Aurturo Jackson elected to SMSD Board of Trustees
By Karen Daniels
After the voting polls were closed and the ballots were counted, the three winners for Stafford MSD Board of Trustees’ election were the two incumbents running for re-election, Greg Holsapple and Ed Castillo, as well as newcomer Aurturo Jackson – though he’s not really a newcomer, but a dedicated, long time resident of Stafford.
“To whom much is given, much is required.” Mr. Jackson believes in service. He is the Senior Director of Customer Care and Customized Services with Metro and has worked for them since 1989. He also serves as president of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Stafford and serves on a Parents Advisory Group at Stafford Intermediate School. He has said that in the next five years that SMSD must have a solid curriculum in place and wants teachers and administrators to seek out SMSD as a leading school system. In the next 10 years he wants the district to be viewed as one of the leading schools in the region. “It is exciting to develop and implement a quality curriculum to match the excellent facilities being constructed.”
Mr. Jackson views the role of a board member as someone who works with the Superintendant and administration, as well as with elected officials. He feels that students, parents, and teachers all have a voice. And lastly, he hopes to foster a better relationship with the business community.
Superintendant Dr. Lance Hindt says “I am looking forward to working with newly elected trustee Auturo Jackson and continuing to work with incumbents Greg Holsapple and Ed Castillo. Both Mr. Holsapple and Mr. Castillo have been instrumental in the district’s pursuit to physically and instructionally transform the district as a result of the passage of the 2011 $49.9 million bond. Mr. Jackson was very involved in the district’s Strategic Vision Planning process prior to the bonds’ passage and also chairs the City of Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission. He will be an asset to an already strong school board.”
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