Q&A: Get to know the candidates running for Klein ISD board of trustees Position 5

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 was Oct. 4.









Ronnie K. Anderson*



Occupation: commercial insurance broker


Experience: My relevant experience covers a youth-focused spectrum of 12 years as an incumbent for KISD as well as a youth ministry leader for over 25 years, youth coach and mentor for over 15 years, and 20 years serving in a leadership role benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation, Gulf Coast Chapter. In addition to my commitment to serving, I have [worked] with three superintendents, while recently accomplishing the adoption of our lowest tax rate in 11 years, having the forethought in 2019 to pass local policy banning critical race theory teaching methodologies, helping KISD achieve National School District of the Year, and finally incentivizing our employees with aggressive raises and retention bonuses.


Campaign Website: https://ronnie4kisd.com/
Contact: N/A




Why are you running for the KISD board of trustees?



RKA: I am running for re-election to my current position to preserve the integrity and conservative values of our school districts. As a product of KISD and resident for over 47 years, I am deeply invested and accountable to these 54,000 students, 7,000 employees and 225,000 residents.



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



RKA: I support this mission by promising every student who walks through the doors of one of our amazing schools, to one day graduate with the promise to a college or career-ready path.



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



RKA: One of the most significant challenges facing KISD is the ever-changing state funding mechanisms. It takes countless hours of hard work to navigate these budgetary requirements with the highest level of integrity and stewardship we exhibit as a board. Another significant challenge is being certain factual information is shared with the community so that misinformation can be repudiated expeditiously. KISD is a thriving district and continuing on a path to even greater excellence. It is important that false information be dispelled.











Kristin J. Cobb



Occupation: Klein ISD business owner


Experience: I have been a mom with children in this district for the past 16 years, have run a business in this district for eight of those years and volunteer extensively within the community. My educational background includes a JM from Liberty University School of Law where I graduated with high distinction, a BS in organizational leadership with a focus on emergency management from the University of Houston where I graduated with a 4.0 and an AS in paramedic technology from Lone Star College, which allowed me to serve the district as a first responder.


Contact: N/A




Why are you running for the KISD board of trustees?



KJC: I'm running for KiSD board to give support to both teachers and students while creating an environment that is more inclusive of the community. As a mom in KISD, I want to know that educating my children in subjects like reading, writing and math is a priority. Instead, I see the board and administration hyper-focusing on race, recommending books like "White Fragility," passing an equity resolution during the pandemic, while teachers are feeling silenced.



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



KJC: Students and parents should trust the district to ensure child safety while providing valuable education for each student. To support this, the administration must maintain pathways offered to students. Recent failures caused seniors to lose their certified nursing assistant pathway after four years of work; this could have been avoided. Resources should be redirected toward achievement due to the academic loss of 2020. Anti-bullying resources should support all children; the Anti-Defamation League's program has no place in Klein [ISD].



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



KJC: Significant challenges include overspending in areas unrelated to district goals, lack of parent and community outreach, and over-prioritization of district success measurements leading to student failure. A committee of community members can assure expenditures further district goals. Simply sending an email to parents when school board meetings occur would increase involvement. Public forums enhance community outreach. The board should stop voting failing teens through graduation that cannot pass State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness despite damage to school ratings.



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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