Katy school board trustee contributes to campaign opposing fellow trustee

April 25, 2017 GMT

Katy ISD school board trustee Charles Griffin donated $267 toward the campaign of businessman Bill Lacy, who is running against incumbent trustee Henry Dibrell for position 5 on the board in the May 6 election, according to Lacy’s 30-day campaign finance report.

The contribution signals further infighting between Dibrell and board members such as Griffin and George Scott, who have opposed Dibrell for some time now due partly due to disagreements regarding board policies and procedures.

Months ago, Dibrell led an effort for Katy ISD to join a pro-public school district coalition named One Voice for Texas Public Ed., which several area districts such as Fort Bend ISD have joined. But Dibrell broke board policy by doing this without the consent of other trustees, Scott and Griffin said. While Dibrell does not believe he did anything wrong, the issue escalated tension between trustees.

Trustees Bryan Michalsky and Rebecca Fox are the only Katy board members on the seven-member board to have publicly endorsed Dibrell. Scott said he would also be financially contributing to Lacy’s campaign, saying he has “lost respect” for Dibrell.

In an email, Griffin said Lacy “has attended school board meetings over the past year and has stayed informed … I’m excited to see how he can help out our teachers, our taxpayers and our students with his fresh ideas.”

Dibrell said he does not care about Griffin or Scott’s actions.

“People can do what they want with their finances,” he said.

Lacy, a loan officer, filed to run in last year’s election but dropped out for unclear reasons. Since filing to run in February, he said he’s fully committed to the election now and is hoping to bring more business expertise to the board.

Dibrell, who has served on the board since 2011 and represents Katy ISD at the Texas Association of School Boards, has built his campaign on an anti-standardized testing agenda.

Here are the races in the Katy ISD school board election

Position 3: Incumbent Ashley Vann faces challengers David Vasquez and Candace Perkins

Position 4: Incumbent Courtney Doyle faces challenger Carlos Young

Position 5: Incumbent Henry Dibrell faces challenger Bill Lacy

To read the Chronicle’s profiles of each candidate, visit http://bit.ly/2017KISDElection.

For candidate campaign reports, visit http://bit.ly/KISDCandidates.