KATY (Covering Katy News) – The school board election results have been certified by the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees in a process called canvassing the vote. The certification took place in a noontime meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019. Donald “Duke” Keller will be replacing George Scott who did not run for re-election, and Lance Redmon will be taking the seat of Rebecca Fox who decided to run against Keller and Sean Dolan and came in second.
“To serve the district where I went to school is very special to me and I’m looking forward to working with Lance (Redmon) and the other board members, Donald “Duke” Keller told Covering Katy News. Redmon said he was similarly humbled to be trusted by the community with a seat on the school board.
“I’m excited to serve and move-on from the campaign,” said Redmon who ran unopposed after Fox switched from running for reelection for her own Position 2 seat to attempting to win a three-way race for the Position 1 seat vacated by Scott. It was a race that drove a record amount of people to the polls who to reject Dolan’s “A Better Legacy” movement. Dolan has taken credit for forcing former Superintendent Lance Hindt to retire. At the time he quit, Hindt said his wife and daughter were harassed on social media with exceptionally vulgar messages and he wanted it to end.
Keller never entered the fray in what was a very nasty race which began with the Dolan movement forcing Hindt to resign and was followed by a large section of Katy ISD voters who were united by a common goal of defeating Dolan at the ballot box. Through the campaign, Keller stayed disciplined and focused on a positive message.
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“I think my military training helped in that. I’m used to keeping calm when things like that are happening,” Keller added.
Once on the board, Keller says he has two primary objectives.
“I want to focus on fiscal responsibility and being sure the board is as transparent as possible,” he said.
Keller is a real estate attorney and believes his experience has prepared him well for his role on the school board.
“In what I do every day I have to digest large volumes of information of material in a pretty quick manner.” Keller believes that experience will be helpful. He also cited his 20 plus years of real estate transaction negotiation experience as being helpful for a district that is frequently buying and selling property.
“It’s quite an honor to be trusted by my hometown to do this,” Keller said.
Redmon says his experience will be helpful too. He’s a local businessman who has made tough decisions and knows there will be difficult choices ahead as a member of the school board.
“At some point, there are going to be attendance boundary modifications and that will mean that kids will not go to school with their friends.”
“I have been responsible for hiring people, firing people, personnel decisions, budgets, starting new budgets, closing companies down and those are a lot of what the district does.”
Both men will be sworn in at next week’s school board meeting.
“I’m excited to work with them,” said board president Courtney Doyle. “I think they are going to be a great asset to our district,” she added.
“Mr. Redmon with his business background and his family background and having lived in Katy all his life and having a teacher as a wife,” are some of the reason’s Doyle feels he will be a strong board member.
“Mr. Keller with his military and law background, he brings a totally different skill set to this job with policy setting and laws, I think he’s going to be a wealth of knowledge,” Doyle said.
“I’m thankful for the board members (Fox and Scott) who have left us this year. Both were great board members,” Doyle added.
Redmon and Keller will take the oath at the next board meeting Monday, May 21, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.