Q&A: 4 candidates running for Willis ISD board of trustees Position 2

Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



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Willis ISD board of trustees Position 2














John Thompson





Candidate did not respond to requests for comment.












Scott Carson




Occupation: Candidate did not respond.


Experience: Coach/President of the Willis Youth Athletic Association






What are the biggest challenges the district faces in the next one to two years, and how will you address them?



SC: The biggest challenge WISD will face within the next 1-2 years is population growth, which will correlate with student growth. Another challenge I believe WISD will face is faculty retention. Willis ISD needs not just to remain competitive with compensation, but compensate their teachers, support staff, and faculty enough to stay with the district rather than leave to work for another school district that pays more.



Why are you the most qualified for this position?



SC: am a servant at heart and have a huge heart for helping people. I am not one to stand by and complain about problems within our community or school district, I'd rather spend my time and energy being part of the solution and in the conversation. I would work for the people who elect me and not lose sight of the fact that I am serving the people of my school district, not the other way around.









James Bishop




Occupation: Assistant Principal at Conroe ISD


Experience: 21 years public school teacher/coach.principal, college assistant basketball coach


Contact: 281-796-3396




What are the biggest challenges the district faces in the next one to two years, and how will you address them?



JB: First challenge I see is the we need to increase the number of students graduating. We are currently at 86%. Increase the number of students enrolled in AP, Dual or College Credit courses. Currently only 10% are taking 1 or more.



Why are you the most qualified for this position?



JB: I am the most qualified due to years of experience with running a campus and working with the decisions made by a school board. I am currently using best practices that have turned campuses and districts around academically. Current campus averages over 93% on state testing. I will be a community listening ear and speaking voice as a board member. Willis Wildkat Alumni, Trustworthy, Mentor, Pastor and Integrity just to name a few qualities that will join me on the board. Lastly the board will more reflect the community it represents when I am elected board member.




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Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.