Q&A: Six candidates running in New Caney ISD trustee election

Three positions on the New Caney ISD Board of Trustees will be decided in the Nov. 2 election. (Community Impact staff)
Three positions on the New Caney ISD Board of Trustees will be decided in the Nov. 2 election. (Community Impact staff)

Three positions on the New Caney ISD Board of Trustees will be decided in the Nov. 2 election. (Community Impact staff)

Three positions on the New Caney ISD board of trustees will be decided in the Nov. 2 election. Wendy Sharp, Ricky Warwick and Chad Turner currently hold positions 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Oscar Ramirez, Jr. is challenging Sharp for Position 3, Angela Tompkins is facing off against Warwick for Position 4, and Dennis Alters is challenging Turner for Position 5. Community Impact Newspaper reached out to each candidate to ask what they believe are the top challenges facing the district and how they would solve them.









Wendy Allen Sharp



Occupation: Family nurse practitioner


Experience: Three years as a member of the New Caney ISD board of trustees; 10 years teaching at a graduate level family nurse practitioner program; nine years as a school nurse; one year teaching high school biology and health science


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What issues do you believe NCISD needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?



WAS: New Caney ISD is actively working to increase technology offerings to its students. The career and technology education (CATE) program offers certifications and job skills to assist students who are not college bound. And rightly so. Not every student would benefit from college level education. I’m excited to see the CATE program grow with more programs to benefit our students.



What part of the district’s budget is overfunded and/or underfunded? How would you begin to address this?



WAS: We are working on increasing safety in our district by putting more school safety officers on campuses. The balanced budget is an important goal for our district and much thought and planning goes into deciding which programs would most benefit the students.



What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?



WAS: Personally, I’m interested in seeing much less emphasis placed on a test as the means of evaluating student and teacher performance.











Angela Hoffart Tompkins



Occupation: Pharmacist


Experience: 16 years as a pharmacy manager/director; four years as a residency director at University of Houston College of Pharmacy; three years as a PTO co-president at Bens Branch Elementary; member of the Mascot/Color Committee for New Caney ISD's new high school


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What issues do you believe NCISD needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?



AHT: I believe that our current district ratings do not reflect the great work that is happening in our schools. Our campuses, central office and board need to acknowledge our current standings and come up with a plan to make our academic ratings better. I also feel that we need to implement a system of supports for students who are in danger of falling through the cracks. I would recommend that teachers, campus [leaders] and district leaders create a proactive process that evaluates all of our kids in order to provide them the individual supports they need to be successful in New Caney ISD.



What part of the district’s budget is overfunded and/or underfunded? How would you begin to address this?



AHT: I believe that the district’s budget is a great reflection of the district’s priorities. The majority of the district’s budget goes directly to investing in our hard-working teachers and dedicated campus support staff that provide our children the great education they deserve. If elected, I would continue to support and advocate for our classrooms being the top priority in the district’s budget.



What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?



AHT: It seems to me that often our state and even local leaders in education tend to forget who they are elected to serve and advocate for… our kids. I see a lot of decisions being made that may be what’s best for adults but not what’s best for kids. At the same time, these leaders don’t ask or listen to teachers and administrators as to what are common sense solutions to challenges facing public education today. At the state level, our legislature needs to revisit facility funding for property for fast-growth districts such as New Caney ISD. Our district is experiencing tremendous growth and I believe our growth rate is about to accelerate. Our state legislature has put too many obstacles in the way for local school boards and communities to overcome so that they may address growth needs in their own district.











Dennis Alters



Occupation: Gas Control Manager


Experience: In my career, I have experience with complex budgeting, long-term phase-based projects, and growth projections.


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What issues do you believe NCISD needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?



DA: Due to COVID-19, I believe this is the most critical time we have ever seen in education. We need to be proactive in identifying our students' needs and deficits. I think now, more than ever, we need to help support our staff in our intervention programs and make sure we are identifying students with learning difficulties. I also would like to see our district embrace programs that allow our great teachers to be just that—great teachers. We’ve got to take more off our teachers' plates so they can focus on educating our students.



What part of the district’s budget is overfunded and/or underfunded? How would you begin to address this?



DA: New Caney ISD has consistently had a balanced budget. While that is an excellent approach to handling the budget for the district, it can also lead to excessive spending. As the district grows and new programs are brought in, there will always be ways to re-evaluate and adjust the budget.



What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?



DA: I would like to see a more hands-off approach on the state level, so the school districts can bring in the materials they believe best fit their community. On a local level, I want to see our overall rating improve. We have skilled educators, but as a board, we need to find more ways to support our teachers in the classroom during COVID-19. To ensure any academic gaps created by COVID-19 are addressed, I would like to work with the district administration on implementing a plan to increase the educational standard within New Caney ISD. I also want to prepare for the continued growth in our community. I have experience with strategic planning in multiple facets that I believe will benefit our school district. I am prepared to work hard for our district.











Chad Turner



Occupation: Candidate did not respond.


Experience: Candidate did not respond.


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What issues do you believe NCISD needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?



CT: Candidate did not respond.



What part of the district’s budget is overfunded and/or underfunded? How would you begin to address this?



CT: Candidate did not respond.



What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?



CT: Candidate did not respond.











Ricky Warwick



Occupation: Candidate did not respond.


Experience: Candidate did not respond.


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What issues do you believe NCISD needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?



RW: Candidate did not respond.



What part of the district’s budget is overfunded and/or underfunded? How would you begin to address this?



RW: Candidate did not respond.



What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?



RW: Candidate did not respond.











Oscar Ramirez, Jr.



Occupation: Candidate did not respond.


Experience: Candidate did not respond.


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What issues do you believe NCISD needs to address in its academic program and offerings? What changes would you recommend?



ORJ: Candidate did not respond.



What part of the district’s budget is overfunded and/or underfunded? How would you begin to address this?



ORJ: Candidate did not respond.



What changes should be made on the state and local level regarding public education?



ORJ: Candidate did not respond.





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