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February 4, 2014

Blackard files for CISD board

Corsicana — Leah Dill Blackard is seeking a third term on the Corsicana ISD Board. Blackard has filed for re-election to the Place 2 position she has held the last six years.

Blackard, has always been an advocate for the promotion and education of Corsicana’s youth. During her last two terms, she has served as the Board’s secretary and vice-president respectively. She has served 10 years on the Corsicana Education Foundation (CEF) chairing the grants committee, serving as president, and the later as the Board of Trustees’ representative.

Blackard’s 12-year career as the Executive Director of the Navarro Council of the Arts provides her a unique perspective of education as she works closely with the administration and staff of each school to bring in arts performances that are grade level specific and match curriculum criteria.

Blackard’s roots in Corsicana run deep, as she and her family are all CHS graduates. Blackard is married to Stephen Blackard, and they two children — Reese, 11, a student at Drane Intermediate, and Dill, 5, a student at Sam Houston Elementary.

“I am so proud of our school district, including students, staff, teachers, and administrators. I believe, together as a Board, we make the best decisions for our students and staff,” she said in a statement announcing her filing.  

“It has been my honor to serve our community in this capacity. I hope to continue in my role for another term,” said Blackard.

One other seat is up for election on May 10, the Place 1 seat currently held by Kerri Anderson Donica. Donica is not seeking another term. Jason Sodd has filed to seek that post.

The filing deadline for the May election is Feb. 28.

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