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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 https://www.facebook.com/Jeffforkids.



For information about Kelvin Williams, visit https://www.facebook.com/kelvinforpisdschoolboard.

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 http://www.psimuomega.com/.


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 JDespain@PearlandPOA.org.


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.

VoteTexas.gov 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 (https://www.facebook.com/txsecretary), Twitter (@VoteTexas) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/votetexas/) 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 https://www.facebook.com/Suzanne-Hanneman-for-Brazoria-County-Justice-of-the-Peace-2-1-768755719935732.

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

11th Annual Elected Officials Meet and Greet

The public is invited to the 11th Annual Elected Officials Meet and Greet sponsored by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 20 at The Commerce Center located at 6117 Broadway from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  As a constituent you are a key player at persuading a politician to see the interest of the community; therefore, take this opportunity to let your voice be heard in a casual atmosphere with your elected officials.

While it takes a little more time than writing a letter or an e-mail, meeting in person with your member of Congress, City Council, State Legislators or School Board Trustees is the most effective way to get that official’s attention and ensure that your issues make an impression.

Dr. Kris Schoeffler, Vice Chair of Governmental Relations, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies. This is the eleventh year for the Pearland Chamber of Commerce to provide a relaxed venue for the public to meet face to face with the local electorate.  We invite you to take advantage of this occasion.

If you plan to visit with an elected official during the event, follow these simple guidelines:

  • If you have an issue you want to discuss with an Elected Official, write a short statement about it and the result you would like to see.
  • If there is legislation involved, provide the relevant bill number.
  • Provide concrete examples of how the issue affects you, your business, and/or your employees.
  • Try to stick to only one issue, if possible.
  • State clearly the action you want the official to take. For example, vote for or against a specific action, item or bill, co-sponsor a bill, or sign a support letter.
  • Provide your business card or other contract information.
  • Obtain cards from staff attending the event.
  • One last reminder, if you present an issue with an Elected Official and you make a specific request, always write a thank-you letter to them for listening to you and state that you will follow up at an appropriate time.

Come and meet the officials who make the changes in your community. This is a golden opportunity to invest a fraction of your time to let your voice be heard.

The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is located in The Commerce Center, 6117 Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. For more information call (281) 485 –3634.


Proposed constitutional amendments on Nov. 3 ballot

The 2015 General Election will take place on November 3, with early voting being held October 19 through October 30. For information about where and when to vote, visit www.brazoriacountyclerk.net.

Proposed state constitutional amendments are introduced during the legislative session, which occurs only in odd-numbered years. If approved by two-thirds of each chamber, the proposal must then be approved by voters, usually during the uniform election in November of that year. Since the Constitution was adopted in 1876, Texas voters have approved 484 amendments to the lengthy document. This year, seven proposed amendments will be on the ballot for consideration of voters at the general election on Tuesday, November 3.

Proposition 1: Increasing the homestead property tax exemption

Proposition 1 would amend Texas Constitution, Art. 8, sec. 1-b(c) to increase the mandatory homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000. When the Legislature convened in January of this year, they set out to develop a plan to provide tax relief to Texas home and business owners. Senate Bill 1, the amendment’s enabling legislation, would increase the homestead exemption for school property tax from $15,000 to $25,000 beginning with the 2015 tax year, effectively returning $1.24 billion to Texas taxpayers. SB 1 will take effect only if voters approve the constitutional amendment proposed by SJR 1.

Proposition 2: Surviving Spouses of 100% Disabled Veterans

This would exempt property taxes for the surviving spouses of the totally disabled veterans who died prior to the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect. This is allowed if: The surviving spouse has not remarried since the death of the disabled veteran; and the property was the residence homestead of the surviving spouse when the disabled veteran died, and the property remains the surviving spouse’s residence homestead.

Proposition 3: Austin Residence for Statewide Elected Officials

Proposition 3 removes the requirement that statewide elected officials (comptroller of public accounts, commissioner of the General Land Office, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, and railroad commissioners) have to reside in Austin. The residence of the governor is addressed in a different section of the Texas Constitution and is not affected by this proposed amendment. Proposition 3 would allow these officials to maintain a residency at a location in Texas other than Austin.

Proposition 4: Charitable Raffles

Proposition 4 authorizes the legislature to allow a professional sports team charitable foundation to conduct charitable raffles under the terms and conditions imposed by the law and to use raffle proceeds to pay reasonable advertising, promotional, and administrative expenses.

As far back as 1876, the Texas Constitution prohibited all lotteries and gift enterprises, and this was interpreted to mean that the state cannot allow most forms of gambling. However, in 1980, it was changed to allow the regulation of bingo games if the bingo proceeds are used for charitable purposes.

In 1989, it was again changed to allow the regulation of charitable raffles if the raffle proceeds are spent for the organization’s charitable purposes and its members conduct the raffles. In 1991, it was again changed to allow the state to operate lotteries or to contract with legal entities to operate lotteries for the state.

Proposition 4 would change the Constitution again to allow charitable raffles conducted by professional sports team charitable foundations under the terms and conditions imposed by law.

Prop 5: Rural Counties and their private roads

Currently, rural counties with population less than 5,000 citizens can construct and maintain private roads. Proposition 5 would increase that population threshold to allow counties with 7,500 people or less to perform private road construction and maintenance. The population of Brazoria County is about 330,000, so this wouldn’t apply locally.

Proposition 6: Hunting and Fishing

Proposition 6 establishes an individual’s right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife in Texas.  This would support the state’s hunting heritage, promote outdoor recreation and would prevent anti-hunting and fishing groups from imposing stricter limitations on hunting and fishing in Texas. This would not modify any provision of law relating to trespass, property rights, or eminent domain, and does not affect TPWD’s ability to collect hunting and fishing license fees.

There are more than 2.7 million people that hunt or fish in Texas. In total, they spend $4.1 billion annually, which is a business nearly twice the size of Texas’ second largest commodity. Over 65,000 jobs in Texas are supported by hunting and fishing. This number is more than Dell, The University of Texas-Austin, and MD Anderson Cancer Center combined. Furthermore, $415 million in state and local taxes are generated from hunting and fishing in Texas, which is enough money to support the average salaries of 8,100 police officers.

Proposition 7: Dedicating a portion of sales tax revenue to the state highway fund

Two years ago, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) indicated that it needs $5 billion more per year to maintain the current condition of the state’s roads and keep congestion from getting worse. The Legislature identified funding for transportation projects without raising taxes or fees.

Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 5 proposes a constitutional amendment  that would dedicate a portion of general sales tax revenue to the State Highway Fund. If approved by voters in November, SJR 5 will dedicate up to $2.5 billion annually to the State Highway Fund. SJR 5 provides a stable revenue source to address the state’s transportation needs without raising taxes or fees and cannot be used for toll roads.

Thank you to Rep. Ed Thompson for the information!

Are YOU Registered to Vote?

It12039561_1016752081721619_6045937398374492375_n‘s National Voter Registration Day. Did you know you can find a voter registration form right on VoteTexas.gov? Fill out the form, print it, sign it, and mail it to get registered. If you’re already registered, you can double check to make sure your registration is current: http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/.

General Runoff Election TODAY

voteToday (June 13) is the General Runoff Election for Pearland City Council Position 2, vacated by Scott Sherman, who has come to the end of his tenure.

The runoff is between Derrick Reed and Quentin Wiltz.

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 until 7 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 PearlandVotes.com.