The Port Arthur News
After extensive discussion in closed session, the Nederland Independent School District board of trustees appointed Ron Burkhalter to the seat vacated by longtime trustee Everett Sanderson, who resigned on June 15, at a meeting Monday.
“Both candidates were excellent,” said NISD Superintendent Robert Madding. “I think the board made a good choice.’
The decision came down to Burkhalter, president and CEO of Gulf Credit Union, and Jarren Garrett, chief administrative officer at Baptist Hospitals of Orange and Beaumont.
“I’m glad I didn’t have to run against them in an open election,” said trustee Reed Richard. “Both are Nederland boys, both are raising their families here, and both are assets to the community.”
A Nederland native, Burkhalter, 52, graduated from Nederland High School in 1979 and earned a degree in business administration from Lamar University in 1984.
“I felt confident in my background that I could do well,” Burkhalter said. “But I know the other candidate real well, and he was more than qualified. I feel very blessed that they called me.”
Burkhalter will hold his position on the NISD board of trustees until May 2014, when the board again holds elections. He said he plans to run for the unexpired term. If elected or unopposed, he will fulfill the term until its expiration in May 2015.
Burkhalter said he is excited to serve the city of Nederland on the school board.
“I’m a lifelong resident and have two daughters in the school, so I know all the different issues and challenges going on in the school district,” he said. “My main goal is to fulfill the vision the school has with educating our children and equipping them to be good adults when they get into society.”