Don Ryan

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Don Ryan
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Board Vice President, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Position 6
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCy-Fair High School
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Don Ryan currently holds Position 6 on the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School Board of Education, where he is also Board Vice President. He won re-election of the seat against challenger Shaik Ahmed on November 5, 2013.


Ryan has lived within the Cy-Fair area for 39 years. He is the owner of Cy-Fair Insurance Group, an insurance agency. His is married to Julie, and the pair have three children, all of whom have gone through, or are going through, the Cy-Fair School District.[1]



See also: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District elections (2013)


Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Position 6, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDon Ryan Incumbent 85.5% 17,258
     Nonpartisan Shaik Ahmed 14.5% 2,927
Total Votes 20,185
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Ryan was not endorsed in this campaign.


Ryan reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.[2]


Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Position 6, 3-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDon Ryan 43.3% 29,073
     Nonpartisan Brad West 24.7% 16,590
Total Votes 67,127
Source: Cumulative Report, 2010 General and Special Elections Live," accessed October 8, 2013

Campaign themes


Ryan described his reasons for running on the district's website in 2010:[1]

In your opinion, what critical challenges face the district, and what are possible solutions to address those issues? Equity in school finance continues to be a major challenge for CFISD. As previously stated, we have cut $70 million from our budget and also eliminated over 900 positions over the last 5 years. Future cuts will definitely have an adverse effect on our students, and if the quality of our schools deteriorates our home values will do likewise. Our school system is overly regulated at the State and Federal level, and we should continue to work with our Legislature to get local control. All un-funded and under-funded mandates from these government entities should be eliminated. CFISD is focusing on career readiness for our students instead of just graduation, and that will benefit all students. CFISD needs to use current technology to embrace the Digital Learning Environment that will allow our students access to course work 24/7. Our challenges are numerous, but our opportunities for success are endless.

What was at stake?

As the third largest school district in Texas, Cy-Fair has had to balance having the resources necessary to educate all children within it. Candidates cited maintaining accountability and high standards, as well as adapting to the changing demographic and digital learning atmosphere as large issues in their campaigns.[3]

Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Positions 5, 6 and 7, and all incumbents won re-election to the board.

About the district

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[4]


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%.[4]

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