Q&A: Get to know the candidates running for Klein ISD board of trustees Position 3

Twelve candidates are competing for one of four Klein ISD board of trustees positions up for election this fall, including three incumbents. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Twelve candidates are competing for one of four Klein ISD board of trustees positions up for election this fall, including three incumbents. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Twelve candidates are competing for one of four Klein ISD board of trustees positions up for election this fall, including three incumbents. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Twelve candidates are competing for one of four Klein ISD board of trustees positions up for election this fall, including three incumbents.

This year, KISD will hold a general election for Position 3, held by Chris "CT" Todd; Position 4, held by Julie Benes; and Position 5, held by Ronnie K. Anderson. A general election will also be held for the remaining term of Position 2, held by Doug James.


The election will be held Nov. 2 after an early voting period from Oct. 18-29. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 4.









Natalie Pilkinton



Occupation: Realtor/investor/business owner


Experience: I worked for Lifestyles Unlimited and grew them from one office to nationwide. Handling contracts, expos, charity events, affiliates, vendor relations and so much more.


Contact: 832-863-3468




Why are you running for the KISD board of trustees?



NP: I want to ensure that parents remain in control of their child's health and well-being. I have a concern about our kids' mental health and the background noise. By background noise, I mean the discussion of sex, race, pronouns and more. We need to get back to basics and educate our kids on reading, writing and arithmetic. Our kids are not learning and are falling behind.



What does the district's motto "Promise to Purpose" mean to you, and how would you support that mission?



NP: The district is failing at making sure our kids are getting the proper education. In Klein Oak [High School], a senior spoke at the board meeting about her certified nursing assistant pathway being taken away her senior year. The district didn't offer another school for the students on the CNA path to go to. They just acted like it didn't matter, finishing another plan is what they are told. Many like her have been dropped and abandoned by the district. I have other stories where kids within the district aren't getting the education they needed. They are falling further and further behind. "Promise to Purpose" sounds good in theory, but it's not what is happening.



What are the most significant challenges facing KISD, and how would you address them?



NP: Too many things going on in the background. Agenda-based leaning influenced by the district leaders in cultural responsive training. If you would like a copy, email me [at] [email protected] [and] I will get it for you. The suggested reading list is very concerning. I am also concerned about the budget. We need to really get in and see what training the district is sending our teachers to. We need more transparency. Community accessibility to the board. Not just an email, but actual dialog and communication. If you attend a board meeting, you get two minutes to speak with no response from the board members. All voting and discussions go on behind closed doors, and they all vote the same with no dissent. I want to have open community town halls once a quarter. I would like to have a community/parental board to review the budget and contracts. In addition, I would also like to have a community/parental board to help review the books/education paths we adopt. I have also heard of a lot of teachers getting passed over for promotions and outside people being brought in to fill higher roles. I am all for the best candidate; however, we should be looking in our district as well. Teachers need all the support they can get. That is not happening. Our kids need to be held to a higher standard to get the results we are looking for. It's the kids' responsibility to learn the information the teachers are teaching. Together, as a great community, we can be better than the award-winning 50% reading, 42% in math and 36% in writing.











Chris Todd*



Occupation: pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church


Experience: I'm from a family of educators; my father is a retired principal; my mother taught for 50 years; and my grandfather was a superintendent. I've studied public education from the front row my entire life. Additionally, as a pastor, I'm charged to love and care for all people; this compassion for all people and strong leadership skills equips me to continue to lead KISD as trustee Position 3.


Campaign Website: www.ct4kisd.com
Contact: 346-702-4747




Why are you running for the KISD board of trustees?



CT: Serving our community, educators and students of KISD is a moral mandate for me. Children have one opportunity for quality education. We must serve them (and, through that, our community) without agenda in a responsible and educated manner to ensure every student gets that education. I've lived in the community for almost 50 years, and I believe it's essential to continue to support the solid conservative values and biblical worldview I learned here.



What does the district's motto "Promise to Purpose" mean to you, and how would you support that mission?



CT: We have 53,000 students from countless environments. "Promise to Purpose" means that every student, regardless of their circumstances, has an opportunity for quality education. In turn, that "Promise" can then turn into a "Purpose" for their life. Their purpose can be anything:from a cosmetologist (like my daughter) to military service to one of our professional certifications to moving onto higher education. Regardless of the path, "Promise to Purpose" means all 53,000 KISD students are quipped to succeed in their "next."



What are the most significant challenges facing the school district, and how would you address them?



CT: There is a litany of challenges in front of us, from ever-changing funding models or pressures to dissolve public education to an ever-divided world that pits children against political gain. These all need to be addressed, but clearly, the most signifiant challenge facing us this season is the considerable learning loss resulting from COVID[-19]. KISD students lost less than our surrounding districts, but we have significant work to do—this is our greatest immediate challenge. It will take a concerted effort from the district, community and state, but we will overcome this hurdle.



By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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