Mike McDaniel, a former administrator at Lewisville High School and a former LISD trustee, announced plans to run for Place 3 on the Lewisville school board, currently occupied by Tommy Kim.
McDaniel says he has dedicated the majority of his adult life to serving children, has loved every minute of it and looks forward to continuing his service.
A resident of Highland Village, McDaniel is married and has three children, including two daughters Taylor and Jordan, and a son Chase. Taylor is a sophomore at Texas A&M, while Jordan is a sophomore at Marcus and Chase is in the 5th grade at McAuliffe Elementary.
McDaniel is a developer and owner of Preferred Storage in Double Oak.
When asked why he has chosen to run again, McDaniel said that there are some issues that he is concerned about.
“I am concerned and question as to why the board has made the decision not to do an exhaustive outside search when the current superintendent steps down later this year,” said McDaniel.
“Instead, they plan on letting Dr. Roy choose who the board will interview. Our children and our district deserve the best person possible to lead this district and the board should take the lead in this decision and not relinquish this responsibility to any one person.
“I am concerned and question the decision to build new 17,000 square-foot field houses at each high school campus, at a cost of up to $5,000,000 each, or $295 per square-foot. The construction price of a new house in this area runs between $85 and $125 per square foot. Why is the board not doing an investigation as to this outrageous per square foot charge?
“I am concerned and question why in this bad economy, when so many LISD taxpayers have been laid off, taken pay cuts, suffered loss of hours at work, lost or losing their homes or having trouble paying their mortgages, the board is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on bond projects that could be put off for a few years until the economy recovers and the taxpayers are once again able and willing to support these projects. Every time they begin a new project, the tax rate increases. Additionally, due to the recession and the resulting loss of taxable values, the district is about to ask for an additional tax increase to help fund operating costs. So again, it only makes sense that if the board is going to make this request for additional funds at such a difficult economic time, they can help offset this additional taxpayer burden by shelving unneeded bond projects until the area is back on its feet.”
McDaniel is an ordained deacon and serves on the Denton County Child Protective Services Board of Directors. He has served the last three years as president of the LHS Circle of Friends Grand Ball Booster Club – an organization which puts on an annual Prom for special needs children at LHS – and has been involved with the ball since it’s inception in 1995.
McDaniel’s wife Linda is also active in the schools and received the LISD Volunteer of the Year award in 2003 and was nominated for the Texas PTA Volunteer of the Year. She was also named the Citizen of the Year by the ARC of Denton County. Mike and his wife Linda were named 2009 Volunteers of the Year by ISS magazine for the Self-Storage Industry.
“The Lewisville ISD has been one of the beacons leading the way in public education in Texas for years. We have to do everything within our means to ensure that this tradition continues. Our children, their parents and all stakeholders deserve no less,“ said McDaniel.