|Board Trustee, Klein Independent School District, Position 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Texas A&M University|
- 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
Qualls is a traffic engineeering consultant who works for Traffic Engineers, Inc., a small business based on Houston. He is a licensed professional engineer with the State of Texas and a licensed professional traffic operations engineer with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He attended Texas A&M University where he obtained his Civil Engineering degree. He is a native of Lubbock, Texas and attended Lubbock ISD schools through high school. He and his wife, Sarah have two children who attend Hassler Elementary in Klein ISD.
|Klein Independent School District, Position 6, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Paul Lanham Incumbent||53.5%||4,272|
|Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
Qualls was not endorsed in this campaign.
Qualls reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Lanham described his reasons for running on his campaign website:
There are currently no licensed professional engineers on the Klein ISD Board of Trustees. I hope to change this. Having an engineer on the board (and more specifically a traffic engineer) that understands infrastructure needs, traffic demands, transportation planning and can speak the “engineering language” with various agency stakeholders in Harris County will greatly benefit KISD.
Traffic circulation at schools impacts us all. From the school staff who volunteer their time to work the drop-off and pick-up lines, to the parents who must navigate these same lines twice a day, to the students who must dodge these vehicles if walking or biking. I have more than 10 years experience with the traffic operations of Klein ISD schools and have many more recommendations and ideas to bring to the table. Safe traffic operations is a huge component of keeping our students safe.
School attendance zoning
My experience as a traffic engineer will provide valuable input towards any future school attendance rezoning efforts, especially with the construction of the Grand Parkway cutting right through the current Klein ISD boundary. I have more than 10 years experience with site planning, thoroughfare studies, school traffic analyses and demographic studies. I also enjoy working with community volunteers in finding the right solution that benefits the most people; a task that school attendance zoning is a prime example of.
I have extensive experience in obtaining federal funds towards the Safe Routes to School program. With childhood obesity on the rise, I would like to look for as many opportunities to encourage our students to walk or ride their bikes to school. Many factors are involved in these modes of travel; primarily parents are concerned about the safety of their students while doing so. By instituting Safe Routes to School programs, as well as innovative programs such as parent-driven “walking school buses”, we can make a difference.
One of the most significant roadways in our region’s history is under construction. The entire impact of this new roadway will not be known for quite some time, but I plan to keep both the Klein ISD administration as well as the Board apprised of all aspects of this roadway’s impacts. The Grand Parkway has already affected certain aspects of the District in terms of attendance zoning and bus transportation planning. I want to make sure Klein ISD is represented at any and all stakeholder and agency meetings concerning the Grand Parkway.
The success of our students in the classroom can be directly tied to the amount of time we as parents spend with our children. I thoroughly enjoy volunteering as much of my time as possible inside the classroom and out. I plan on leveraging a position on the Board to further improve parent volunteer efforts across the entire District.
A key aspect of instilling good safety habits in our children is getting to them while they are young. Issues such as texting-while-driving are going to become very important in the coming years. If we can implement programs teaching elementary school kids that texting-while-driving is very dangerous and can lead to fatal crashes, they will in turn tell their parents not to do this should they see that behavior while being driven around by them. I don’t know about you, but anytime my kids try to teach me something, I listen. They emulate what they see, but if we teach them to teach their parents, it will last for a long time. A prime example: it used to be that wearing bicycle helmets or even helmets while snow-skiing was a “not-cool” thing to do. But over the last 10 years or so, education has really increased showing the effects of not properly wearing helmets while enjoying various recreational activities. The educational movement has been so thorough that nowadays the “not-cool” crowd are the ones not wearing helmets. The same kind of success can be realized with a no-texting-while-driving program aimed at our younger children so that by the time they get to be of driving age, it will no longer be “cool” to text while driving. I would like to work with various community stakeholders to see what kind of programs we can provide our elementary schoolchildren towards this goal.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
A significant topic that faced the district this year is the potential for growth and dealing with the fiscal issues that go along with it. As a result of a new Exxon Mobil campus, as well as the arrival of The Grand Parkway, both coming in 2015, the district is looking to hire nearly 200 new personnel in 2014.
Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Positions 6 & 7, held by Paul Lanham and Rick Mann, respectively. Both incumbents won re-election.
About the districtHarris County, Texas. It encompasses 87.5 square miles in the northwestern part of Harris County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Harris County is home to 4,092,459 residents.
In terms of graduation rate and poverty rate, Harris County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 77.9% compared to 80.4% statewide. Harris County had a poverty rate of 17.3%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%. In terms of average household income, Harris County overperformed with $52,675 compared to $50,920 in the entire state.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Harris County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||41.5||37.6|
|Black or African American||19.5||11.8|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.1||0.7|
|Two or More Races||1.6||2.7|
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.
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- What exactly can Dustin provide Klein ISD? Accessed September 13, 2013
- [http://dustinforkisd.com/vote/about-me-2/ Dustin Qualls, PE, PTOE
- Texas Ethics Commission Search Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 26, 2013
- What exactly can Dustin provide Klein ISD? Accessed September 13, 2013
- Bryan Kirk, The Houston Chronicle, "Growth hot topic in Klein ISD board race," published October 22, 2013
- District Profile Accessed September 9, 2013]
- Quick Facts Accessed September 12, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014