Voters hear from LCISD Board candidates at forum

By Betsy Dolan

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3903 hosted a candidate forum for those on the May ballot for Lamar Consolidated ISD on April 15.

Candidates had five minutes to speak and five minutes for questions from the audience.

Lamar Consolidated ISD

District 1

Karen Mendoza is the incumbent and current Board Vice President. She did not attend the VFW forum but an Fort Bend ISD administrator, Nick Cantu, spoke on her behalf. Cantu said that Mendoza wants to finish what she started two years ago. She wants to do what is best for the district’s students, make sure the district continues to recruit and keep the best teachers and be forward thinking as LCISD continues to grow.

Kathryn (Ms. K) Kaminski has lived in the district all of her life. She has owned the Gingerbread House Day Care Center for 32 years. Kaminski has also worked in the after-school program at three LCISD elementary schools. She wants to see improved school safety, decreased testing and time to allow teachers the freedom to teach. Kaminski is concerned that the LCISD board isn’t listening to the parents, teachers and students.

District 2

Sam Hopkins is not running for re-election. Two candidates are vying for the post.

Kay Danzinger was a teacher for 32 years in LCISD and volunteered for L.E.A.F. when she retired. She wants to make sure that the district is able to keep up with exploding growth by making sure new schools are being built in time to prevent overcrowding. Danzinger wants to make sure teacher salaries are in line with surrounding districts and make sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

Mary Beth Horstman was an educator for 25 years in Alief ISD. She wants to make sure that the board doesn’t talk about students as a group but rather as individuals. Horstman wants to make sure school security is in place, that the district is transparent in their business dealings and to listen to parents and teachers.

District 6

Board President Michael Richard will not seek re-election. Two candidates are running for the District 6 spot.

Norma Cavazos is a business owner in downtown Richmond after being in the radio and television industry for 20 years. She said she has walked the halls of some of the district’s schools and has not liked what she has seen. Cavazos favors increased security in the schools and says teacher commitment needs to be strengthened.

Anna Gonzales is a Rosenberg native. She worked for a number of years developing prevention programs for at-risk children. Gonzales wants to make sure that as the district grows, attention is being paid to providing additional mental health services to students, improving the free and reduced lunch program and working with parents to educate them about how to help their children.

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