On Monday, three applicants stepped up to file for a spot on the Dublin school board.
Two seats, those of Mike Jurney and the vacated position of Travis Barnes, will be up for election.
Jurney has filed for re-election and DISD Superintendent Roy Neff said Tuesday that Gary Almquist, Dannis Lozano and Craig Means have officially joined the race.
Jurney has served on the board for 18 years and is also the board’s president.
“I back education 100 percent,” Jurney said. “I remain confident that service on the board is an important service to the community. Through the years, the legislature has taken away more and more power from local boards but we still have a responsibility to our schools, our children and the district. We have to be sure that our local children are getting the best education available.”
Jurney also said he plans to see the construction of the new intermediate school finally pay off.
“I have been on the board through the entire process and I want to see the construction complete and the doors open,” he said.
Almquist, who would bring a new face to the board, said that a school board must always remain objective.
“I currently have no children attending school in Dublin and I feel that fact will give the board and district an advantage,” Almquist said. “I will be able to better serve the board objectively and make decisions to benefit the entire student body and district as a whole. I want to put an emphasis on every child, not just one or a few.”
This is Almquist’s second run for the board. Current board member Sammy Moore defeated him during last May’s election.
Lozano has lived in Dublin for many years and served one term on the board in the early 1990s. He said he is ready to give it another shot.
“I want to try again to serve the community and attempt to bring something good, positive to the board and to our local schools,” Lozano said.
Means, who is a first-timer on the political scene, would also bring a fresh face to the board. With three children attending Dublin schools, Means said he is not running for the benefit of his kids alone but all children in the district.
“I want to help make our schools better,” Means said. “I want to be involved.”