Two more candidates have stepped up to run for the Stephenville ISD board of trustees.
There are three seats on the May 14 ballot, an unexpired one-year term and two full three-year terms.
The two latest candidates will face off for the unexpired term recently vacated by Toby Mills, place 2.
Sherrie Evans is not a new face to the school district. A recent SISD retiree, Evans taught dance and led the district's award-winning Stingerette dance team for 24 of her 28 years in the education sector. Prior to signing on with SISD, she taught dance at Tarleton State University.
Evans is a life-long Stephenville resident and married to Stephenville City Council member Scott Evans. The couple raised their children within SISD.
When asked what motivated her to run for office, she said with almost three decades of teaching experience, she knows many things teachers are forced to endure can be avoided.
Evans said too much power has been taken away from teachers, stifling their creativity and ability to make decisions that are best for students.
"When you are hired to do a job, I feel like you should be trusted with that job," she said. "Let the teachers teach."
Evans said a number of issues, including unfair treatment from administrators has left teacher morale at an all-time low, she said.
"Teachers do not get into the business for the money," she said. "And they should not be afraid to speak up."
Another key issue for Evans is finance. She said while the current board has done a good job managing SISD money, she said it is important for the district to continue to operate without dipping into reserves.
Also vying for the one-year term is Ken Williams.
While calls to Williams for comment Friday were not returned by press time, his application states that he has been an SISD resident for almost 11 years. He is retired.
Meanwhile, Doug McLemore, place 7, has filed for his second term and has not yet drawn an opponent.
Rusty Jergins, place 6, has not returned calls seeking his intentions in the upcoming election.
Anyone interested in running for a spot on the school board can pick up a packet and application at the SISD administration building, located across from Stephenville High School. The last day to file is Monday, March 14, when the SISD administration office will be open from 2-5 p.m.