|Board Vice President, Klein Independent School District, Position 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||Tarleton State University|
|Master's||University of Houston|
Lanham is a business sales consultant in the green industry and the Managing Director of CCD Rentals. Lanham has a Bachelor's degree in science from Tarleton State University and a Master's degree from the University of Houston. He and his wife, Cindy have lived in the Klein community for more than 20 years. They have two sons, two in college and one currently attending Klein High School. Lanham was elected to the board in 2010 and is finishing his first term.
|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|
Lanham was not endorsed in this campaign.
Lanham reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.
|Klein Independent School District, Position 6, 3-year term, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Mark D. Taylor||21.6%||6,442|
|Nonpartisan||Johanna Ramos Dawson||19.4%||5,789|
|Source: Cumulative Report, 2010 General and Special Elections Live," accessed October 8, 2013|
Lanham is against excessive testing and believes in the importance of preparing teachers and students for STAAR testing. His goal is to work with legislatures to refine the test.
During his time on the board, Lanham has voted to reduce the tax rate by a penny while giving employee salary increases. He also voted in favor of hiring new teachers and adding eight new police officers to patrol the elementary schools.
Lanham described his reasons for running on his campaign website in 2010:
I believe that by becoming a member of the school board that I can make a positive difference for all the students in the Klein ISD system. When the issue came up concerning a possible move at Klein High to Spring Cypress and demolishing the existing KHS, I became very active in the effort to keep Klein High School in its existing location. I participated in gathering a contingency of neighbors and community members to attend board meetings to help influence the existing school board to keep KHS in its original location. This effort started in October of 2009 and I have attended almost all workshops and board meetings since then.
I feel that our school board during that time made some critical errors in communicating to the community. They did not make readily available their intentions and their priorities. The community at large was very frustrated and concerned that KHS would move and not ever be moved back to its existing location. Unfortunately, no one knew our school board's thoughts until the last vote was taken to demolish and rebuild KHS on the same site. In my opinion, I think that the Klein community lost a lot of trust in the school board during the decision making process to build a new campus or rebuild Klein High School. If I am elected, I will work diligently to help reestablish community trust for the Klein school board.
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|
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- Klein ISD voters keep on coming back to incumbents - Houston Chronicle
- Voters reject Astrodome renovation, approve state water plan and joint ... - Your Houston News
- Paul Lanham Accessed September 13, 2013
- Texas Ethics Commission Search Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 26, 2013
- Crystal Simmons, Cypress Creek Mirror, "Klein ISD trustee candidates address the public," published October 21, 2013
- About Paul 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