The Index asked Mineral Wells ISD candidates for Place 4, incumbent Scott Aaron and challenger Paul Harrison, 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.
Paul Harrison, 33, graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1999. He works for Baker Hughes Incorporated as a senior equipment operator. His daughter, Journey Harrison, is a first-grader at Lamar Elementary. Harrison is an active member of Mineral Wells Church of God working in media. I have worked with Mineral Wells ISD for about five years.
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: MWISD is our future in Mineral Wells. I believe that our community shares the same high level of commitment and vision for our schools. We can strengthen by listening to our teachers and staff with their concerns and work as team member within the board.
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: If elected, I would keep the CSCOPE curriculum intact within the ISD. We would try to do more research to have tougher classes for High School and provide more opportunities with developing more classes with area colleges and workplaces within our community. Most importantly all students need to be ready whether they are going to college or not.