The Index asked Mineral Wells ISD candidates for Place 5, incumbent Mike Tincher and challenger Sunny Gail Lee, five questions to help voters decide which candidate to support. They were asked to limit their responses to 300 words per question.
Election day voting is Saturday, May 11, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All MWISD and City of Mineral Wells elections take place at the Palo Pinto County Annex/Poston Building, located at 107 North Oak Ave. in Mineral Wells.
Age 51, self-employed contractor/owner of Tincher's Custom Homes. Married to Julie for 19 years. Children: Sterling, 28, who attended Mineral Wells ISD schools; Matthew, 18, a senior at Mineral Wells High School; and Luke, 15, a freshman at the high school.
Q: What is the importance of Mineral Wells ISD to this community and what can a school board trustee do to strengthen the district's functionality?
A: To give the children of this community the best education possible so they can become successful in life. As you know, a school board member's duties, by law, are to hire the superintendent, set policy and approve the budget. To hire the right superintendent so that she/he can fill the positions of our district that best suit the schools and students of this community.
Q: Student academic achievement is always an issue, especially in light of the new STAAR tests and state measuring system. What would you do, if elected, to ensure the district improves in academics and raises the bar enough so students are prepared for college, work and a successful life?
A: As a school board trustee, our job is to make sure that the kids have all the tools they need to do the best on their mandated tests. Continue to improve our technology so that they are ready for whatever the state throws at them next.