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VISD School Board candidate profile: Garland Smith

By Victoria Advocate
April 30, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.

Garland Smith

Name: Garland Smith

Age: 47

City of residence: Victoria

Occupation: Owner Premier Cylinder Head Service

Why will you make a good asset to the district as a member of the school board?

I am a local business owner with employees. I am a lifelong resident of Victoria, and I have a child in VISD. I understand budgets and the need to adhere to them. I am a hard worker and dedicated to my commitments. I am able to work with a group to problem solve and get things done.

What is the most serious issue facing the school board?

The budget cuts and funding for our future.

What are your ideas to handle the state's budget cuts to education, and how will you ensure students still maintain a quality education?

I would first look at transportation, then at administrative positions. I would also look at more discipline options on each campus to help keep the children in school and learning.

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