Election Q&A: Meet Georgetown ISD school board Place 5 candidates

Candidates Melanie Dunham and Eric Robinson speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)
Candidates Melanie Dunham and Eric Robinson speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)

Candidates Melanie Dunham and Eric Robinson speak on Georgetown ISD and the coronavirus pandemic. (Community Impact staff)



GEORGETOWN



Georgetown ISD board of trustees Place 5










Melanie Dunham




Occupation: content strategist


Experience: I am a parent of four GISD kids, an active community volunteer and have been a school trustee for 5 1/2 years.






How will you help Georgetown ISD navigate the coronavirus pandemic?




MD: I strive to be present. I listen to stakeholders—parents, teachers, students, our community—and make communication a priority. I understand the needs of our most vulnerable families and our responsibility to advance learning for every child, whether in person or online, and I will work tirelessly to balance all of this with ever-changing government recommendations, our commitment to fiscal responsibility and data-driven safety protocols that protect both the physical and mental health of students and staff.








Eric Robinson




Occupation: associate professor, school of education, Baylor University


Experience: I have worked over 30 years directly and indirectly in schools to improve the academic and mental health of students.






How will you help Georgetown ISD navigate the coronavirus pandemic?




ER: As a board member, [I will] emphasize keeping our children, teachers, and staff safe and be guided by public health experts to determine when to open our schools. While teaching online, [I] guarantee 100% of our students have the technology and internet access to be successful, and [I will] help coordinate with our community (Boy’s and Girls’ Club, churches, GoGEO) to provide educational settings for children who have inconsistent adult supervision during the school day.



By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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