Holland claims Huntsville ISD seat

Ken Holland beat out long-time Huntsville ISD Board of Trustee member Patrick Antwi in a decisive election on Tuesday.

Holland secured 63.9 percent of the vote, while Antwi held 36.1 percent.

“I’m really excited,” Holland said. “Whenever you do something for the first time, you never know how it will turnout. Early voting was high and I felt confident about that. I felt it set the stage for the night.”

One of Holland’s first agenda items will be with helping the district grow and rebuild, following a failing grade on the State Accountability Test a few months ago.

“I have had a great time meeting with people and talking about the school district and what we can do,” Holland added. “I’m very excited about where the district is going with the leadership of Superintendent Scott Sheppard. The work of Dr. Sheppard and the things they already have been able to do is encouraging.”

To date, the schools have already been removed from improvement required status, but the district is still following the guidelines to keep HISD on the right track.

“The community wanted change,” Holland said. “I did not run against someone, I ran to be on the board. There are a lot of positive things going on and I want to be part of the decision-making process.”

Following the first contested HISD race in five years, Holland’s message was about unity and coming together as a community.

“It will take all of us to make this district what I know it can be,” Holland added.