WICHITA FALLS, TX - Two men are competing to take the Place 5 Seat on the Wichita Falls ISD School Board.
Tom Bursey, the incumbent, said the biggest issue the school board is facing is the budget. He wants to help give students the tools they need to make a life for themselves after graduation.
"We want the kids to graduate with a career in mind rather than graduating with enough education to get a job. We want them to be able to get a career," Bursey said.
Herbert Whinery said the district must do more for special needs students.
"Special need students, students with ADHD and autism, Wichita Falls (ISD) is not equipped to deal with this," Whinery said.
Whinery adopted his daughter who he said has special needs.
"I have to look at this child's needs and right now her needs are not being met," he said.
Whinery has worked as a Master Chef on an offshore oil rig and said he may not seem like the typical candidate but he wants to make a difference.
"There is no qualification I see that I have that would qualify me to be on the school board, but I am a parent that is willing to step up and learn," Whinery said.
Bursey said his 22 years in the air force, 5 years as a Delphi plant supervisor and time as a supervisor for the USPS makes him a good fit for the job.
"I think all the knowledge I have gained in those particular areas will help me be a good administrator of the tax money that we get to help possibly build new facilities or update the facilities that we have," Bursey said.
Both want to serve the children, faculty, and staff of the Wichita Falls ISD.
"I hope to accomplish (and) be a part of a team that takes care of our school district and puts our kids first, backs our teachers and gives our teachers the resources and the help they need to get the kids where they need to be," Whinery said.
"I want to be able to continue improving the district by having decent facilities for the kids. I want to see well-qualified teachers, bilingual teachers, minority teachers involved," Bursey said.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6