BELTON — Three candidates are vying for two spots on the Belton Independent School District school board.
Incumbents Amanda Winkler and Jason Carothers seek re-election to at-large positions. Donald Copeland, CEO and president of Caring for Gods Kids Inc., is the third candidate.
Donald Wayne Copeland
Donald Wayne Copeland, 49, said he wants to make sure the district is technologically sound for students and economically sound for residents.
“I want to make sure we’re economically sound, so we don’t put burdens on the taxpayers,” he said.
Copeland said he founded his charity to help all kids, including underprivileged and at-risk youth. As a board member, he said he wants to make sure every student has the same opportunities for success.
“All kids need a chance, I don’t care whether they’re on this side of the tracks or the other side of the tracks,” he said. “If they have a problem, then let’s find a way to solve that problem and get them opportunities that other kids have.”
Board member at-large Jason Carothers, 43, said his experience as owner of Carothers Executive Homes gives him business-related insight into decisions the board makes as the district works to keep up with population growth in Belton.
Carothers said most new board members spend the first two years of their three-year term learning the ins and outs of the district.
“There’s a huge learning curve when you start being a board member,” Carothers said. “It really takes more than one term to understand because there’s so much stuff with the budget being very large, just with everything from curriculum to budget to growth. I’m lucky to be ... part of an environment that’s a district that everyone wants to be involved with.”
Board member at-large Amanda Winkler, 31, said serving on the school board is an important way to give back to her community.
“I specifically am running again to continue to support the development and growth of our district,” said Winkler, who is owner and director of the A+ Learning Preschool in Temple. “I am on the board to support the children who don’t have a voice and to be there to ask questions and to follow through with things that the district is implementing.”
Winkler said it’s been an honor and privilege serving on the board and she looks forward to continuing that service. “I appreciate Belton ISD and the direction we’re headed.”