|Board member, Fort Bend Board of Trustees, Position 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 10, 2014|
|First elected||May 14, 2011|
|Bachelor's||University of Central Florida|
|Profession||Internet sales manager|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Albright earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida in 1978. He currently works as an Internet sales manager for Helfman Ford in Sugar Land.
Bruce Albright sought re-election to the Position 4 seat against three challengers in the general election on May 10, 2014.
|Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 4 General Election, 3-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Kristin K. Tassin||41.1%||4,848|
|Nonpartisan||Bruce Albright Incumbent||30.8%||3,637|
|Nonpartisan||Deron R. Harrington||22.3%||2,634|
|Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Official Results," May 21, 2014|
Albright reported no contributions or expenditures to the district office prior to the election.
Albright did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 4 General Election, 3-year term, May 14, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Kevin P. Daniels||24%||2,020|
|Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Cumulative Report," May 19, 2011|
Albright's campaign website listed major themes for 2014:
Bruce built coalitions to cut bond debt, keep taxes low, raise teachers salaries and improve working conditions , restore fiscal restraint and policies to make us an ever competitive district to deliver the best in public schools at the lowest possible cost.
Bruce is a self-less and independent Trustee with innovative ideas to make our school district the # 1 school district in Texas.
Bruce is a Trustee dedicated to improving academics and the Career & Technical Education of our students. His children came up through the FBISD System and He and his family have lived in the FBISD for over 30 years .
Bruce is a dedicated Trustee with the interest of all 70,000 students in mind , dedicated husband, father, local civic and business leader that has brought Common Sense Leadership for the betterment of all families in FBISD.
—Bruce Albright's campaign website, (2014), 
What was at stake?
Issues in the election
Accusations of campaign sign stealing
Position 5 candidate Kris Allfrey filed a complaint with the Meadows Place police accusing Albright of stealing his campaign signs. Allfrey discovered that campaign signs placed on the property of a local Ford dealership were stolen twice prior to the election. He placed a camera on a tree near the property to gather evidence against the sign thief. Allfrey's police complaint included photos of Albright removing the signs from Helfman Ford's property. Albright responded that he removed the signs because Allfrey did not have permission to place the signs on private property. Local police are investigating the case as of May 8, 2014.
Candidate criticisms on Facebook
The FBISD Concerns page on Facebook developed into an open forum for criticisms against several board candidates. The page is operated by district residents and not affiliated with the district. Position 4 candidate Kristin K. Tassin faced criticism for conducting an interview with the local Fox TV station as a representative of the district's steering committee. Critics noted that district policy prevents candidates from representing the district in public. Tassin countered that she was selected due to scheduling conflicts by other committee members. She also noted that she did not claim to represent the district and provided answers based on her committee experience. Kris Allfrey also questioned Albright's military service after a dispute with an Albright supporter. Allfrey posted documents detailing his service in the U.S. Army and Albright did not respond prior to the election.
April 27 candidate forum
The Fort Bend Voter Forum hosted a candidate forum at Sienna Branch Library on April 27, 2014. Here are highlights from the forum detailed by district:
Ramesh Cherivirala, Sardar Qaisar Imam and C.J. Udoagwu participated in the April 27 forum. Cherivirala stated that the biggest issue facing the district is the significant growth in enrollment. He argued that community members will need to work with board members to find a middle ground on bonds, rezoning and other growth-related issues. Imam noted that board members and the community will need to exhibit patience as the district's continued growth will strain resources in the future. Udoagwu cited teacher recruitment and retention as an important issue for district schools. He suggested that the district needs to offer salaries competitive with neighboring districts and hire teaching aides across the district.
Albright, Rodrigo Carreon and Kristin K. Tassin participated in the April 27 forum. Albright, Carreon and Tassin discussed the emphasis in district classrooms on state assessments. Albright and Tassin stated that too much weight was placed on state assessments when determining the success of students and teachers. Carreon argued that students weren't learning enough ahead of state assessments and teachers should assign more homework to improve assessment scores.
KP George and Patsy Taylor participated in the April 27 forum. George and Taylor agreed that the district should not solely focus on college preparedness in developing curriculum. George argued that students who weren't prepared for college or didn't want four-year degrees should be taught life skills necessary for employment after graduation. Taylor advocated for inclusion of associate degree courses into the district's high schools to prepare graduates for future employment opportunities.
About the districtSugar Land, a city in Fort Bend County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Sugar Land is home to 82,480 residents. Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, serving 69,449 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Sugar Land outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.8 percent of Sugar Land residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Sugar Land was $107,149 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Sugar Land was 4.4 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Bruce + Albright + Fort + Bend + Independent + School + District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Fort Bend Independent School District, "Board Elections," accessed February 21, 2014
- Fort Bend Independent School District, "Board of Trustees Position 4," accessed February 21, 2014
- Fort Bend Independent School District, "Board Elections," accessed April 15, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Bruce Albright Campaign, "Home," accessed February 21, 2014
- KHOU, "Ft. Bend ISD board member accused of stealing political signs," May 5, 2014
- Fort Bend Star, "Fort Bend ISD school board campaign turns up the heat," accessed May 1, 2014
- Your Houston News, "District’s future discussed at FBISD school board candidate forum," April 29, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Sugar Land, Texas," accessed February 21, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 1, 2014
- Fort Bend County Elections, "Election Results," accessed February 21, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Fort Bend Independent School District Elections|
|Sugar Land, Texas|
|Election date:||May 10, 2014|
|Candidates:||Position 1: • Jason Burdine • Ramesh Cherivirala • Sardar Qaisar Imam • C.J. Udoagwu|
Position 5: • Kris Allfrey • KP George • Patsy Taylor
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|