Welding Files for LISD School Board

Date 2013/2/15 0:20:00 | Topic: Lewisville ISD Notes

Dr. Mark Welding, 46, a Highland Village Optometrist, has filed today to run for Place 3 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. A native of Iowa, Welding has lived in the district for three years, and resided in Texas for the last 19. He has operated a local vision care practice for the last 15 years.

Place 3 is the seat left vacant after Trustee Jeff Knapp moved out of the district and resigned last year. Welding will face Paige Shoven, who is also seeking the seat.

Welding's community service includes the LISD Bond Oversight committee and LISD Student Health Advisory Council, which he chairs.

Welding uses his is the founder of the Christian Community Action Eye Clinic and provides free services through this program. He is also the founder of the 20/20 Caring Program for LISD students, a district-wide program providing free eye exams and glasses to students in need. He also contributes his talents to the children’s vision screening programs of area Lions Clubs.

Welding is a current member and past board member of Flower Mound Rotary Club, a past board member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and a board member of New Horizon Foster Ranch;.

One of Welding’s goals, he says, is to address the continued rapid growth in certain areas of the district, while maintaining the district's reputation in older areas where growth has slowed.

“Every community in the district needs the board’s attention, not just certain pockets,” said Welding, “and I am committed to serving all areas in a fair and equal manner.”

Public school finance is something that Welding would like to focus on.
“LISD needs to remain vigilant,” he said, “in order to continue to fund our schools now and into the future, we must be fiscally responsible. At the same time we need to educate our students with the best teachers, technology and facilities.”

Welding graduated from Iowa State University and the University of Houston School of Optometry. He lives in Highland Village with his wife Andrea, a fifth grade teacher in LISD, and his stepson Zack.

Welding says his commitment to the students of LISD and to the community is evidenced by his dedication and service for more than a decade.

“I look forward to serving with this great group of board members,” states Welding. “I’m excited to run for this position and ask for the community’s support as we work to keep this district one of the best in Texas.”

Originally posted 2/14 - Updated 2/18.

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This article comes from The Lewisville Texan Journal

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