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Battle announces for BIDS board


My name is Heidi Battle and I am running for Place 6, Bandera Independent School District.
There is something about a small town that beckons one home. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in agricultural economics and working as an area manager for Houston Independent School District, that is exactly what I did in 2002. I came home to Bandera.
I can blame it on the Houston humidity, the caravan of traffic or the hustle and bustle of the city, but the truth is that I missed Bandera - my family, my community and the simplicities of life. Starting a family with my husband, Tony, and raising our toddlers, Jessi and Lake, reiterates the importance of community, planting roots and joining together to make this county the best place for our families. With this goal in mind, I decided to run for Place 6 on our school board, the very seat my father, the late Rand Hicks, held as I attended Bandera ISD.
Bandera is a special place built on small town traditions. Whether I am picking up groceries at Lowe's or attending Saturday morning T-ball games, I see the passion we share for our children. In schools, our children are instilled the importance of knowledge, the foundation for their own careers. However, schools are more than bricks and mortar holding cells for learning. They are the heart of the community, the place students are enriched through curriculum and relationships with their peers and teachers to be moral professionals who have the skills needed to confront a global economy.
In Bandera, we are blessed with teachers and administrators who truly care about a student's body, mind, and character. As a school board trustee, my responsibility is to provide the resources and the foresight to allow our schools to continue this mission.
Through my career as an area manager with Houston ISD, overseeing food service operations for eight schools, my 10 years of experience as an enterprise manager with Advantage Waypoint Sales and Marketing, personally managing $20 million in sales, and my active interest in my family's local business, the Mayan Dude Ranch, I understand that schools, like businesses, are faced with the tasks of balancing budgets, meeting expectations for assessments and forecasting trends in population growth.
My real world experience in the business community has taught me the importance of budgeting responsibly, recruiting skilled personnel and setting long term goals. I know there will be difficult decisions to face, but I am ready and qualified to be your voice, making these decisions with your families and our future as my priority.
I want to be a school board trustee because the success and sustainability of Bandera Independent Schools is important to me as a former graduate, parent, community member, and advocate for the children. I would appreciate your vote and your ideas about how to make our schools and our community the best "home" for us all.