I am writing this letter in support of Dr. Julie Howell for School Board at Stephenville Independent School District.

I have known Julie for nearly 20 years and worked with her when she started her career as a Library Media Specialist.  I have watched her grow, set and achieve goals, and take on more responsibility throughout the years. She finished her education; Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, all while holding down a full time job and raising a family.  She knows and values the importance of education.

I have worked in school finance for approximately 40 years, both in Ohio and now in Texas and know how invaluable that someone with Julie’s knowledge base, experience, and education is when managing school budgets.  School budgets are tight, which means there is no room for error.  Julie researches and has a keen attention to detail.  She will ensure efficient management of the budget and school funding.  She was also the CEO of a multimillion-dollar commercial construction company where she managed finances, payroll, and invoicing.  She knows the difference between private and school business.  She has a strong educational background in school finance, law, and policy, which are vastly different from private business finances. 

I am not only a former colleague of Julie’s but also her stepmother.  Julie is a great mother, wife and daughter.  She is always available and eager to help and is fully committed to anything she does. 

A vote for Dr. Julie Howell on May 5th will be a vote for the students, teachers, and community of Stephenville ISD.

Respectfully,

Linda Hoch,

Former Stephenville resident