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Newcomers battle for Pine Tree school board spot

A Longview Regional Medical Center director and a First Baptist Church pastor are vying for a seat on the Pine Tree ISD board of trustees.

On May 10, Pine Tree taxpayers will choose between Amy Brown, director of risk management and facility compliance officer for Longview Regional Medical Center, and David English, executive pastor for First Baptist Church, for Place 6 on the school board.

Trustee Craig Meek, who occupies the seat, is not seeking re-election. Meek took office in 2011 when he replaced Gil Gillam.

Amy Brown

Brown, a 1994 graduate of Longview High School, has been active in the community. Her involvement includes the Junior League of Longview, Leadership Longview and the Greater Longview United Way Campaign.

“I have always been involved in my community,” she said. “My parents instilled that in me.”

In 2013, Brown graduated from Pine Tree ISD’s “Community U” program, which provides parents and community members with a firsthand look at how the district operates and educates students.

“I decided I wanted to run for the school board after that,” she said. “I want all of the positive things going on in the district and community to be promoted.”

The mother of two said she feels it is important to be invested in the future of the district.

“My husband, Jeff, and I moved to Pine Tree in 2006 and have been in the district for eight years,” Brown said. “We chose Pine Tree after looking at all of the districts. It has been a wonderful experience for my son, Brooks, and I want to make sure all of the other parents can trust me with the educational future of their children.”

“I do feel like the board needs people who do have young children,” said Brown, whose children are 7 and 4.

Brown believes her work in the hospital has prepared her to take on the role

“I deal with highly sensitive issues every day so I think I have the ability and background to do a good job,” she said. “I am an open-minded person, and I don’t have an agenda coming in.”

Brown said she has spoken at Pine Tree ISD booster meetings and met with campus principals to get feedback on what the important issues are facing the district.

David English

English, a district member since 2004, said his experience managing First Baptist Church of Longview’s annual $3.45 million budget makes him an attractive candidate for the board.

His wife, Cindy, graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1985; his daughter, Gretchen, is a sophomore at the high school.

“My primary responsibilities are to supervise most of the personnel, finances, mission efforts, building and grounds, and the weekday school called the Wee Learn Center,” English said. “I have never developed a budget that was not in the black, and I am always looking for ways to be better stewards of dollars so that the emphasis can be placed on the direct focus of the organization.”

He said he did not originally anticipate running for election on the board until Meek decided he was vacating the position.

Helping to highlight the district’s strong academics and student attendance are a focus of his, English said.

As a liaison for his church, English said he enjoys seeing the community come together to help others.

“One of the great thrills has been to work in the area of missions, particularly local missions, and see our members make an impact on this community in so many ways,” he said. “I have had the privilege to work with outside groups who were interested in using our facilities, such as Bible Study Fellowship, both Rotary Clubs in Longview, and others. I am blessed with a wonderful staff who permit me to get much more credit than I deserve.”

 

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