Two Black HISD trustees won’t seek re-election

HISD School Board trustees Rhonda Skillern-Jones and Jolanda Jones are leaving the district drama behind and will not seek re-election. 

Skillern-Jones represents District II, which stretches from northeast to northwest Houston. She’s running for the Houston Community College board of trustees. 

Seven candidates are vying to take her spot: Katherine Blueford-Daniels, a real estate agent; Jevon German, an accountant; John Gibbs, director of constituent services for Houston Councilmember Michael Kubosh; Cristin Moses, a technology and math teacher in HISD; Michael Maloney, a coach; Chloe Short, a pilot, and Art Smith, a T-shirt printer.

Jolanda Jones, who represents District IV, which covers southern Houston, has been extremely vocal in her displeasure surrounding the board. 

Seeking to take her place are: Patricia Allen, a retired HISD teacher and principal; Matt Barnes, CEO of Educational Makeover; Larry McKinzie, an HISD science teacher, and Reagan Flowers, president and CEO of C-STEM Teacher and Student Support Services.

Board President Diana Dávila and Trustee Sergio Lira will seek re-election. In all, 13 newcomers hope to unseat them or win vacant spots on the board. The election takes place in November and, if necessary, runoff elections will take place in December.

HISD will continue with elections despite the looming possibility that Texas Education Agency will appoint a board of managers comprised of local leaders, the result of chronically low performance at Wheatley High School. 

Boards of managers in Texas typically stay in place for two to five years. If a board of managers is appointed, the trustees can remain involved as representatives without voting powers.