Voters elect Dunham to Georgetown ISD board of trustees

Updated: 9:25 p.m.

With 29 of 30 precincts reporting, voters elected Melanie Dunham to Place 5 of the Georgetown ISD board of trustees, according to unofficial results.

Dunham took 75.40 percent of the vote with 2,881 votes. Opponent Francis Jackson took 24.60 percent of the vote with 940 votes.

"I am really excited about the election results," Dunham told Community Impact Newspaper. "I am really looking forward to working for the students of Georgetown ISD. We have a superintendent search kicking off and I am ready to get to work."

She added that was honored by the support she received, calling it encouraging and inspiring.

Posted: 7 p.m.

Melanie Dunham is in the lead with 74.94 percent of the vote in the Georgetown ISD board of trustees Place 5 election, according to unofficial early voting results.

Dunham is leading with 2,213 votes over opponent Francis Jackson, who has 740 votes.

Dunham, an editor with Austin Family Magazine and copywriter with The Boot Campaign, said her biggest priority was making sure GISD was competitive in the education landscape.

"We have a lot of different [charter, private and home schools] that pull our students out of GISD public schools," she said. "There are a lot of reasons why kids don't attend these public schools, but what I would like to do is make sure we are offering the programs and the types of educational opportunities that those families who are not getting their needs met [would be] able to realize [by attending Georgetown schools]."

Opponent Francis Jackson, a retired GISD teacher, said he had several priorities, including teacher pay raises, single member districts for trustees and a better top-down review for senior administration jobs.

"I want to do a top-down review of all those senior administration jobs to identify those positions that need to be expand(ed) review which ones are balanced, and which ones we could consolidate and eliminate," he said.

By Joe Olivieri
Joe covered Southwest Austin news for Community Impact Newspaper from January 2011 to April 2015. His reporting focused on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. He was named the paper's managing editor in April 2015. Joe hails from New Jersey.


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