Candidate filing for Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s May trustees election got under way Wednesday with incumbent John Prickette turning in his application to run for one of three seats on the board.
Prickette, a division manager at Grocery Supply Co., was appointed in January 2012 to fill the remaining 16 months of trustee Foy Williams’ term on the school board which expires in May of this year. Williams, who had served on the board since 2004, submitted his resignation from the board effective Jan. 1, 2012, citing health reasons.
SSISD Board President Jason Dietze noted in a press release follow Prickette's appointment, that “John is a strong and positive supporter of our schools.” Some of that involvement included serving as co-chair of the citizens committee in support of the bond proposal that was approved by voters in 2009. He has also been instrumental in developing the SOCKS (Support Our Campuses and Kids) adopt-a-school program promoted by Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.
Clay Johnson and Kerry Wright currently hold the two other seats on the board up for election in May. Johnson and Wright, along with Williams, were the only three to sign up for the three slots on the school board in 2010, thus ensuring they were reelected to the board through the 2012-2013 school year.
Johnson, an attorney with Johnson law Firm, is completing two terms on the school board, having first been elected to the board in 2007. He’s served in various positions on the school board and was named a master trustee following completion of the Texas Association of School Boards’ Leadership program.
Wright, president of Copy Products Imaging Inc. in Sulphur Springs, is completing his first full term on the school board and serving his second year as vice president of the board, and has previously served as board secretary. Wright first began serving on the board in 2009, when trustees appointed him to fill out the remain portion of trustee Carolyn Thomas’ term, which expired in May 2010. Thomas resigned in order to spend more time with family, who live outside of Hopkins County.
Neither of the two other incumbents had filed for reelection as of press time Wednesday.
Filing for candidacy in the May 1 election for three trustees to fill three full three-year terms on the SSISD Board of Education will continue weekdays during regular business hours through March 1, in the tax office at SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St. Contact Judy Gregg, election officials, in the tax office for more information.
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