Royse City Independent School District Board of Trustee Don Palmer has announced that he is running for re-election in the May 13 school board election.

Palmer lives in Royse City and has been married 23 years to Jenny and we have two children, Sam, 17 and Hannah, 13. He spends a great deal of time supporting our children's activities; football, band, basketball, he said.

He also serves as a deacon for the First Baptist Church in Royse City, teaches a young adult class and has worked with the children through our Awana program.

“I participated in "Fort Fathers" and "Davis Dads", where once a week we dads, met the students out front helped the students unload backpacks, give handshakes and hugs to start everyone’s morning off right,” Palmer said.

He graduated with a masters of science in mathematics from Texas Tech University. He has worked at Raytheon Systems as a systems engineer for 20 years.

For the last six years, he has served on the RCISD Board of Trustees, including three as vice president. In 2005, he was accepted to the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards program. After a year of additional training and service, He was among 30 Trustees from around the state to be designated a master trustee.

“Service on the board requires diligent effort to work at setting district educational goals, adopting policies for standards and boundaries for operation. In each case, the board must gather available information, and then each trustee and the board as a whole are charged to take action only within our judgment and discernment.

I believe it is equally important to note valid board actions may only be taken as a body corporate. Each trustee must take on the task of obtaining consensus on difficult issues. In my judgment, this means, stating your case, honestly listening to others, then making a real effort to converge to a stance which the board stands behind.

If voters choose to grant me another term, I plan to continue my efforts to share ideas for structuring the culture of the board to keep our footing and focus while serving this changing district.

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