By Hayley Kappes
Killeen Daily Herald
Salado Independent School District's board at-large incumbent Miriam Ervi made it four in a row.
Ervi narrowly defeated candidate Michael McDougal by 28 votes for one of two at-large positions Saturday, making it her fourth term on the SISD board.
Jim Reed was the other candidate elected to the board with 452 votes. Ervi received 391, McDougal received 363 and Michael Apodaca received 118.
Ervi, 46, owns Candy Corner in the Temple and Killeen malls, and has lived in Salado for 20 years. Ervi has served on the school board for the past nine years.
She said her re-election was a humbling honor, and working on the school board is her way of giving back to the community.
"It's time to roll up our sleeves, and get to work," Ervi said Saturday evening. "We have a new superintendent, a lot of changes to the district, and we need to buckle down and work hard to achieve the goals set out in long-range planning committee."
She said SISD's biggest issue the district faces every year is attracting and retaining good teachers.
"We need to be in the mode of constantly recruiting and taking care of teachers we have on staff now, potentially offering stipends for hard-to-fill areas such as math, science and English," Ervi said. "We also need to make sure we plan to post vacancies early in the spring, so we have a large pool to choose from for the next school year."
Reed, 46, is the executive director of the Central Texas Council of Governments. He has lived in Salado for six years.
"I'm very grateful for the people who have placed their trust in me," Reed said as he celebrated with his family Saturday evening. "Being a planner by trade, I'm very excited about the opportunity in front of Salado schools, with the new high schools and facilities."
Reed said there is discussion of Salado High moving into 3A division of the University Interscholastic League, but it is uncertain whether the move will come to fruition.
Reed said he is eager to work with SISD's master facilities plan, which outlines what facilities are needed over time. Improvements include the high school's athletic facilities and a performing arts center.
"I will take a look at how to best sequence those improvements, so they are the most cost-effective way with the least impact on taxpayers."
Reed was most recently on SISD's site-based committee, which works with the superintendent, campus leaders and principals to help the district determine their calendar.
He also previously worked with the school board on population projections and attendance zones.
McDougal, 67, is a retired school administrator and Army major general. McDougal worked as a school administrator in Texas for 31 years and lived in Salado for three years.
Apodaca, 48, is a civilian employee for Operational Test Command on Fort Hood and has lived in Salado for two years.