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Pearland ISD Position 7 Candidate discusses local issues



Pearland ISD has three Trustee positions up for re-election on May 7. Rebecca Decker, who sits in Position 5, is running unopposed as is Lance Botkin, who holds Position 6. Pam Boegler is giving up her seat in Position 7, and hopefuls Jeffrey Barry and Kelvin Williams are both running to take her place.

We sent questionnaires to Barry and Williams. As of press time, Williams had not responded. Barry’s responses are outlined below.

Q1: Why did you decide to run for the Board of Trustees?

I want to continue to give all of PISD’s students the best opportunity to excel, either in academics or trades, so that they can start their lives being given every opportunity to be higher than average wage earners wherever they go.

Q2: What is your campaign platform’s most important issue?

We really have three issues that I like to include together: Academic excellence, teacher retention and fiscal responsibility. I believe that all three of these issues share the number one position in my campaign.

Q3: There have been issues that have historically come up during election time. What are your ideas about overcrowding and what are some realistic ideas to deal with it?

Overcrowding is an issue that all growing communities face over time. The District constantly checks zoning areas to make sure that the population of students aren’t concentrated in certain school areas and if there are then they are forced to rezone certain areas. Once those options are exhausted, we must consider expansion of schools and/or new construction.

Q3-1: Financials: A solution to overcrowding is to build new schools, but with the current budget, that can’t happen. What are your ideas for the future?

Without impacting the budget the best thing that we can do is to manage each school’s demographics (number of students within a certain area that attend a particular school) to make sure that our “school zones” are aligned with the student/school count. If these numbers are aligned then, in many cases, new schools are our only option.

Q3-2: Transparency: Do you think there needs to be an improvement here? If so, how would you go about making the Board of Trustees/PISD more transparent?

I think that with all of the Trustee meetings being streamed on TV, saved to the District website and having the agenda posted in advance, allowing anyone to review and choose to make open comments in advance of the meetings is sufficient, but I am open to suggestions in this area.

Q3-3: Technology: some students (and even teachers) can’t afford to buy tablets/laptops. The district doesn’t have the latest classroom technology in every classroom. Do you think this is a problem and if so, what are your ideas about moving toward a solution?

Being that we are in a “technology-driven” world these days, I believe that this needs to be addressed sooner than later. In some cases, the district is using old technology in the classroom. Technology changes faster than every 18 months these days, and if we want our students to be the cream of the crop, we need to figure out how we are going to get them the latest and greatest technology in the classroom. I do know, coming from a technology background, that technology isn’t cheap. I would approach as many technology companies for grants and, potentially, have someone on staff that is focused on technology full time. Since the budget is relatively fixed, I believe that partnering with outside companies is the solution.   The PISD Foundation and the NBCEA may be a short-term viable solution, but for the long term and on a continuous basis, we need to partner with companies like Cisco, HP, Dell, etc. to alleviate a portion of this burden.

Q3-4: Staffing issues: what are your ideas about attracting and keeping quality teachers and staff?

I understand that we live in an area that is very competitive from a teaching perspective. With Alvin ISD growing at a fast rate along with other prominent districts in the area the pool of outstanding teachers is shrinking. Always trying to pay our teachers the most money isn’t the solution. I would think that if we create an atmosphere of being the “best place to work” as far as local area ISDs go, then we will be able to attract and retain the best of the best. Administrative support and oversight is the key to success.

Q4: What in your career history and experience makes you uniquely qualified to serve as a Trustee? What will you bring to the table and what gap will it fill (if any)?

My career spans from technology to insurance, but my most important qualification is being a business owner. I have owned my own business for 12 years and employ five people, so I understand the challenges of managing a budget and making payroll. As a small business owner, I understand the value of a dollar and will take this characteristic onto the Board if elected.

Q5: Do you have any children that attend PISD schools? If so, what are their ages/grades?

I do not; however, that fact gives me a unique advantage due to fact that I can take different approach to issues that come up in the district. I can be completely objective, and my aim is for every student to have the same advantages as all the rest. Because we don’t have children in the district, my wife, Charisse, and I have put a lot of energy into helping the kids that are here.

Q6: One of the major social problems in all school districts is bullying, both in person and cyber bullying. What ideas do you have to cut down the incidences of bullying and what punishments do you believe need to be handed down to children who break the bullying rules?

Bullying is a challenging situation for the district and parents. Our best defense against bullying is awareness for teachers, administrators and parents. Keeping the parents in the loop and “partnering” with parents will be the first step to a successful resolution. Training for the district counselors and parents will help to identify that bullying is going on and allow them to work together to come to a solution. As far as punishment, we already have rules for punishment within the district, such as detention, the PACE Center and the court system, and the level of punishment must be reflective of the severity of the incident or incidents.

Q7: Feel free to mention anything about your family, your job, your experience, hobbies or anything else you’d like to share with our readers.

I have lived in Pearland for 17 years, married to Charisse Barry, and live in Green Tee. I served, active duty, in the United States Navy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. I am currently President of the PISD Education Foundation, and am on the Board of the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance. I have also served on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Adult Reading Center and the Economic Development Corporation for the City of Pearland.

For more information about Jeffrey Barry, visit



For information about Kelvin Williams, visit

PISD candidates tout career experience

(Chronicle) Both candidates competing for a Pearland ISD trustee seat in the May 7 election are emphasizing how their career expertise would help improve the district.

Kelvin Williams, an engineer, and Jeff Barry, an insurance broker, are vying for Pam Boegler’s Position 7 seat on the district’s board.

Boegler, the board’s vice president, is not seeking re-election.

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PISD eNews – March 2016


Early kindergarten online enrollment open now    

Beginning March 1, parents may start the early kindergarten online enrollment process. Afterward, complete the enrollment process at your child’s zoned campus April 4-7. More 

Galleries Galore       

View student art at businesses during Youth Art Month Art Walk

YAM logo PearlandISD 2016Love the arts? Pearland ISD artists will display their works in local businesses during the seventh annual Youth Art Month Art Walk March 1-31. Several campuses will also host events celebrating the arts. More 

Dollars & Sense            

District locks in energy prices to save $4 million     

Pearland ISD’s sensible solution to cut energy costs will save nearly $4 million through 2019. The strategic move is one way the district strives to conserve taxpayer dollars. More   

Gold Standard 

Communications Department wins nine state awards 

TSPRA_logoAfter the recent Texas School Public Relations Association conference, the district’s Communications Department brought home the gold, with two Best of Category distinctions and seven other awards. More 

Under Construction      

Sablatura teams excel in underwater robotics

Aqua_Tronz_team_editedTwo Sablatura Middle School teams are advancing to the National SeaPerch Challenge, thanks to their skills in underwater robotics. More 

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Silvercrest PTA News

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We’re springing into March here at Silvercrest with exciting events and lots to look forward to in the next few months of school! Go Stallions!

PTA General Meeting

Please take note that our next general meeting will take place on Thursday, March 10th at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria. Our PTA does great work and we look forward to seeing old friends and new, so come along and find out how the PTA works on behalf of our school and how you can help.

PTA Membership

Please remember to join our PTA! We are so proud of the number of parents who get involved, but there’s always room for more! If you would like more information, please contact Lindsay Rodriguez at At Silvercrest we enjoy being part of the local community and we also welcome any community members who would like to participate in our PTA. Please visit the PTA website for more information. To join, simply stop by the front office at Silvercrest or contact Lindsay for details.

Spirit Nights

Who wants to have to cook dinner after another busy day? If you’d rather be out having fun with other Silvercrest families and helping our school, look no further! Spirit nights are so important in raising funds and a really easy way for you to contribute. Eat at the restaurants below on the date listed, and the restaurants will kindly donate funds back to our school. We will remind you of these Spirit Nights by sending home flyers in your students’ folders, listing them on the marquee, and through our school website. Hope to see you there.

  • Mar. 2: Schlotzsky’s
  • Mar. 22: Chipotle
  • Apr. 7: Big Horn BBQ


Our spring Book Fair is fast approaching! The Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair will be held March 7th – 10th from 7:30am-2:30pm and March 10th from 7:30am – 6:30pm. We love to encourage reading, and this is a great opportunity to buy some fantastic new books. During the weeks leading up to the Book Fair, the children will be watching a video during their class library time of the fair’s highlighted books. They will also be bringing home a Book Fair flyer, so look for it in your child’s folder.

Please note, parents cannot pull their child out of class to shop, but they are welcome to shop with their child during their class’s time at Book Fair. Your child’s teacher will let you know when their class will be visiting the Book Fair. Alternatively, parents have the option to come in before school and shop with their child, or come after school until 6:30pm on Thursday, March 10th for the late night. This is great way for parents to share in the experience and help your child select from the huge selection of titles and other items available at the Book Fair. Volunteers are needed to help with Book Fair set-up and during the week of the event. Please contact for more information, or if you would like to volunteer. Hope to see you all there!

Stallion Stampede

The Silvercrest Elementary PTA will be hosting our 11th Annual Stallion Stampede Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, at the Silvercrest campus. This fun-filled, family morning is open to the whole community! There will be a timed 10K and 5K race, as well as a non-timed 1K race. Runners and walkers of all ages, abilities and speeds are welcome! Breakfast and shopping at the Silent Auction is open to runners and non-runners alike, and a DJ will be on hand to entertain the kids. Proceeds from this event benefit the PTA’s annual Year End Gift to Silvercrest. We hope to see you there! For more information, email On-line registration for runners and for the pancake breakfast is now open at, and paper registration forms are available in the front office at Silvercrest Elementary. Follow our event page on Facebook to stay informed: “Silvercrest Stallion Stampede.”

Pearland grad heads to Super Bowl


Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers

Pearland has produced yet another athlete that has snagged the spotlight. Fozzy Whittaker, 26, a graduate of Pearland High School, is going to Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers to face the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7 in San Francisco.

The Carolina Panthers signed Whittaker on July 27, 2014 as a Running Back. Performing well in preseason, he made the initial 53-man roster, which was announced in August 2014.

On January 3 of this year, Whittaker scored a 39-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the Wild Card playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, which helped the Panthers win that game 27-16, advancing them to the Divisional Playoffs.

Whittaker is 5’10” tall and weighs 205 lbs., making him a force to be reckoned with. After graduating from PHS, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in Corporate Communications. He played 38 games for the UT Longhorn football franchise.

Think Big, Dream Bigger: Foundation Increases Teaching Grant Awards

Kelvin_Williams.jpegUnder the theme of “Think Big, Dream Bigger,” the Pearland ISD Education Foundation today announced increased funding for its Innovative Teaching Grants Program. Beginning this February, Pearland ISD educators may receive up to $2,000 for their inventive classroom ideas, an increase of $1,000 from previous grant cycles. Additionally, four projects will be selected to receive up to $5,000.

“We know teachers have great ideas for their students and we’re thrilled to increase support for them,” explained Jeff Barry, Foundation President.

Thanks to continued donor support, increased giving from Pearland ISD employees through payroll deduction and the success of the Grown-up Spelling Bee, the Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved to increase the amount of funding at the Dec. 16, 2015 board meeting.

Since 2014, the Pearland ISD Education Foundation has funded 60 projects for a total of $49,662.60. Grant projects have included new instruments for elementary music programs, campus gardening projects and science and technology equipment for afterschool clubs. The foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides funds for educational programs and activities that either have not been funded or have been under-funded by the normal operating budget.

The 2016-17 Innovative Teaching Grant application will be available online on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Mar. 11. Any individual or team of persons employed by Pearland ISD and 1) involved in instructing students, or 2) providing related student support services can apply for our Innovative Teaching Grants.

Visit the Innovative Teaching Grants webpage ( for the application and guidelines on how to apply. Applicants are encouraged to a Writing a Winning Grant workshop on either Monday, Feb. 8 (4-5 pm), Monday, Feb. 15, (3-4 pm), or Tuesday, Feb. 23 (4-5pm) at ESC.


Williams Announes Bid for Pearland ISD Position 7

Kelvin_WilliamsKelvin Williams announced his intention to run for Pearland ISD, Position 7 on Thursday (Jan. 21). Williams has lived in the Pearland area for eight and a half years.

Williams is a dedicated and involved father of two children, one former and one current student of Pearland ISD. He currently serves on the Pearland ISD Long Range Facilities Planning Community Advisory Committee.

A formally trained engineer with 11 plus years of experience supporting two of our nation’s largest space programs (Space Shuttle and International Space Station), Williams believes in the importance of science, mathematics and engineering concepts that will do nothing less than propel our students forward.

Williams believes Pearland ISD outpaces other school systems in the state of Texas and is a force to watch nationally. Its standing is the result of close attention to the art of instruction and assessments aligned with classroom curriculum.

Focusing on the future methods of instruction and what is needed for all Pearland ISD faculty and staff members to have the best opportunity to maximize their time with students is a major focus area for Williams. Budget management and ways to enhance the current budget are also areas of focus to ensure that students have access to the best learning tools available.

As the landscape of the nation and state continue to change, Pearland’s school district is continuously faced with student concerns resulting from external factors such as drugs, crime, mental health issues and challenging family structures. Williams’ belief is that board members must remain keenly aware of community, state and national trends to be ready to provide support to efforts necessary to address any and all issues that negatively affect students.

Williams appreciates the foundation that both past and present Pearland ISD school board trustees have laid and wants to continue to build upon that foundation. If elected, he plans to remain current and knowledgeable regarding data provided to the board members by the superintendent and his staff members as well as community data published by other elected community officials.

Williams believes that the best board members work to honor the constituents represented by being focused, attentive, engaged, and proactive. In addition, as an engineer, he will also focus efforts to strengthen our schools infrastructure (facilities, transportation, technology and communications).

Williams plans to support the future growth of Pearland ISD with five simple key values: Be a good steward for our schools; vow to keep Pearland Independent Schools academically competitive; work to help ensure that our school system recruits, attracts and retains the highest quality educators, as our children deserve the best; work with a purpose to ensure that all children are provided the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that prepares them to compete globally; and work to support a systematic effort to ensure that all Pearland Independent School facilities are safe for our children’s educational endeavors.

To learn more about Williams, visit

Pearland ISD Rodeo Art Exhibit slated for Jan. 13-14


2015 Gold medal winner by PJHW student Jennifer Li

In the rodeo mood? Boot-scoot to Pearland Independent School District’s 2016 Rodeo Art Exhibit Jan. 13-14.

The public exhibit at the Education Support Center (1928 N. Main) will feature boots, broncos, barnyards and other Western themes by artists in grades K-12. Public exhibit hours include. . .

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13: 4-7 p.m. (reception for students, families, teachers and friends)
  • Thursday, Jan. 14: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A rodeo judging committee will judge the artwork privately Wednesday.

Afterward, selected art will be showcased at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March, where students will have the opportunity to auction their works and win scholarships.

School bond election strategy aims to target parent voters

Pearland ISD officials recently began working on two critical planning steps to advance plans for a November bond election: strategic planning and facilities planning.

Trustees recently approved two consulting contracts designed to help guide the district through bond election strategy and the planning process. A $27,000 contract was approved with Engage, a firm that specializes in strategic planning and a $20,000 contract with Scott Milder, who works as an elections strategist for Stantec, a construction and architecture company.

Milder described his approach to election strategy in “Targeting voters in a school bond election”, an article published online by the School Superintendents Association.

Using special software, Milder can merge the voting history for a school district with with student directory information to create a list of likely registered voter parents by campus. According to the article, that data can then be merged with lists of local civic club memberships, booster clubs and an employee directory.

“Many registered voters never or rarely vote. Identifying those most likely to vote allows a targeted, one-to-one approach with those voters most likely to impact the outcome of your election,” Milder writes.

Using the targeted list, school administrators and staff members are then encouraged to start making phone calls.

“A voter who receives a call directly from the superintendent reminding them to vote and asking whether they have any questions is inspired to vote… and vote yes,” Milder writes.

But before focusing efforts toward a list of targeted voters, Milder recommends organizing a 45-50 person committee of community members and district staff to review the district’s goals and needs and make bond recommendations to the board.

“In many cases, the members of this committee create a political action committee to get out the ‘vote yes’ message, so it is important they have a positive experience.” Milder writes.

According to agenda documents, Milder’s $20,000 consulting fee will be reimbursed to the district via any future construction contracts awarded to his employer, Stantec.

Stantec and KBR

Stantec and the Houston-based architectural firm KBR were picked by trustees to provide architectural services on an “as-needed” basis at the Dec. 8 Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustees reviewed a list of 14 firms who submitted a statement of qualifications for the position including Stantec, KBR, CRE8 Architects, DLR Group, Corgan Architecture, Fanning Howey + House Partners, Huckabee, IBI Group, Kirksey Architecture, Pfluger Architects, Harrison Kornberg Architects, Powers Brown Architecture, SBWV Architects and VLK Architects.

Four Pearland ISD administrators and the City of Pearland Director of Engineering met and ranked each firm using six evaluation criteria measures: background and experience, previous experience with PISD and other districts, pre-bond planning, coordination and public relations, key project personnel, corporate financial qualifications and project management plan.

Of the 14 firms, KBR was awarded a perfect score. Stantec was ranked second and SBWV Architects was ranked third.

Trustees voted to approve the committee’s recommendation to hire KBR and Stantec.

According to agenda documents, the contracts with each firm will be negotiated at a later date once the details of future bond projects are known.

Silvercrest Elementary Newsletter – Nov, 2015

Silvercrest PTA

SilvercrestWe’re feeling merry and bright this December at Silvercrest and we would like to wish all our wonderful teachers, staff, students and families a very happy Christmas. Thank you for all your support in our PTA activities this year, here’s to a fantastic 2016! Go Stallions!

PTA General Meeting

Please take note that our next general meeting will take place on Thursday, January 14th 2016 at 6.30pm in the school cafeteria. Our PTA does great work and we look forward to seeing old friends and new, so come along and find out how the PTA works on behalf of our school.

PTA Membership

Please remember to join our PTA! We are so proud of the number of parents who get involved, but there’s always room for more! If you would like more information, please contact Lindsay Rodriguez at At Silvercrest we enjoy being part of the local community and we also welcome any community members who would like to participate in our PTA. Please visit the PTA website for more information. To join, simply stop by the front office at Silvercrest or contact Lindsay for details on joining by mail.

December Spirit Nights

Who wants to have to cook dinner in December? If you’d rather be out having fun with other Silvercrest families and helping our school, look no further! Spirit nights are so important in raising funds and a really easy way for you to contribute. Eat at the restaurants below on the date listed, and the restaurants will kindly donate funds back to our school. We will remind you of these Spirit Nights by sending home flyers in your students’ folders, listing them on the marquee, and through our school website. Hope to see you there.

  • Tues. Dec. 1st: Jason’s Deli
  • Wed. Dec. 16th: Papa John’s

Evening with Santa

Time to get your merry on!   Our much loved annual Evening with Santa will be on Thursday, December 3rd 2014 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. The big guy himself and Mrs Claus will be joining us for a night of festive fun including the Polar Express train ride, Christmas crafts, a chance to write a letter to Santa and deliver it by hand (who knows, maybe you’ll get some extra Santa brownie points…anything to get on that “nice” list!) as well as other activities and games. You can purchase some dinner there if you would like to. It’s so much fun to see the kids enjoy some time with the big SC and a wonderful start to the festive season. Look out for more information coming home soon in your student’s folder.