Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rick Walker/Board race 2007

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March 15, 2007

Rick Walker, a De Soto native who has a son at De Soto High School, is a 1979 DHS graduate. He is a civil engineer for TranSystems Corporations. He is active in the De Soto Baptist Church. Walker served two four-year terms on the school board. He said he originally ran for the position to fulfill his civic pride.

"It was initially spurred when I went to a few meetings because there was a busing issue and I got interested, so I ran in the next election," he said.

Rick Walker

Rick Walker

Walker said he was pleased with the progress of the De Soto school district during his time as board member.

"I think we've been fairly successful trying to keep the focus of the board on student achievement and not getting too involved in distractions," he said. "The primary reason we're there is to do the best we can for the students in our district."

Walker and Thierer said De Soto's next bond referendum was just around the corner with the extreme growth experienced in every part of the district. Both agreed that adding on to high schools would be preferable to spending money on a third high school.

Walker said he wasn't sure exactly what defeated the 2006 bond issue.

"Maybe we just had too much in there," he said. "The additions to the high schools seemed to be the direction a lot of folks in the district want to go."

Walker said the board would likely tackle the bond issue after making a decision on boundaries.

Board members are not paid for their time. They typically spend several hours outside of board meetings researching their next vote and communicating with administration, staff and community members.

"They also need to have a very thick skin because 50 percent of the people who talk to you won't agree with you and the other 50 percent aren't sure you're right," Thierer said.

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