In the municipal elections Saturday, two Weatherford incumbents were defeated.
Jeff Ford will join the Weatherford ISD school board, after defeating board president Jeff Guyer 969 to 813 votes, or 55% to 45%. Brian Catlin ran unopposed.
The Weatherford City Council will also have a new member—Curtis Tucker defeated incumbent Dale Fleeger 61% to 39% for place 3.
Mineral Wells will have a new mayor. After Mayor Mike Allen decided not to run, Christopher Perricone won a very close race. Perricone finished the election just 27 votes ahead of Mayor Pro Tem Tammy Underwood.
Ward 1 incumbent Jerrel Tomlin defeated Terri Glidewell with 62 percent.
Ward 3 went to Beth Henary Watson with 69 percent.
The $5.9 million Peaster ISD bond passed overwhelmingly, with 76% voting yes. The bond will pay for HVAC and mechanical upgrades, renovate the cafeteria, add seating to the track stadium for football, and other improvements.
The Weatherford College Board of Trustees voted Thursday to name Dr. Tod Farmer as the lone finalist for college president.
After a mandated 21-day waiting period, the board is scheduled to vote to formally hire Farmer on Friday, May 4.
Farmer currently serves as chief of staff to Tarleton State University President Dr. Dominic Dottavio. He manages the operations of the Office of the President and coordinates legal and policy issues with the Texas A&M University System as well as with state agencies and organizations.
He also brings experience from the K-12 arena, having spent 10 years with the Springtown Independent School District in positions ranging from director of student services and associate director of instructional technology to high school principal and fifth grade teacher.
Farmer is a Weatherford High School and Weatherford College graduate and is believed to be the first WC graduate to be selected as the college’s president.
Farmer’s wife of 21 years, Kathleen, is also a Weatherford College graduate. The Aledo native teaches third grade at Stuard Elementary School in the Aledo ISD.
The Aledo ISD School Board has named Dr. Susan Bohn as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position.
The Board unanimously approved Bohn during a special board meeting held Thursday, April 5. By state law, the board must wait 21 days before a contract can be offered and the hiring is official.
Bohn has served as the superintendent of Lockhart Independent School District since 2015. Prior to Lockhart, she worked nine years in Lake Travis ISD as interim superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent and general counsel.
Her professional career also includes working in Fort Bend ISD as a high school teacher and as a school attorney.
The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees is responding to the national call for increased school security.
The board released a statement Tuesday, saying that beyond the security measures funded in the 2015 bond, they are considering several additional safety enhancements, including a concealed carry program, which they’ve been investigating since July of 2017. Also on the table are a student ID program, adding additional school resource officers, adding crisis intervention counselors and equipping each classroom with locked safes for safety vests, pepper spray and trauma kits.
For the entire statement, visit www.weatherfordisd.com.