Corsicana — Blooming Grove ISD has two positions open this spring, and five contenders for those seats.
The two incumbents are Tim Campbell and Micah Haden, both of whom are seeking reelection. The challengers are T.C. Lawhon, Tommy McAnally, and John Paul Plemons.
All of the candidates insist they want the schools to improve, that they strive for excellence, but this is Texas, so in this particular contested race at least one of the important issues is football.
Earlier this year, the school board board decided not to extend the contract for head football coach and athletic director Gary Grubbs. This despite the fact that the football team has done well in the last two years. However, the specifics of his review aren't open record, and it was discussed in closed executive session.
What's public is that none of the board members made a motion to extend the contract. Grubbs still has one year left on his current contract.
Of the five contenders for the school board, most declined to go on the record one way or another about the AD's contract. Those who were in on the executive session said the decision was justified, although it's a personnel issue and they declined to give specifics.
School and city elections are May 10. Early voting begins April 28.
The Blooming Grove candidates, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Tim Campbell, 52, has one child currently in Blooming Grove schools, although his older two children also graduated from Blooming Grove High School, as did Tim, and his father, and grandfather. Tim graduated in 1980. He is a CPA and owns Top Notch Personnel in Corsicana.
Although he took one year off in there, Campbell has served about a dozen years on the school board in four three-year terms.
“I just want to give something back to the community,” he said. “When I make a decision, I make the best I can for the kids. I put them first.”