Ramesh Cherivirala

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Ramesh Cherivirala
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Former candidate for
Board member, Fort Bend Board of Trustees, Position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sKakatiya University
Ph.D.Osmania University
Personal
ProfessionInsurance professional
Websites
Campaign website
Ramesh Cherivirala campaign logo
Ramesha Cherivirala was a candidate for the Position 1 seat on the Fort Bend Board of Trustees in Texas. He lost election against to Jason Burdine in the general election on May 10, 2014. Position 1 is one of three seats on the board selected from residents of western Sugar Land. Each member represents the entire district.[1]

Biography

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.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Fort Bend Independent School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Ramesh Cherivirala and fellow challengers Jason Burdine, Sardar Qaisar Imam and C.J. Udoagwu competed for Position 1 in the general election on May 10, 2014.

Results

Fort Bend Independent School District, Position 1 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJason Burdine 39.5% 4,855
     Nonpartisan Sardar Qaisar Imam 28.2% 3,470
     Nonpartisan Ramesh Cherivirala 24.7% 3,042
     Nonpartisan C.J. Udoagwu 7.5% 925
Total Votes 12,292
Source: Fort Bend County Elections, "Official Results," May 21, 2014

Funding

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.[3]

Endorsements

Cherivirala received the following endorsements in 2014:[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Cherivirala's campaign website listed major themes for 2014:

Excellence in Education

  • Equip teachers with the necessary resources to effectively educate each child to his/her full potential
  • Augment vocational and technological course offerings to help interested students succeed in a competitive work force after graduation
  • Review the needs of special needs children and promote programs to enhance their educational experiences
  • Establish a competitive college readiness curriculum available to students throughout the district
  • Expand and/or replicate successful academy programs and courses throughout the district’s high schools

Safe and Secure Environment

  • Provide students and faculty with safe and secure learning environment by regularly auditing facilities
  • Build new elementary schools to relieve current overcrowding and continue to address rapid growth in student enrollment
  • Ensure the safety of the children, parents and staff by maintaining an effective campus police force
  • Minimize testing requirements to relieve the stress on students and teachers and shift the focus to achievement

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Implement prudent management of your tax dollars to maintain low tax rates
  • Incorporate modern technological advancements in order to better utilize our monetary resources
  • Institute effective guidelines for awarding and renewing contracts with taxpayer dollars
  • Promote policies and procedures for fiscal transparency in district expenditures

Community Involvement

  • Seek extensive input and feedback from the community regarding major policy decisions such as rezoning, construction of new facilities and curriculum modifications
  • Encourage parent involvement in schools through parent organizations that provide resources and volunteering for extracurricular activities
  • Conduct town hall meetings regularly to give voice to the concerns of teachers, parents, students and taxpayers

[5]

—Ramesh Cherivirala's campaign website, (2014), [6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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:[9]

Position 1

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.[9]

Position 4

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.[9]

Position 5

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.[9]

About the district

See also: Fort Bend Independent School District, Texas
Fort Bend Independent School District is located in Fort Bend County, Texas
Fort Bend Independent School District is located in Sugar Land, a city in Fort Bend County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Sugar Land is home to 82,480 residents.[10] Fort Bend Independent School District is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, serving 69,449 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[11]

Demographics

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.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2010[10]
Race Sugar Land (%) Texas (%)
White 52.0 70.4
Black or African American 7.4 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.7
Asian 35.3 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 10.6 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[12]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.0 52.9
2008 48.5 50.8
2004 42.1 57.3

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.[13]

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