School candidates differ on bond issue

October 19, 2013

Similarities exist between the two men running for Granbury School Board, but there is one stark difference: The candidates do not agree on the bond issue.

Robert Lee Carter, 37, and Joe W. Jones, 45, are running for Place 6 in the Nov. 5 election. Wade Railsback is retiring from the board.

Carter opposes the $85 million school bond issue that voters will settle Nov. 5.

He said he “will be voting against the bond” because of a sluggish economy caused by “dropping property values due to the lake and dropping economic activity, as seen by the drops in sales taxes.”

Carter said he believes the smarter decision is to put off capital spending until the economy improves.

Jones favors the bond issue.

“I am in agreement for any decision that moves our students and Granbury ISD forward in our quest to educate the next generation of leaders,” he said. “I am excited to serve on a board that encourages academic achievement. I believe the passing of the bond will help us reach this goal.”

Joe and his wife Kim have three children and all have received quality education from Granbury ISD, Joe said. His oldest son is graduating from Texas A&M, his middle son attends Blinn College and his daughter is an Acton Middle School student.

Kim is a registered nurse for the school district.

Jones has more than 20 years of experience working in financial and business roles at American Airlines and Citigroup, and is currently working as a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Jones believes the primary goal for GISD is college/career readiness.

“To prepare our students, we need to provide them with the tools to succeed,” he said. “These tools include career and technical education, less crowded classrooms and a safe environment in which to learn.”

The Joneses live in deCordova.

Carter said he thought about running for the school board for many years. He and his wife Jennifer have three children.

“I decided that the time is right,” he said. “I have two school-age children and one more that is two years away. I have a vested interest in the quality of our schools.”

The children attended Granbury ISD, but Jennifer has returned to education and is teaching at a private school where their children now attend.

Carter, an oil and gas landman, said the school’s main goal is to produce generations that can meet the economic challenges facing the community, state and nation.

When asked about his qualifications, Carter said, “The only qualification that matters is a heart to see children educated so that our society and culture is capable of sustaining our way of life over time.”

The Carters live east of Granbury.

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