Election Q&A: Alvin ISD board of trustees Position 2

Learn about the candidates for Alvin ISD board of trustees Position 2. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Learn about the candidates for Alvin ISD board of trustees Position 2. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Learn about the candidates for Alvin ISD board of trustees Position 2. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)



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Alvin ISD Board of Trustees Position 2










Binu John



Occupation: educator




Why did you choose to run for the position?



BJ: [I am] an ideal Alvin ISD school board candidate who has a vested interest in our schools and in our children’s educational future. As a mother of three who all attend Alvin ISD schools at different grade levels, and an educator with extensive education and educational management experience, [I have] a clear understanding of parental expectations for the schools and their accountability to stakeholders. [My husband and I] have resided in the Lakes of Savannah community for over 15 years. [I have] over 23 years of experience in education in both teaching and administrative levels, and [have] high expectations for those who serve in education. Educators and leaders need to treat others with compassion and embrace diversity. [I am] also is an advocate for transparency at the leadership level, and ... an advocate for ensuring that students have every possible resource available to help them achieve success both in the classroom and beyond. [My] vision is to build trust between the community members, schools and the school district.



What is one thing you think Alvin ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year? What is one thing you would like to see changed next year?



BJ: AISD excelled in their community outreach efforts due to COVID-19-related issues. From providing technology, hotspots, food and care items, AISD put the needs of the students and their families first. This in turn, helped better prepare these families to be better prepared this academic school year. I would like to see that parents still have the option of virtual learning; however, I feel that additional resources are provided to parents in order to help partner with the teachers to provide the necessary instruction that will keep them moving forward in their academics.



What are your priorities for this term, if elected?



BJ: The biggest issue will be closing the gap for our students who have been affected by virtual learning. This can be accomplished by assessing data and then determining the best course of action, and allocating budgetary resources to help achieve better outcomes for student learning.



What can board members do to ensure Alvin ISD students and families from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have equitable access to the resources they need for success?



BJ: Candidate did not provide a response to this question



Anything else to add?



BJ:I feel that I have a holistic approach with my background, education and experience to be the ideal candidate for Position 2 to help address the needs of the community.










Judy Ann Peterson









JP: Candidate did not provide responses by deadline










Vernice Seriale Jr.



Occupation: self-employed/tax accountant







Why did you choose to run for the position?



VS: I have lived in Alvin ISD since 2004, and from the beginning I have been very active with students, families and community members in the district. I have also been active in the district by sitting on a citizens advisory committee as well as worked in the district as a substitute teacher. My kids attended Alvin ISD Schools, and my wife worked in the district as well. I decided to run for this position because I would like to be a voice for the students, families and community members in the decision-making processes of Alvin ISD.



What is one thing you think Alvin ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year? What is one thing you would like to see changed next year?



VS: I believe Alvin ISD excelled in navigating and communicating through this unprecedented year. For next school year, I would like to see all of our students and staff return to face-to-face learning. My hopes and prayers are that the worst of COVID-19 would be behind us so that students and staff can enjoy a dynamic, safe and healthy learning environment.



What are your priorities for this term, if elected?



VS: If elected my priorities include reliability, accountability and availability. I want to assure that Alvin ISD is reliable for providing a dynamic, safe and healthy learning environment for the students, families, staff and community members in the district. I will hold Alvin ISD accountable for reaching its academic and financial goals. I will ensure that Alvin ISD has the available resources, trainings and facilities to provide an exemplary learning experience for all students.



What can board members do to ensure Alvin ISD students and families from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have equitable access to the resources they need for success?



VS: I believe board members should review and understand the data allowing them to make better decisions to ensure the success of all students in Alvin ISD. I also believe that policies should constantly be reviewed and updated or created to ensure equality and equity in education for all students and stakeholders in the district.



Anything else to add?



VS: I would love the opportunity to represent the families, students and community members of Alvin ISD on the school board as we press forward into a new tomorrow in education. There are three things that you can expect from me. I am reliable, accountable and available.










Cory Scott



Occupation: funeral director


Contact: 409-770-7689





Why did you choose to run for the position?



CS: I chose to run for a trustee position in Alvin ISD because I am committed to the community. I am a local business owner, the father of two who attend AISD schools, and my wife is an educator in the district. It would be an honor to serve my community in this leadership role and work alongside our astounding superintendent and other district leaders as well as current and future board members.



What is one thing you think Alvin ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year? What is one thing you would like to see changed next year?



CS: Given the unprecedented times, the district excelled in the ability to adapt instantly and with resiliency. Administration, teachers, and support staff were forced to “think outside of the box” and adjust the tools in their toolbox in order to meet the needs of all students. In the future, my hope is that more students will return to on-campus learning in order to close the educational learning gaps and in order to focus on the social-emotional balance of those students returning face to face.



What are your priorities for this term, if elected?



CS: If elected as an AISD trustee, my focus is to continue the academic excellence that AISD is known for, to support high-quality staff and to build relationships with community stakeholders and all educational entities. Great schools build a great community, and it is evident why Alvin ISD continues to be voted one of the best school districts and workplaces in the state of Texas.



What can board members do to ensure Alvin ISD students and families from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have equitable access to the resources they need for success?



CS: As a board member, being transparent and maintaining an open form of communication is key. It is also vital to review policies in place to ensure they are aligned to equitable opportunities for all students in each program.



Anything else to add?



CS: Candidate did not provide an answer to this question










Regina Stredic



Occupation: Communities in Schools campus coordinator at Alvin High School


Contact: 832-385-3528





Why did you choose to run for the position?



RS: I am an Alvin native, and I have been serving the students and families of Alvin ISD for 16 years. I want to continue in a different capacity by being a part of the decision-making processes that allow students, community and staff to continue to move toward excellence.



Why did you choose to run for the position?



RS: I am an Alvin native, and I have been serving the students and families of Alvin ISD for 16 years. I want to continue in a different capacity by being a part of the decision-making processes that allow students, community and staff to continue to move toward excellence.



What is one thing you think Alvin ISD excelled at during this unprecedented school year? What is one thing you would like to see changed?



RS: [The district excelled at] getting students back into schools because it gave families some needed essentials: parents were able to go back, and kids were able to get breakfast, lunch and much needed peer interactions. [One thing I would like to see changed is] one-to-one technology.



What are your priorities for term, if elected?



RS: Equity and excellence for all students.



What can board members do to ensure Alvin ISD students and families from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds have equitable access to the resources they need for success?



RS: We can equalize funding across all programs and across the district.



Anything else to add?



RS: Candidate did not provide an answer to this question


By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.