GALVESTON — Less than a week remains to apply for a vacant position on the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees, and so far only one person has turned in the documents necessary to be considered.

As of Tuesday, the only official candidate for the position was Bolivar Peninsula resident Terri Ward.

According to her application, Ward has lived in the district for more than 18 years. In a phone interview yesterday, Ward said she has lived on Bolivar Peninsula for that entire time.

Ward is an office administrator for the American Red Cross and was previously the program director for the Safe Program at the Galveston Children’s Center. She said she also worked as a substitute teacher. She said she had never served on a school board.

Ward applied to replace District 7-G representative Sandra Simmons. Simmons, who had served on the board since 2004, resigned last month following a move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Ward said that while she has no specific issues she would take up if she was chosen for to replace Simmons, she did think it was important that the students of the island’s East End are fairly represented.

“I think sometimes, because we have a low number of students, it just doesn’t always get the same amount of attention,” Ward said.

District 7-G includes areas in Fish Village and on Bolivar Peninsula. It includes Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School.

District spokesman Johnston Farrow said at least one other person had picked up applications from the school district’s office.

The deadline to submit an application, along with a letter of intent and current résumé, is 4 p.m. Monday. A workshop to review potential candidates will be held Wednesday, and the new member will be chosen Jan. 23.

Farrow said if Ward was the only person to submit a completed application by the deadline, she would still go through the interview and selection process.

Whoever is chosen will fill out the remainder of Simmons’ term, which ends in November. Ward said she had not decided to run for the seat when that time comes.

“I’m just kind of focusing on this right now,” Ward said.


Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com.

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