Voters on Saturday agreed to give new terms to incumbents running for reelection to school boards in Bexar County, but turned away several former trustees seeking their old seats.
The only exception was in Southside Independent School District, where incumbent trustees had been removed from power by a state takeover. The ones who ran again this year were defeated.
Incumbent Renée Paschall kept her seat on the board of Judson Independent School District, taking 55 percent of the vote to beat challenger Thomas “Tom” England in the race for the at-large District 6 seat. Both are retired Judson teachers and former city council members — Paschall, 64, in Converse and England, 66, in Universal City.
“My top priority is still going to be how we are going to manage getting out of this deficit,” Paschall said. “That’s really going to be a major concern.” Judson is facing a $13 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year, which could climb to $19 million next year, district officials have said.
In a four-way race for District 7, attorney Lynette Perez won with 34 percent of the vote. Willie J. Black Jr., a professor at the University of Houston-Victoria, had 27 percent, followed by Christophor Galloway, an administrator in Floresville ISD, with almost 27 percent, and retired Judson administrator Walter Harchut with 12 percent. Black, 43, Galloway, 41, and Harchut, 70, are all former Judson ISD employees.
Perez, 55, a former elected official in Las Vegas, was the only candidate on the ballot who is not a current or former educator, though she previously coached Judson’s mock trial team.
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