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Pictured: (left) Pflugerville school board Place 5 trustee Carol Fletcher speaks April 9 during a candidate forum sponsored by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.

(below) Pflugerville school board Place 5 candidate Lance Sandlin speaks April 9 during a forum sponsored by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce.

(UPDATED INFORMATION: April 29)

By Lauri Zachry
Pflag reporter

Place 5 Pflugerville school board incumbent Carol Fletcher and challenger Lance Sandlin said at a recent candidate forum they promise to take care of two of the district’s most valuable assets – children and tax dollars.

Fletcher has served on the board since 2001 and as president from 2006 to 2011. She currently works as the associate director of the Texas Regional Collaboratives at the University of Texas. The program is the largest provider of science and math teacher professional development in Texas, serving over 15,000 teachers in 800 school districts across the state each year, she said. She also taught at Pflugerville Middle School from 1989 to 1995 and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 1995.

“Public education faces so many challenges today,” she said. “From preparing students for a globally competitive world to school security to financing and everything in between, we need to be strategic advocates for what is best for our kids. As a PISD resident of over 20 years and a parent, I want to continue to provide the strong leadership that will be necessary to help our district navigate those challenges. I am always eager to brag on the students and staff of PISD. I consider it an honor to represent our district and advocate for our students and taxpayers.”

Fletcher received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s and doctorate in science education from the University of Texas. She and her husband, Clint, have two sons – Wiley and Ben.

Sandlin has lived in Pflugerville for 18 years. He currently works for Dell and has 22 years of professional experience including manufacturing, sales management and small business ownership.  He also is the vice president and founding board member of the Pflugerville Youth Football and Cheer Association.

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“We’re fully invested in the education of our children and education in this community,” he said. “Our goal is that they are equipped academically to succeed when they leave the school district for whatever they are doing college or careerwise.”

Sandlin received a bachelor of business administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He and his wife, Carol, have four children – Elizabeth, Zachary, Jackson and Aidan.

Fletcher listed some of the district’s accomplishments. For example, the number of high school students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes has increased over the last 10 years. In the past five years, the number of African-American students taking AP tests has tripled while the number of Hispanic students taking the test has doubled.

Fletcher said student enrollment for career and tech classes in Pflugerville has increased over the years along with the number of industry certifications they can receive.

“This is an area where we can make a great difference in students’ lives,” she said. “Every student will need a career once they finish high school.”

Sandlin also agreed with the importance of career and tech classes.

“CTE courses open so many possibilities in a child’s life they didn’t know existed,” he said.

Early voting for the May 11 election begins April 29 and continues through May 7.

Board members serve three-year, staggered terms. Other trustees are: Elva Gladney, president; Cynthia Graves, secretary; Jimmy Don Havins and Rob Reyes.

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