|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Fort Bend Board of Trustees, Position 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 10, 2014|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Issues
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Cherivirala earned his master's degree from Kakatiya University. He also holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He is a partner with the Sugar Land office of New York Life Insurance Company. Cherivirala has served as a board member with the Rita Drabek Elementary PTO and the Quail Valley Middle School PTO. He and his wife, Anuradha, have two children.
|Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 1 General Election, 3-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Sardar Qaisar Imam||28.2%||3,470|
|Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Official Results," May 21, 2014|
Cherivirala reported $7,620.00 in contributions and $4,805.79 in expenditures to the district office, leaving his campaign with $2,814.21 on hand prior to the election.
Cherivirala received the following endorsements in 2014:
- Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen
- Missouri City Council Member Floyd Emery
- Missouri City Council Member Ken Mathew
- Missouri City Council Member Danny Nguyen
- Current Position 1 trustee Susan Hohnbaum
Cherivirala's campaign website listed major themes for 2014:
Excellence in Education
Safe and Secure Environment
—Ramesh Cherivirala'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 Position 4 incumbent Bruce 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 Bruce 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:
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.
Bruce 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 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Ramesh + Cherivirala + 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
- Ramesh Cherivirala Campaign, "About Us," accessed February 21, 2014
- Fort Bend Independent School District, "Campaign Finance Report," accessed April 15, 2014 (dead link)
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Ramesh Cherivirala on March 3, 2014.
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Ramesh Cherivirala Campaign, "Issues," accessed March 29, 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|