New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Baker, Holmes sweep seats on CISD board
By Ron Maloney
.Saturday was not a good day for the incumbents who sought re-election to the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Two-term incumbent trustee John Bertelsen was upended in Saturday’s election for District 4. and in District 3, appointed trustee Mark Smith was defeated by challenger Frank Baker by a margin of 172 to 26.
The District 3 trustee repre-sents the region north of Canyon l.ake, while the District 4 trustee serves the south side of the county.
Bertelsen, who was the board’s treasurer, was defeated
by retired educator Donna Holmes by a count of346 votes to 29. Bertelseris total matched that of candidateWylie Queen.
Bertelsen, whose public life includes service in the school district as well as on the board of what is now the Comal County Emergency Service District 3, said he was “somewhat surprised’’ by the result. But he praised his opponent. “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to serve on the board for six years,” Bertelsen said. “I believe Donna Holmes will make a good representative for our district, and she has my total support.”
Bertelsen said he believed he and Holmes agreed on many of the issues facing the
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Despite being disappointed, Bertelsen said he believed it was good for someone else to have the opportunity to sit at the table he’s worked at for six years.
“Those outside looking in have a different perspective," he said.
He added that the board, its new members and a new superintendent faced significant leadership and growth challenges in the coming years.
Holmes said she was thrilled with her victory, saying much of the credit should go to her supporters in the race.
“I had some very wonderful friends who did a fabulous job
with the phone bank, talking to their friend and getting the vote out,” she said. “They did an impressive job.”
I lolmes is a retired educator and is currently serving on the district’s Long Range Planning Committee. She said her work on the committee led to her decision to run. She said the things she learned on the committee will help her when she takes over as trustee.
“I think we need a long-range plan to deal with the growth we have," she said. “We have to be sure we make the most out of our existing facilities and look at new construction, to determine where new
schools are needed. It's going to be quite a challenge with the growth we have and we need to be effective with our resources and be sure the quality of our education doesn’t suffer with the growth.”
After cruising to victory Saturday, Baker said he was grateful for the voters who put their trust in him.
“I’m thrilled. I’m honored and I’m going to show the position the respect it deserves,” he said. “Mark Smith is a great guy. I appreciate his willingness to serve his community. I hope and pray that I can live up to the confidence and expectations my constituents have in me. I just want to do the best I can.”
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