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Meet the Candidates: Prosper ISD School Board Trustee, Place 3

Meet the Candidates: Prosper ISD School Board Trustee, Place 3

Kelly Cavender

Prosper School Board Trustee Candidate, Place 3

My name is Kelly Cavender and I am running for Prosper School Board Trustee for Place 3. The main reason I am running for school board is a way to give back to the community and to ensure continuing pride in our schools. As I’ve watched my two children progress through the Prosper School District, I have been extremely impressed with the School District and wanted to do my part to keep the Prosper School District strong.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and minor in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. I am employed by InterBank as a Senior Vice President and oversee commercial lending in our Dallas Office. I also served 11 years as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the next 6 years the growth that Prosper ISD experiences will be tremendous. Currently there are approximately 14,600 students enrolled in the ISD. It is projected by 2025 we will more than double in size. To meet this demanding growth, Prosper ISD will be asking voters to approve a $1.337 Billion bond package on May 4th. The bond package will help build 9-10 elementary schools, 4-5 middle schools and 2 new high schools. It will also include funds for a new administration building, a performing arts center/support service building, a second Natatorium and new buses to accommodate the growth. I was honored to be asked to sit on the initial bond action team that provided the initial planning for the bond issue.

Our future generations depend on leaders who have a vision to make sure they are not only receiving a great education but also becoming a successful member of society. We need to make sure that we continue to put our children’s education and safety first and not personal agendas before students’ best interests. I feel the school board must maintain its focus and continue its path of making sure Prosper ISD remains a top rate school that all can be proud of. 

Kelly Cavender, PISD School Board Trustee Candidate, Place 3

Jeremy Sandusky

Prosper School Board Trustee Candidate, Place 3

My name is Jeremy Sandusky and I am running for the Prosper ISD (PISD) School Board Trustee Place 3. If elected, I will represent the students, families and educational staff within our district, as well as our community members as a whole.

There are a vast array of needs and desires within our district. As a Board Trustee, it is my goal to be your representing voice. I will stand up for the gifted and talented, for those requiring individualized educational plans or special needs programs, and for every student, parent, faculty member, and community member. I will advocate for all levels of educational needs and work to guide the Board’s attention to changes that are needed to improve our school district and community. I will serve you and your family with the same diligence and consideration I give my own family.

Our district is growing at a very rapid rate. I want to be the voice that facilitates bridging gaps with as minimal disruption as possible. Students and families form communities within our community that are a source of support, comfort, and security. Constant movement between new schools opening, splitting neighborhoods and only offering limited specialized classes on few campuses causes unrest. Calculated boundary planning is a priority of mine for the growth to allow community planning. If approved, the bond will provide resources for new transportation options, however students should be on routes that are quick, efficient, and using safe traffic patterns closest to their home residences. 

With technology advancements and more access than ever to social media, safety and security is also an extreme priority. The district and community should be in constant conversations on training, practicing, and collaborating all types of protocols from safely dropping off and picking up students in the carpool line, to visitors allowed on campuses additionally responding to bullying and substance abuse. The degree of additional training that is provided to paraprofessionals, administrative staff, substitutes, and campus volunteers all entrusted with our students, should be clearly defined, easily understood, and accessible for review.

I want PISD to be a place where every student matters. I want you to feel like you are not only heard but have a voice in your student’s future. I will consider it a great honor to serve you and our community as an elected Board Trustee. I will listen, advocate, and be a voice for you upon election.  I would greatly appreciate your vote and look forward to working with you and the other PISD Board Trustees.

Jeremy Sandusky, PISD School Board Trustee Candidate, Place 3
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