Lake Houston - Humble - Kingwood Edition | September 2021

CANDIDATE Q&A

Get to know the candidates running in the election

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Incumbent NewCaney ISD trustee, Position 3

NewCaney ISD trustee, Position 4

WENDY ALLEN SHARP

OSCAR RAMIREZ JR.

ANGELA HOFFART TOMPKINS

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment RICKY WARWICK

Occupation: pharmacist Relevant experience: 16 years as a pharmacy manager, four years as a residency director at University of Houston College of Pharmacy,

Occupation: family nurse practitioner Relevant experience: three-year member of the NCISD board of trustees, 10 years teaching at a graduate-

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

three years as Bens Branch Elementary PTO co-president, West Fork High School Mascot/Color Committee member

level family nurse practitioner program, nine years as a school nurse, one year as a high school teacher

What issues do you think need to be addressed in NCISD’s oerings?

What issues do you think need to be addressed in NCISD’s oerings?

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

New Caney ISD is actively working to increase technology oerings to its students. The career and technology education (CATE) program oers certi- cations and job skills to assist students who are not college bound. And rightly so. Not every student would benet from college-level education. I’m excited to see the CATE program grow with more programs to benet our students.

Our current district ratings do not reect the great work that is happening in our schools. [District ocials] need to acknowledge our current standings and come up with a plan to make our academic ratings better. I also feel that we need to implement a system of supports for students who are in danger of falling through the cracks. I would recom- mend [district ocials] create a proactive process that evaluates all of our kids to provide them the individual supports they need to be successful in NCISD.

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

What part(s) of NCISD’s budget is overfunded/underfunded?

What part(s) of NCISD’s budget is overfunded/underfunded?

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

We are working on increasing safety in our district by putting more school safe- ty ocers on campuses. The balanced budget is an important goal for our district, and much thought and planning goes into deciding which programs would most benet the students.

The district’s budget is a great reection of the district’s priorities. The majority of the district’s budget goes directly to investing in our hard-working teachers and dedicat- ed campus support sta that provide our children the great education they deserve. If elected, I would continue to support and advocate for our classrooms being the top priority in the district’s budget.

NewCaney ISD trustee, Position 5

What issues do you think need to be addressed in NCISD’s oerings?

What part(s) of NCISD’s budget is overfunded/ underfunded?

Occupation: gas control manager Relevant experience: Career experience with complex budgeting, long-term phase-based projects, and growth projections DENNIS ALTERS

Due to COVID[-19], I believe there is a decit in the identication of students with disabilities as well as students with learning di- culties. The [Response to Intervention] program needs additional support in the younger grades to help with getting students in the correct programs. I recommend adding additional support to the in- tervention programs. This would allow an additional level of support to the general education teachers.

New Caney ISD has consistently had a balanced budget. While that is a great approach to handling the budget for the district, it can also lead to excessive spending. I think as the district grows and new programs are brought in, there will always be ways to re-evaluate and adjust the budget.

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment

Candidate did not respond to requests for comment CHAD TURNER

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