LeeAnn Seals and Clint Jones won seats on the Gary and Beckville school boards Saturday night, according to the districts’ unofficial results.
Seals took home 57 votes to Gary Guthrie’s 15 for the seat formerly held by Leah Adams.
Seals has lived in the Gary for the last 15 years and has three sons in Gary ISD. She works for Razor Services and Cyclon Rentals in Gary.
She said earlier this year she wants her son’s school years to be the best they can be.
“I think my main goal (on the board) would be of course the best education and secondly would be teacher retention,” Seals said. “I think it’s important for my kids to be familiar with the teachers that are there. I know that they’re more comfortable when they know who they are, and so I would like to see them stay year to year.”
To raise teacher retention, Seals said they can show teachers they’re appreciated and that the board will support them. She wants to make them feel like they can always come talk to the school board or board members about any concerns or suggestions they may have and know that they will be heard.
“I think it’s just important to stay involved in wanting the best for my kids and wanting the best for the community, so I think just being able to be there and give input, and from a mom’s perspective too is what’s important for me,” she said.
Clint Jones received 147 votes to Tiffany Adams’ 22 votes. Patrick Harris, who ran unopposed, took home 156 votes.
Clint Jones has been on the school board going on nine years. He is also running against Adams. He has lived in Beckville his whole life, graduating in 1994 with his wife. They have two children, one who graduated in 2018 from Beckville and one who is currently a sophomore at Beckville High School. Outside of the board he is a branch manager at Distribution Now.
“I love our kids at Beckville; I think we have a great school,” Jones said earlier this year. “I love serving our taxpayers, but you know I’ve always had my true belief in it is No. 1 to serve our kids and have their best interests (in mind)... I think it’s a great honor that I’ve been trusted by the community to let me do that position in the past.”
During his years on the board, Jones said they have worked to be good stewards to the community.
“We’ve decreased our taxes... just being good stewards of our taxpayer’s money and trying to make our school debt free, which is big. We’re able to lower our tax rates. So I think just being good stewards of our taxpayer’s money is huge.”
Jones wants help the school continue to be great.
“We’re academic highly rated, so that’s really big, and on our school board, all of us want to make sure that we’re highly academically rated,” he said. “We do have some building project that we’ll possibly do in the future, and we hope to be all of us involved in that, so and just strengthen our school. I just think that’s a big part of it there.”
Jones is proud of Beckville and its school.
“I love our kids, I really do,” he said. “I think we have a great school, we have a great community, we’ve got great administration. Devin, our whole administration. I think we have a great school. I think we have the best school.
“I really do. I take pride in our school, and I love our kids. I just think to want to be on the school board, No. 1 you’ve got to have a passion for the kids and you want what’s best for them and our community.”