A total of two seats on the Bullard Independent School District’s Board of Trustees were filled with new school board members, while an incumbent on the governing body claimed his seat for a new term, during the regular scheduled May school board meeting.
Sworn in to service by Ashlee Jones, Bullard ISD Superintendent’s Secretary, were first-term school board members Brent Bishop (Place 3) and Stephanie Luper (Place 4), as well as incumbent Jason Campbell (Place 5), who ran unopposed for his second term.
According to unofficial results posted on the Smith County Elections website, Bishop was declared the winner of the Place 3 seat, collecting a total of 287 votes, or 48.07 percent of the vote, including 142 early votes, 42 mailed in votes, and 103 votes cast on Election Day.
Bishop graduated from Gilmer High School in 1994, and attended Rice University in Houston, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1998.
Currently, he serves as a project manager with WRL General Contractors, a position he has worked in since 2011.
Bishop is married to his wife, Sheri, of 15 years, and has two children: Beck and Kinsey.
“My number one focus has been, currently is, and will be to continue the great work that Dr. John Alexander started as a board member,” said Bishop. “The board has made a lot of tough decisions, but their number one goal has been to do what’s best for Bullard ISD. My focus all along has been to do what’s best for everyone -- students, teachers, parents, and tax payers.”
Other candidates receiving votes in the Place 3 Bullard ISD School Board election included Susie Turner Saxion, with a total of 188 votes (79 early votes, 35 mailed-in votes, 74 votes on Election Day – 31.49 percent), and Jeff Bragg, with a total of 122 votes (52 early votes, 25 mailed-in votes, 45 Election Day votes – 20.44 percent).
In the Place 4 race, Luper was declared the winner of the seat with a total of 247 votes or 39.02 percent of the vote, including 115 early votes, 45 mailed-in votes, and 87 Election Day votes.
Luper graduated from Central Bucks High School East, located in Buckingham, Penn., in 1986. She then attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1990, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in elementary education and education of the deaf and hard of hearing, while also achieving post-Baccalaureate studies in early childhood education with a concentration in language development and linguistics.
She currently serves as a substitute teacher for the Deaf Education program in Tyler ISD and is involved with various organizations and ministries.
Luper is married to her husband, John, of 26 years, and has three children, with her youngest, Josh, attending Bullard High School.
“My main focus as a new school board member will be to orient myself with all of the workings currently going on within the school board,” said Luper. “I want to get my feet solidly planted on the ground and get my training completed while absorbing all the knowledge I can.”
Other candidates in the Place 4 race receiving votes in the May election included Shane Pyle, with a total of 187 votes (109 early votes, 16 mailed-in votes, 62 Election Day votes – 29.54 percent), Michael Roy, with a total of 166 votes (60 early votes, 26 mailed-in votes, 80 votes on Election Day – 26.22 percent), and Steve Adams, with a total of 33 votes (10 early votes, 16 mailed-in votes, seven Election Day votes – 5.08 percent).
Campbell was the lone incumbent on the ballot for the Place 5 seat on the Bullard ISD school board, earning his second term as a trustee by receiving a total of 539 votes (241 early votes, 93 mailed-in votes, 205 votes on Election Day – 100 percent).
He is a 1987 graduate of Bullard High School and the owner and president of Campbell Custom Homes in Bullard.
Campbell 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.
“I’m looking forward to serving with the two new candidates that won their seats in the election,” said Campbell. “Being that I’m just now finishing up my first term on the board, I know how it is when you come on the board and all that you have to learn. I’m anxious to assist with the current members in helping the new members on all of the ‘first-times’ that are coming for them. With all we’ve put into place in the past few years as a school board, I’m anxious to see this district continue to grow and move forward. Everything we do is about our kids.”
All three candidates winning seats in the May Bullard ISD school board election were seated on the Board of Trustees after reciting the Oath of Office and being sworn into service.
After the swearing in, members of the Bullard ISD school board voted to reshape the governing body’s officer team, electing Campbell as president, Place 1 member Tony Johnson as vice president, and Place 6 member Jon Jacobs as secretary.