Two local school board candidates have earned the support of an influential teachers’ organization this week.
On Monday, the Amarillo Education Association announced its support for John Betancourt and Kimberly Anderson in the upcoming Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees elections. Betancourt, an incumbent, and Anderson, a challenger and educator, are running to claim two of the three seats up for grabs this year on the school board.
“As Amarillo ISD continues to face the challenges of educating an increasingly economically disadvantaged student population we need school board trustees in tune with the community. John Betancourt has shown he understands the needs of a diverse student population, and Kimberly Anderson is an experienced educator who knows what every student needs,” organization president Aaron Phillips said in a statement.
Along with Anderson and Betancourt, incumbent Jim Austin and challengers Hobert Brown, Alonzo Everhart, Aaron Ladd, Dick Ford, and Rob Parker are also running for seats. Incumbent F. Scott Flow is not seeking re-election, leaving one open seat on the board.
Voters will decide these races on May 4th.