Laura Duhon, senior lecturer at Texas State University, is running for election to the SMCISD school board for single member district two (2).
Duhon, a resident of the school district for over eighteen years, has taught Kindergarten through 5th grade in the Lockhart School District. A full time lecturer, she has taught education majors at Texas State for the last seven years.
For purposes of full disclosure, she has no relatives employed by the school district nor does she have any relatives enrolled in the schools.
Duhon is running for the school board because she “wanted to serve and give back.” She is “dedicated to my profession, to education and dedicated to serving others.”
For Duhon, the single greatest problem is the TAKS test. The “TAKS test is a huge challenge for many districts” because “there is a lot of pressure for these high stake test.” To deal with this issue, Duhon said she’d “like to look at quality teaching to raise these scores.”
Duhon disagrees that there is a perception that neighboring school districts are better than our own. She has “had the opportunity to work with people from other school districts. People from neighboring districts view our district as comparable to their own.”
On the issue of the relationship between academics and sports, Duhon sees “the benefits of students involved in sports” but also sees the that “there needs to be a balance.” Although she is “a huge sports fan”, she emphasizes that “we need to focus on academic programs.”
To deal with the projected growth, Duhon says “we need to do research on our neighboring districts and towns. We need to ask how is regional district growth going to affect us?” Above all, Duhon asserts, “we need to be proactive.”
The best way to deal with academic achievement differences, Duhon says, “is to look at each individual child and their individual educational needs. It is most important to look at each individual child.”
If Duhon could accomplish one thing for our district, it would be for it to receive “a huge amount of money. Money provides opportunities. We could raise teacher and staff pay. More money could provide a number of wonderful things for our students.”
Duhon thinks that the most critical part of the educational process in our community that she feels will be an on-going problem, is state assessment. “As long as there is a state assessment, there will be a challenge. This is an issue that will be discussed daily,” says Duhon.
In conclusion, Duhon said,” that she has had the opportunity to interact with student teachers in our school district. All the people I have worked with who work in our school district are wonderful.”
School Board election early voting runs from April 28 to May 6. Election day is May 10. Please click here to get full information on times, dates, and places for early voting and election day voting for SMCISD school board elections.
The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters is holding a school board candidates debate on April 28.
By ED MIHALKANIN, Ph.D
Audio interview with Laura Duhon
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