|Board Member, Alief Independent School District, Position 7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Texas A&M University|
|Master's||Texas A&M University|
Cook is a graduate of Texas A&M University, with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree. He is currently the Director of Operations at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to his experience at MDACC, he was employed by Baylor College of Medicine. During his time at Alief, he has held positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Secretary.
He and his wife Sara have 3 children that are all graduates of Alief Hastings High School.
|Alief Independent School District, Position 7, 3-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Marilyn L. Swick||39.5%||3,182|
|Source: Cumulative Report, 2009 Joint Election," accessed October 8, 2013|
For his 2009 campaign, Cook stated the following on his website:
I am committed to the vision that all children in Alief should have the opportunity to receive an exemplary education. To ensure that education, we must keep highly trained and dedicated staff in the classroom and maintain a safe and secure educational environment. My goal for AISD is to continue to see an increase in student achievement. I believe we need to continue to support the district initiatives and intervention programs that we currently have in place. I believe these programs are making a significant contribution in our student achievement gains. We currently have 7 Exemplary and 21 Recognized campuses in Alief ISD.
With a fixed State allocation of funds and a moderate gain in student enrollment, and with price of energy, gas, insurance and the cost of building maintenance increasing dramatically, I believe my experience and leadership can continue to serve the children in Alief by keeping as many dollars as possible to continue to go directly into the classroom.
About the districtHouston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 US Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents. Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Houston city (%)||Texas (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||43.8||37.6|
|Black or African American||23.7||11.8|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.7||0.7|
|Two or More Races||3.3||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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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