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Katy ISD critic announces run for trustee

August 2, 2018

Sean Dolan, a parent who believes that Katy Independent School District trustees have been unresponsive to his concerns about alleged bullying of his son at school and who is a critic of the superintendent, has announced he’s running for school board.

Dolan raised questions about Superintendent Lance Hindt’s 2012 doctoral dissertation at the University of Houston when he compared it as similar to a dissertation published four years earlier by a Liberty University doctoral student in Lynchburg, Va.

After the district released a video of the board meeting at which Hindt was accused of being a bully in junior high, Dolan combined the public video with what he captured on his camera into one video.

“This provided the public with audio and camera angles that were not captured by the district’s microphones and cameras,” he said. “What went viral was a combination of my recording and the district’s recording. Because it is public domain, many copies of the video were made and shared independently.”

Hindt announced his retirement in May, two months after the bullying allegation was aired at the school board meeting.

The district’s next election will be May 2019. Two trustees on the seven-member board have terms expiring. They are Position 2 Trustee Rebecca Fox, who has served on the school board since 2004, and Position 1 Trustee George Scott, who has served on the school board since 2016.

Dolan said, “I have not yet decided which seat I will run for; that decision will primarily depend on the performance of the current board members moving forward and how aligned the board members are to my vision of restoring power back to the people of Katy.”

Dolan has used Facebook, www.facebook.com/pg/abetterlegacy/reviews, to publish comments and observations about the school district. The site has comments from both supporters and opponents.

Dolan, CEO of online marketing company PushFire, announced his candidacy on Facebook www.facebook.com/dolanforkaty.

“The KISD Board of Trustees has been controlling the narrative in Katy ISD for several years. Any movement that is contrary to the status quo and is pushing against the establishment for change, needs to afford the public the time to digest all the facts and make an informed decision,” said Dolan, a 25-year resident of Katy and a Mayde Creek High School graduate.

A regular school board attendee, Dolan has addressed trustees on issues such as attendance boundary modification in January 2012, bullying and his request for student data points being tracked in February 2018, about “the perceived lack of response from the district concerning his requests to discuss school safety” in March 2018 and school safety in May 2018.

At the April 16, 2018, meeting, district board minutes read, “Sean Dolan turned away from the podium to address the audience and, upon refusal to acknowledge the board president’s request to adhere to policy and address the board, was not allowed to complete his time before the board during open forum.”

Dolan said, “After months of observing the current Board of Trustees limit the ability of the public to have a voice in the direction of Katy ISD, to a one-way superficial three minutes per month, I have made a personal commitment to ensure that the Katy community has the opportunity for two-way engagement moving forward.

“A significant differentiation in my platform is that I am committed to keeping that two-way engagement active once the election has concluded. Today, many people from the KISD community and KISD employees communicate to me in confidence with their concerns for fear of retribution against them, or their children, if their identity was to be known. I will work to restore the public to their rightful place atop the KISD organization by providing the ability to have productive two way engagement and transparency in how Katy ISD operates.”

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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