In response to the letter by Walter Manuel (“Nakisha Paul is not who TCISD needs,” The Daily News, March 23): Thanks to the voice from Abilene, “Team Paul” is more motivated than ever. Yes, we are all over our right to vote for the individual of our choice, who we know will represent the students that still attend school in the buildings of La Marque ISD and she will strongly advocate for and represent, with pride, and due diligence, every student that attends Texas City ISD.
You do not have to remind us of anything you thought you ever knew about what happened to your former school district. I was there and suffered through every horrible, demeaning and torturous moment. So thank you for trying to tell the story of which you know nothing about. How much can you know? You are too busy hating to recognize truth for what it is.
My truth is this: David Rac served on the school board when Ecomet Burley was superintendent of LMISD. When Burley arrived to serve in his capacity, he found more than approximately $7 million dollars in the fund balance. When he left the district, as Rac served, the district was left with $47,000, enough for five days of operating expense. As if that was not enough, Rac was hired on the board of managers in December 2015, as he served at the pleasure of Michael Williams, the retired commissioner of education for the state of Texas.
Now you think that we need David Rac to represent us? Are you kidding — or just need to laugh out loud?
As to Mable Pratt, your other choice for our representative, let me tell you this truth: Pratt served on the La Marque ISD board of trustees when Paul Arnold was superintendent, and even served as the secretary of the board. Please know that Pratt was also hired on as a member of the board of managers, which had one goal: to close La Marque ISD down. In the process of performing that duty, from my perspective, she assisted in altering the ability of many qualified teachers and administrators to maintain their employment as educators. Some of these educators were near retirement. That was very hurtful and destructive for many members of the community in which she lives. Many lives were totally disrupted.
Finally, Walter Manuel, when we get our ballots, we will look for and vote for Nakisha Paul, District 3, and Lois Jones, District 2. We are not confused.