With several community members running for seats on the Bullard Independent School District’s Board of Trustees in the upcoming Saturday, May 5 election, one face familiar to many in the city of Bullard will not have to campaign, after having won his seat back by running uncontested.
Jason Campbell, the current Place 5 trustee on the school district’s governing body, as well as current board vice president, was the only candidate to submit paperwork to run for the seat before the filing deadline.
“To be a part of the school board, helping to drive the district, along with our superintendent, Todd Schneider, it is an honor and privilege I do not take lightly,” said Campbell. “I am humbled and grateful to begin a second term in Place 5.”
Campbell first took his Place 5 seat during the 2015 Bullard ISD Board of Trustees election, running then against current board member Cory Zahirniak, winning the seat by a margin of 56.43 percent to 43.57 percent, or 553 votes to 427 votes.
Looking back after his first three-year term on the school board, Campbell said he’s had a first-hand glimpse of what the district has been able to achieve.
“After my first term as a Bullard ISD Trustee, I look back and one thing is glaringly obvious: BISD is a blessed district in so many ways,” said Campbell. “Besides seeing it before our very eyes, as board members, we all interact and see so many other trustees and their respective districts from all over Texas at trainings, such as SLI Trainings. When you see what other districts are doing and what BISD has already has done and has already implemented for the future, our district is definitely a leader in the state.”
Campbell said he has learned a lot while on the job over the past three years, saying that serving as a board member is more than just attending the monthly school board meeting.
“I have learned there is so much involved in being a trustee,” said Campbell. “It’s not just having to go to one meeting a month for a couple hours. You learn quickly when you become a trustee; there is a lot to learn and it can’t be done overnight. It’s not until the middle of the first term that a trustee can completely understand what it takes to perform this job in the capacity it requires. In a second term, you can be very valuable to the board and district; that’s why I feel confident in seeking to serve another term.”
During his first term, Campbell credited several current and former members of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees with helping him learn what it takes to help run a school district.
“There has been so much I have learned of the ins and outs of school business -- staff requirements, student involvements, what it takes to run a district this size, parents, community, and so much more,” said Campbell. “I have learned a great deal from Tony Johnson, Dr. John Alexander, and Karen Padrucco with their years of experience as board members, as well as Mr. Schneider with his years of experience. I am grateful to each of them for their service, knowledge, care, and love for this district.”
Owner and president of Campbell Custom Homes in Bullard, Campbell is a 1987 graduate of Bullard High School. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, a lifelong Bullard resident and BHS Class of 1988 herself, for 28 years. They have two children: Sarah and Katie.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bullard Banner News Place 5 for Bullard ISD Board of Trustees story is a part of a series of stories profiling candidates for the upcoming Saturday, May 5 general election. All candidates are asked the same six questions, with their responses limited to 100 words. For more answers from candidates, visit the story online: www.bullardnews.com