Elections

Mar 08, 2013 03:54PM, Published by tina, Categories: Today, City+School


Mounting pressures facing Carroll ISD's budget have spurred several to run for CISD's Board of Trustees election in May



Increasing financial pressures on the Carroll ISD budget has been cited by three of the four candidates who filed for Places 6 and 7 on the CISD Trustee Board. Incumbents John Thane (Place 6) and Sherri Williams (Place 7) are not seeking re-election on Saturday, May 11.

Candidates Sam Torolopoulos and Matt Kormann are vying for Place 6 while Chris Archer and James M. Palazzo have filed for Place 7.

Place 6: With a background in tax accounting, Candidate Sam Torolopoulos has served on the district’s budget and finance committee. He plans to focus on financial stability for CISD and has said the budge is a long-term issue facing the district. Likewise, Candidate Matt Kormann has served on the budget and finance committee for CISD and also advocates fiscal responsibility along with student safety and collaboration between city and school officials.

Place 7:Candidate Chris Archer’s is campaigning on the mantra “Kids First.” He asserts that a well-rounded education including academics, arts and athletics is essential for today’s students. Increasing non-Robin Hood revenue opportunities and cost saving for the district is something Archer feels he can contribute to with his business background. As of this writing, no information was available on Candidate James M. Palazzo.

The Southlake City Council also had three openings in this election season and after the filing period closed on March 1; all three seats were unopposed which formally cancelled the election. Places 3, 4 and 5 have now been filled with the following representation:

Place 3 – Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Bledsoe will return to serve Southlake in his second term on the council. He has previously served on the Planning & Zoning Commission, been a former chair of SPIN (Southlake Program for the Involvement of Neighborhoods) and has a background in professional real-estate banking.

Place 4: New councilman Randy Williamson has served on the Parks & Recreation Board, SPIN and as Planning and Zoning Commissioner along with coaching in a variety of Southlake youth programs. He adheres to a philosophy of fiscal responsibility, which translates to living within our fiscal means and not raising taxes.

Place 5: Having served two consecutive terms and stepping down due to term limits, veteran councilwoman Laura Hill returns to the City Council. The co-founder of both SPARK (Students and Parents Against Risks to Kids) and SASO (Scholars and Athletes Serving Others) has also recently joined the safety task force created by Mayor John Terrell. 




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