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OAKWOOD ISD SCHOOL BOARD


The Oakwood Independent School Board is comprised of seven members of our community who volunteer their time and talents and work diligently to bring about the best possible educational opportunities for our students. Their efforts include the construction of policies and procedures, hiring and retaining quality educators and staff, and encouraging parental involvement. Please meet these dedicated servant leaders.

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Mack Botard
President
Term: May 2017–2020
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Mr. Botard has served on the OISD board since 2001. He is a graduate of Sheridan High School and the University of Texas in Austin. Mr. Botard is a retired elementary school principal and enjoys traveling, ranching, and spending time with his wife, Shelley, and son, Brent. He decided to run for the board because “I wanted to serve the community and believe OISD is a fantastic school district.”
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Michael Thomason
Vice President
Term: May 2018–2021
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Mr. Thomason has served on the OISD board since 2013. He is a graduate of MacArthur High School in Houston and is a U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Thomason is the proud owner of Ranger Heat & Air and has been in business for the past 32 years. In addition, he writes a weekly column in the Palestine Herald Press called “Near As I Can Tell.” He and his wife Judy have four kids: Jennifer, Christina, Scott, and Steven, and six grandkids. He decided to serve on the board because “I felt the need to help guide OISD through tough times.” Mr. Thomason enjoys taking naps and going to sleep.
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Corbin Pettiette
Secretary
Term: May 2017–2020
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Mr. Pettiette has served on the OISD board since 2013. He is a 2006 graduate of Oakwood ISD. Corbin is married to Brittany and they have four children: Eli, Bentley, Laramie, and Korbyn. He has worked for Union Pacific Railroad for the past 10 years and enjoys hunting and spending time with family.
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Dave Bellow
Member
Term: May 2019–2022
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Mr. Bellow has served on the OISD board since 2018. He is a graduate of General H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. Dave has served as the executive vice president of Bell-Mann Corporation for the past 44 years. In addition, he is the owner of D. Bellow Investors and Oakwood Outfitters. Mr. Bellow has three children (Jason Bellow, Michael Bellow, and Brandy Spinks) and five grandchildren. When asked why he chose to serve on the board Dave stated, “I want to see Oakwood grow and prosper and help every student at OISD have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and succeed."
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Terry Johnson
Member
Term: May 2018–2021
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Mr. Johnson has served on the OISD board since 2008. He is a 1992 Oakwood graduate and has worked for Leon County for the past 24 years. Terry and his wife have three kids: Terry, Kortney, and Katterra. He enjoys working and helping people. He decided to run for the board because “I graduated from Oakwood and wanted to serve on the board.”

Derek Lancaster
Member
Term: May 2019–2022
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Mr. Lancaster has served on the OISD board since 2010. He is a 1982 graduate of Teague High School and has worked as a quality control manager for Long Industries for the past 11 years. Derek has 3 kids: Starla Goldade (master’s degree in healthcare administration), Candice Corley (2006 Oakwood Valedictorian), and Heather Young (2013 Oakwood Valedictorian). He enjoys hunting and outdoor activities.
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Jason Milligan
Member
Term: May 2019–2022
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Mr. Milligan was appointed to the OISD board in 2018 and is a proud Oakwood Panther graduate. He and his wife Rachel have a third grader named Jaslen. He decided to serve on the board “To look out for the future of our children.”

You are welcome to attend our school board meetings on the last Monday of each month (except for holidays). Join us in the Oakwood ISD board room at 6:00 p.m.

Important Board Information

The next school board election will be on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Early voting will take place in the Oakwood ISD Administrative Building and regular voting will occur in the Oakwood ISD cafeteria.

The opening day to file for board candidacy is January 15, 2020, with a deadline of February 14, 2020. All interested candidates must reside in the district and submit an application form by the required deadline. Applications are available in the Oakwood ISD administrative offices.

Feel free to email info@oakwoodisd.net for additional school information.