With the upcoming election for three seats on the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees, one of Bullard’s well-known business owners will seek reelection to his Place 3 seat.
Dr. John Alexander, owner of Our Family Vet, formerly Bullard Veterinary Medical Center, has filed the necessary paperwork at the Bullard ISD administration office to run as the Place 3 incumbent in the Saturday, May 6 general election.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to run for school board again,” said Alexander. “I highly respect our positions on the Board of Trustees. To me, this is one of the most important positions politically at the grass roots level to where you can have a positive influence on a lot of families and the future of our state and nation. I’m very proud to serve on the board of trustees and look forward to running again.”
Alexander said he believes the race for the Place 3 position will be his last, having previously served for a total of nine years, including tenures as the board’s vice president and president, a position he currently serves in.
“I do think the time is ahead,” said Alexander. “I believe that my experience will help to transition the present board into the future. There’s a big wave of new families that are moving to the district. I feel I can help to bridge the gap between what we have now and what we will have in the future. I had a lot of people ask me to run one more time. I enjoy serving, but I know there’s a time that all of us need to step back. I believe Tony, the other incumbent this year, and myself are good transitions for the future. I’m very proud of my service on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees, as well as board members I’ve served with in the past.”
According to Alexander, the district has changed since his first term on the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees 12 years ago, having grown out of a rural school district into a district with high levels of growth.
“It is a different district,” said Alexander. “I’ve had a son, as well as a daughter with special needs, go through the system at Bullard ISD. I’ve been fortunate enough to see both the special education side and regular side. There’s no doubt we were a rural small town America school district back then. Now, the city of Bullard has grown by leaps and bounds and our enrollment numbers at Bullard ISD are up. The expectations of parents are very high, which is expected because of our district motto, Excellence Through Education. There’s always room for improvement, but I believe we are doing a good job across the board.”
When asked about how the Bullard ISD 2015 bond package has impacted the district, Alexander said the project brought about needed improvements to all campuses, especially in terms of growth.
“It brought needed improvements,” said Alexander. “The studies allowed us for approximately eight years to grow. Currently, we are in that first year, which is always the hardest because it’s the most emptiest in regards to seats in the new facilities. It won’t take long for those seats to begin filling up. When you have people moving into our district because of its reputation, it definitely makes us proud. We’re maxed out on our taxes, but that’s part of being a bedroom community; we don’t have the industry to support it. However, when a high tax school district continues to see growth live we’ve seen, that’s a heck of a reputation to have.”
Alexander also cited the new level of security brought to Bullard ISD through the district’s bond package and other recent board decisions, such as limited the number of access points on each campus and
“Through strategic construction and architecture, we have minimized points of entry at all campuses,” said Alexander. “The bond really helped secure the intermediate campus in particular. The time when that campus was built is certainly different than the volatile times we live in today. We also recently approved a new security system in January that will help us secure our students. Security is an ongoing daily job for our administration. Once we get the new security levels in will improve district security and safety.”
Alexander said he believes the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees made the right call when hiring Superintendent Todd Schneider in January 2015, allowing Schneider to instill a new level of organization to the district.
“I feel very strongly that Todd Schneider is the right person for the right time, both for Bullard ISD and also for him, as a superintendent,” said Alexander. “I firmly believe that life is about timing. He has brought in an accountability factor and an expectation factor that is centered around the belief that the children of this district come first. He looks at decisions from top to bottom and thinks about how it will benefit the students of this district first and foremost. That’s exactly what I want to be a part of. The board members who were a part of hiring Mr. Schneider made the right decision. He has worked well and been up front with the board and provided a good level of communication. There’s no doubt he has been a needed personality at a time of transition.
Throughout his time as a Bullard ISD Board of Trustee, Alexander said he is proud of the board’s new district goals for the next year.
“This is the first time that the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees have diligently spent the time that’s required of us to actually lay out district goals for the next year,” said Alexander. “I’m very proud of my fellow board members for their willingness to map out the blueprint for our district currently and in the future. It’s taken a lot of work by the seven of us, but I believe the district’s future is bright and these goals are achievable for Bullard ISD. We are committed to make this district a lighthouse district in East Texas, which requires a strong foundation. With Mr. Schneider taking the goals and enacting the plan to achieve them, Bullard ISD has a bright future ahead of it.”
When asked why voters should select his name on Election Day, Alexander said he hopes to lead by experience, and also offer his experience to future board members.
“I am a passionate sentinel for helping our students succeed,“ said Alexander. People who have known me for a long time know my passion and my experience. They know where I’ll stand when the going gets tough. I’m proud of that being my philosophy and a part of who I am. If voters are looking for someone to be complacent, I’m not the right candidate for them. We are in a huge transitional phase, both Bullard ISD and the city of Bullard. I also want to be able to be a mentor to those who are considering running for school board in the future.”
A graduate of Carthage High School in 1986, Alexander attended Palona Junior College, then transferred to Texas A&M University in College Station, where he received a Bachelor degree in Animal Science 1990. He also received a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1997. He currently owns the Our Family Vet organization, which has veterinary medical centers in Bullard, Tyler, and Jacksonville.
Alexander married his wife, Misty, in 1993, and has two children: Miranda, and Jody.