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Shoven to run for open school board seat

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Paige Shoven, a 13-year resident of Lewisville and active PTA volunteer, announced she will be filing to run for Place 3 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees, to replace Mark Welding, who recently resigned.

Shoven ran for the seat in May and lost to Welding by just 173 votes.

“My commitment to the district is strong and my determination runs deep,” said Shoven.  “I can assure you that had I been elected in May, the taxpayers would not be burdened today with the expense of a special election only three months after the regular election.”

Shoven, 36, and her husband of 13 years, Rick, have two daughters — Elizabeth, 12, and Kara, 8, both of whom are students in the LISD school system.

“I learned so much while campaigning last year, it was a great experience,” Shoven said. “My love for the children of LISD did not stop when the election was over.  I am confident that my experience as a professional and my analytical abilities will serve well in working on the challenges and opportunities facing LISD.  I would give the Place 3 position the full measure of commitment it deserves”

Shoven said that she has stayed involved by attending every school board meeting in the past year, participating in the INSIDE LISD program, serving on the facilities committee for the district, volunteering with Lewisville Education Foundation, Heavenly Supply Depot, the LISD Council of PTAs, both local chapters of PTA and staying active at church.

In past years, she served as PTA president at her local elementary school and was honored with the lifetime PTA award. She has served the last five years on the Council of PTAs in a number of roles, including first vice president.

In 2011, she was named Outstanding Manager of the Year for U.S. Vision, where she is employed as an optical manager.

Shoven said there are many challenges facing LISD Board of Trustee including the issues of: Ensuring the community is involved in the process of improving board policies which affect their children; Supporting the educators while they implement the strategic design (a community-wide initiative to change the way children learn in LISD schools), while providing a safe environment for teachers to embrace the changing needs of students; Management of the resources available so as to maximize the educational excellence for all LISD students.

Other issues cited include continued concerns in Austin over school funding, STAAR/EOC testing requirements and its implementation, as well as the push for public funding for private education without equal standards cannot be overlooked.

“LISD is a great district we can all be proud of,” Shoven said. “If elected, my sleeves are rolled up, my computer is humming, my determination and commitment to the teachers and students as well as the taxpayers is high and I am ready to go to work on these challenges so we continue to be a district of excellence.”

The special school board election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.  Candidates interested in filing to serve on the board must submit their application by Sept. 4.

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