Allen Wells, a 2000 graduate from Splendora High School and a fourth-generation resident of Splendora, is announcing his candidacy for Splendora ISD’s board of trustees. He is seeking Position 5 on the board.
Wells believes his work as an operations manager in the oil and gas industry has given him valuable experience in establishing budgets and budget priorities.
“I am involved with developing company policies, marketing and design. I have a proven ability to manage projects in a collaborative manner within budget and deadline. Every day I manage costs, create efficiencies and manage operations in an effective manner,” Wells said. “My professional experience would make me a valuable and effective member of the board.”
His philosophy is that education is how people prepare for the world, and the preparation should begin at the earliest levels of life.
“Therefore, I believe in evaluating administrators and educators, not only by test scores, but also by their effectiveness to create an environment where children thrive and succeed in the classroom and in society,” he said. “As a board member, I would work with administrators to support innovative programs and lessons that promote growth and a positive, forward-thinking learning environment.”
Wells supports career and technical education, and says that skills-based training is important for all students, especially the 58 percent of high school graduates who do not go on to higher education.
“Two years ago, I began actively recruiting graduates who participated in the Career and Technical education classes. To date, I have hired multiple graduates from Splendora ISD with certifications earned through Splendora ISD Career and Technical Education Department,” he said. “As a board member, I would like to use my professional experience to collaborate with stakeholders at every level to develop an official recruitment program for students with skills-based training to enter the workforce and be successful members of society.”
Student and school district employee safety is another concern for Wells, who vows to support having staff and educators trained in safety and crisis preparedness.
“I support increasing supervision at lunch and after-hours events, having more supervision at strategic entry points and restricting who enters the school for non-vital events. I would also support secondary classroom activated alarm systems in case of emergencies and the continuation and of vital programs that the new ISD police chief is implementing,” he said.
Wells and his wife of 14 years, Shellie, have two children, Wade, 10, and Allie, 7. Both attend Greenleaf Elementary. He is the current treasurer for the Splendora FFA Alumni, a nonprofit that helps support the students involved with the Splendora FFA and Junior FFA.
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