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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

Psi Mu Omega to sponsor Candidate Forum on April 12


downloadThe Psi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in Pearland is sponsoring a Candidates Forum for Pearland City Council and Pearland/Alvin ISD on April 12.

This event will take place at the Tom Reid Library, located at 3522 Liberty Dr. and will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The forum will give candidates for Pearland City Council Position 6 an opportunity to address issues that affect the City of Pearland.

Candidates Adrienne Bell, Terry Gray, Trent Perez and Monica Russo have been invited to participate.  An invitation will also be extended to School Board Candidates for both the Pearland and Alvin Independent School Districts.

The Psi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a nonpartisan organization, and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international organization with chapters across the globe, with membership exceeding 260,000 women. The Psi Mu Omega Chapter was chartered in 2011 to provide community service in the Pearland/Brazoria County communities.

For more information, visit


Pearland Police Officer’s Assn hosts Candidate Forum

Save the Date!

Candidate Forum – for City Council and PISD Board Candidates

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Berry Miller Junior High, located at 3301 Manvel Rd.

Questions? Comments? Email Det. John DeSpain at


Texas Secretary of State provides voter resources


logo_votetexasVoting season in Texas starts Tuesday (Feb. 16), and Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos wants registered voters to be prepared as they head to the polls.

All registered voters are eligible to vote early. Early voting ends Feb. 26.

This year, Texas could play an important role in nominating presidential candidates on March 1 as a Super Tuesday state. A record 14.2 million voters are registered in Texas.

The Texas Secretary of State’s office provides several resources for voters. contains all voting information, such as when, where and how to vote, and what rights voters have. It also has information on the seven forms of approved photo ID voters must bring to the polls with them.

Vote Texas’ Facebook (, Twitter (@VoteTexas) and Instagram ( accounts will be frequently updated. Additionally, Texans are encouraged to Tweet any questions they have to @VoteTexas, and they will receive a quick response.

1-800-252-VOTE puts Texans in touch with voting experts in the Office of the Texas Secretary of State to answer any questions they have.

There’s no excuse NOT to vote this season!

Voting Information 2016

110397B7-F29E-4D25-92DF-2F8521B2183DEarly Voting:

  • February 16 – 19: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • February 20: 7 :00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • February 21: 1:00 p.m. –6:00 p.m.
  • February 22 – 26: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Election Day – March 1, polls open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Voting Locations:

  • Angleton Main Location: East Annex (Old Walmart) 1524 E Mulberry #144, Angleton
  • Alvin Branch Location: Alvin Library 105 S Gordon, Alvin
  • Brazoria Branch Location: Brazoria Library 620 S Brooks, Brazoria
  • Freeport Branch Location: Freeport Library 410 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport
  • Lake Jackson Branch Location: Lake Jackson Library 250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson
  • Manvel Branch Location: Courthouse North Annex 7313 Corporate Dr, Manvel
  • Pearland East Branch Location: Tom Reid Library 3522 Liberty Dr, Pearland
  • Pearland West Branch Location: Westside Event Center 2150 Countryplace Pkwy
  • Shadow Creek Branch Location: Pearland Westside Library 2803 Business Center Dr #101, Pearland
  • West Columbia Branch Location: Pct 4 Government Offices 121 N 10th St, West Columbia

Hanneman announces candidacy for Brazoria County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1*


HannemanSuzanne Hanneman is proud to announce her candidacy for Brazoria

County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1, in the March 1, 2016 Republican Primary.

Hanneman graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and became a licensed attorney in 1997.

She began her career as a civil attorney, but began working with law enforcement in 2000 as an Assistant City Attorney in Houston. In 2002, Hannenman received the Edward A. Cezares Award for Excellence and Professionalism in Municipal Law.

In 2003, Hanneman continued her career as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County.

She has handled thousands of cases, from truancy and misdemeanor cases in Justice of the Peace Courts to murders, sexual assaults and large quantity drug cases in felony District Courts.

Hanneman worked in the Asset Forfeiture Division for almost six years, helping recover over $2 million of illegally obtained proceeds.

Currently, Hanneman serves in the Public Service Bureau, screening and interviewing possible intern candidates and conducting criminal background investigations, as well as processing civil and criminal expunctions.

Hanneman and husband Jeffrey have resided in Pearland since 2001. They are the parents of 10 year-old twins, Jackson and Chloe, who attend Rogers Middle School in Pearland ISD.

Hanneman is a member of the Silverlake Lions Club, the Women in Leadership Society and is on the Board of the Adult Reading Center in Pearland.

For more information about Suzanne Hanneman, visit her Official Campaign Page at

*This is a sponsored post. does not endorse any particular candidate.

Incumbents face little opposition in Brazoria County primary races

With the March 1 primary races just around the corner , election season is now officially underway. In Brazoria County, a large number of incumbent candidates will return unopposed to serve another term.

At the national level, incumbent Congressman Al Green is unchallenged in the Democratic Primary and will face Jeff Martin, the lone Republican candidate, in the Nov. 8 general election.

In the race for Congressional District 14, incumbent Randy Weber is challenged by Keith Casey for the Republican nomination with Michael Cole as the lone Democrat to file in the primary race.

Incumbent Congressman Pete Olson is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for District 22. Mark Gibson and A.R. Hassan will compete in the Democratic Primary.

Incumbent Republican Larry Taylor is running unopposed and will serve another term as the District 11 Texas Senator.

Incumbent Rodney Ellis also drew no opposition and will serve another term as the District 13 State Senator.

Incumbent Republican Dennis Bonnen also drew no opposition and will also serve another term as the District 25 State Representative.

Incumbent Republican Ed Thompson will run opposed in the Republican primary and will face the lone Democratic candidate John T. Floyd in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Incumbent Republican Jack Wagner from Lake Jackson drew no opposition and will serve another term as Brazoria County Sheriff.

Another Lake Jackson resident, Donald “Dude” Payne, the incumbent candidate for County Commissioner Pct. 1 drew no opposition and will serve another term.

Pearland-resident Stacy Adams, the Republican incumbent for County Commissioner Pct. 3 is also running unopposed and will serve another term.

Incumbent Republican Ro’Vin Garrett from Angleton is running unopposed and will serve another terms as Brazoria County Tax Assessor Collector.

In the race for Brazoria County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Place 1, three candidates will compete for the Republican nomination with no filings in the Democratic primary.

Pearland-resident Suzanne Hanneman is running against incumbent Jack Brown from Lake Jackson and John Vasut from Angleton in the Republican Primary.

Alvin-resident Mike Merkel drew no opposition and will serve another term as the Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Place 1.

For Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Place I, incumbent Sharon Fox from Brazoria is challenged by Janis Varner Phillips, also from Brazoria in the Republican Primary with no candidate filings for the Democratic nomination.

Pearland-resident C.B. Buck Stevens, the Republican incumbent for Brazoria County Constable Pct. 3, drew no opposition and will serve another term.

For Pct. 2 Constable, Republicans Willie Howell from Angleton and David Thacker from Lake Jackson are competing for the Republican nomination. There were no candidate filings in the Democratic primary race.

For Pct.4 Constable, Manvel-resident Lance Willis, Angleton-resident James Brawner and Pete Gamboa from Sweeny are competing for the Republican nomination with no filings for the Democratic nomination

Early voting begins, County Voting Centers open for General Election

553e6ad5090cf.imageMonday (April 27) marks the beginning of early voting in Brazoria County. It’s also the first time that residents will have the use of County Voting Centers.

These Centers are polling locations that voters can visit on Election Day, regardless of the resident’s District. It is hoped that this will remove some confusion and encourage more people to come out to vote, improving Brazoria County’s dismal voter turnout statistics.

For Pearland races, early voting locations are: Tom Reid Library, 3522 Liberty Dr.; Westside Library, 2803 Business Center Dr. Ste. 101; and Westside Event Center, 2150 Country Place Pkwy.

These locations will be open for early voting from Monday (April 27) through Friday (May 1) from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday (May 2), Monday (May 4) and Tuesday (May 5) from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

On May 9, Election Day, Voting Centers in the Pearland area are:

  • Drainage District #4 Building, 4813 W Broadway
  • Fellowship Bible Church, 1720 E. Broadway
  • Tom Reid Library, 3522 Liberty Dr.
  • Westside Library, 2803 Business Center Dr., Ste. 101
  • Silverlake Recreation Center, 2715 Southwyck Pkwy
  • Turner High School, 4717 Bailey Rd.
  • Westside Event Center, 2150 Country Place Pkwy

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

For more information about local candidates, polling places and other voting issues, visit Pearland Chamber of Commerce’s voter resource site at