The Killeen Independent School District could have two new board members come November.
Two seats are up for election Nov. 3. The election was originally scheduled for May 2 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Early voting for the election begins Oct. 13.
Every Sunday prior to the beginning of early voting, the Herald will run a profile of one of the candidates.
This week’s profile features Stan Golaboff, running for Place 4 on the school board.
Name: Stan Golaboff
Occupation: Civil Service
City of residence: Harker Heights
Question and Answer
1. What was your upbringing like, what is your education level, and what brought you to the Killeen area?
My upbringing is similar to the upbringing that over a third of KISD students face every day, that of being a “military brat”. The Army brought my family to Fort Hood in 1977 when I was 9 and we never left. I am a proud graduate of Killeen High (’85) and Texas A&M University (’89), where I received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a commission as a second lieutenant. As a now-retired National Guard colonel, I have been fortunate to be able to raise a family in the in the community I’ve always considered home — KISD.
2. What do you do for a living and how did you get into the field you are in? If you are retired, what did you do?
I am a Title 5 federal civil servant for the Texas Military Department (TMD) in Austin, Texas. I retired from the Texas Army National Guard in January 2017 as a colonel. I am a veteran of both in Iraq (09-10) and Afghanistan (05-06). I have worked full-time for the TMD since 1991 starting at the MATES facility at North Fort Hood. During my time with the TMD, I have been the TXARNG Director of Logistics (2011-2014) and the Human Resource Director (2014-2019). Prior working for TMD, I worked for two years as a reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald (1989-1991).
3. Have you run or served for a public office before? What office was it, and what was the outcome of the election? Why did you decide to run for a seat on the KISD school board?
I ran for KISD School Board Trustee in 2019. I am running again because I’m tired of KISD wasting financial resources, shortchanging employees, ignoring parents and underserving students. It’s wrong that KISD purposefully budgets an average $20M surplus every year.
It’s wrong that employees were denied a 3% raise in 2018 due to a “lack of $2.5M”, yet KISD deposited $30M from that budget into in the strategic fund. It’s wrong that the public has only 3 minutes to talk to the Board. It’s wrong that student performance is below the state average on 4 out of 5 subjects.
4. If elected, what will be your priorities as a school board member?
My main priority will be serving the people of KISD. I do, however, have a few things I would like to see the Board tackle. They are:
a. Restore fiscal sanity to the budget process.
b. Return to 23;1 student/teacher ratio across all grades district wide.
c. Improve Special Education accommodations and performance.
d. Expand public input in School Board meetings.
e. Implement a hybrid of single member and at-large districts for school board places.
f. Establish a written policy for naming future facilities.
g. Develop a strategic facility plan that outlines KISD needs.
5. What do you want voters to know about you on a personal level?
I am married to Michele Golaboff, a West Ward elementary school teacher who has taught there for 29 years. We have four children, three boys and a girl. Noah (25), Zach (23), Ryan (23) are all Harker Heights High School graduates while their sister, Erin (16) is a junior at HHHS. Even though I live in Harker Heights, I’ve always considered myself a child of the Northside of Killeen. I went to school at Fairway and Manor Middle schools and graduated from Killeen High. I am a firm believer in the value of a public-school education.
6. What are your qualifications for a school board seat?
I’m a proven leader and problem solver. I’ve spent a lifetime making tough decisions. I know the issues facing the district and I believe I have solutions that can help. I also know I don’t have all the answers. But I’m a good listener, a quick study and I have a willingness to work. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I think it’s time to stop the insanity and try something different. In my opinion, it’s time to Stan4KISD. I believe I can be the Trustee KISD deserves.