Few candidates have filed for the upcoming November board of trustees elections for Spring and Klein ISDs as the Aug. 18 deadline approaches.
Incumbents Georgan Reitmeier and Steven Smith are the only candidates to file for Positions 1 and 2 respectively, Klein ISD Communications Director Judy Rimato said. Spring ISD Communications Director Karen Garrison said no candidates have filed for the Spring ISD election for Positions 4 and 5, which are held by Rhonda Faust and Rhonda Newhouse respectively.
Candidates for both boards must file their candidacy with the district no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Rimato emphasized the importance of the board of trustees and what the board means to Klein ISD, citing an except from a January school board meeting that honored the board members.
"Whether the work involves stretching the district's dollars as far as humanly possible, taking the time to understand complicated legislation affecting our schools, or speaking up to help community members see the vision of what can be provided for our children—it takes both the heart and the hands to make a valuable school board member in the Klein ISD community," part of the excerpt stated.
Both school districts offer three-year terms for trustee members. Requirements include that candidates must be at least 18 years old, have not been convicted of any felonies, be citizens of the United States and reside within the district they serve.
Candidates also cannot have been determined by a final court judgment to be mentally incapacitated or partially incapacitated without the right to vote, Rimato and Garrison said.
Both districts have officers on the board whose positions are up for re-election. Faust serves as the president of the Spring ISD board of trustees while Smith serves as vice president for the Klein ISD board. Garrison and Rimato said both boards will select new members following the election once the new members have been sworn in.
Newhouse was selected by the board of trustees at a July 29 meeting to fill in for longtime Trustee Mel Smith, who resigned from the board on June 30.