Texoma Votes 2016: 3 men battling for the Place 4 Seat on WFISD Board

Texoma Votes 2016: 3 men battling for the Place 4 Seat on WFISD Board

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Three men are running for the Place 4 Seat on the Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees.

Dale Harvey, Dustin Nimz, and Shane Smith all have a difference of opinion when it comes to the biggest issue the school district is facing.

"Right now the biggest issue facing the WFISD are our under performing three schools; Burgess, Kirby and Booker T. Washington," Harvey said. 
Smith said the biggest issue is vision.

"I think the cornerstone of what anyone trying to accomplish something great is first you have to set a vision," Smith said.

Nimz thinks the biggest issues is more simple.

"Right now it's our ability to communicate with educators, community members (and) parents," Nimz said.

Harvey, the incumbent, has been serving on the school board for the last four years and is currently serving as the board president.

"My two competitors have no experience on the school board. That's fine. I didn't either when I started. I'm not necessarily criticizing them for that. I am saying that experience is even more important now going forward. Now that we're in this situation I think experience is paramount," Harvey said.

All three men are native Wichitans and their children attend or have attended WFISD schools.

Smith said his community involvement in programs like CASA, the Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association, and Young Life makes him a good choice.

"I think that gives us a really unique perspective," Smith said.

Nimz said his career as an attorney gives him the skills he needs to serve on the school board.

"My job is to talk to people all day. I'm a real open and transparent person in my business and in my personal life and I really want to carry that forward onto the board," Nimz said.

All said as an individual they can accomplish nothing, but being part of a team of a team that moves the district forward is something they all want to be a part of.

"We really need to get into a situation where we have a board that the people trust and feel comfortable moving forward with things like facilities and making sure that we have the ability to have those features here," Nimz said.

Smith wants to leave a legacy behind.

"The end goal is to create something that we can hand off to the next set of trustees," he said.

Harvey wants to continue with the work he has already done.

"As a group, I would like to see us address these schools that are struggling. Also, I would like us to articulate a long-term facilities plan that I think the public wants and deserves to see," he said.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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