Grant Gutierrez, President (Place 2)
Grant Gutierrez was first elected to the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees on May 10, 2014. Mr. Gutierrez served as the Secretary of the Board from 2016-2018, President from 2018-2020, and re-elected to serve as president by his fellow trustees on May 17, 2021. He is a long-time resident of Bastrop County graduating from Bastrop High School in 1999. Mr. Gutierrez’s education includes a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Accounting from Texas A&M University. His wife, Krystel, is a certified Texas Public School Teacher and Librarian and their daughters, Arabella, Emeline, and Penelope attend Smithville ISD schools.
Mr. Gutierrez is the Chief Financial Officer and Controller at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. He is an active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
The Gutierrez family is passionate about the benefits of public education and the role it serves in our rural communities. His family taught him about the responsibility of giving back to your community through service for the greater good of all. Mr. Gutierrez is proud to serve Smithville ISD and looks forward to many great things ahead.
Candice Parsons, Vice-President (Place 5)
Candice Parsons was elected to the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees on May 7, 2016. Mrs. Parsons was elected as Vice-President in 2020 and re-elected as vice-preseident by her fellow trustees at the May 17, 2021, Regular Board Meeting.
Mrs. Parsons is a 1994 graduate of Smithville High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. As a graduate of SISD and a former teacher in the school system, Mrs. Parsons wants the community, students, and SISD employees to be proud to be a part of SISD.
Mrs. Parsons works for Agilent Technologies, Inc. in the Regulatory Affairs Department - Genomics Division. She is an active member of First Baptist Church in Smithville and serves as the Women’s Ministry Leader.
Mrs. Parsons and her husband Todd have 3 children, Carlee, Tanner, and Chandler, all of whom attend Smithville ISD schools. As a former educator in Smithville ISD, Mrs. Parsons feels it is important for teachers to have someone on the board who can be a voice for them and their needs. Having worked as an educator she has a first-hand view of where teachers are and a different level of understanding when it comes to their requests, concerns, etc. As a parent of 3 children that attend SISD on multiple campuses, she can relate well to parents and their children and be a voice for them also.
Mrs. Parsons feels there are many other purposes that are also important in serving as a SISD Trustee such as financial stability of SISD, a positive relationship with the city and community, and good morale among all employees of SISD.
Nancy Towry, Secretary (Place 3)
Nancy Towry was elected to the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees on May 5, 2018. Mrs. Towry served as Secretary of the Board from 2020-2021 and re-elected as secretary by her fellow trustees at the May 17, 2021, Regular Board Meeting.
Mrs. Towry earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University. She and her husband Chris have two children, Sarah and Colton, both of whom attend Smithville ISD schools.
Mrs. Towry has been involved with the community serving on various boosters clubs and is currently serving as the President of the Smithville Education Foundation.
She previously worked as an inside sales engineer before deciding to be a stay at home mom raising their 2 children and dedicating her time to volunteering she wants what is best for all students in the school district and is willing to give of her time to make that possible.
Chris Hinnant (Place 1)
Alan Hemphill (Place 4)
Alan Hemphill was elected to the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees May 9, 2009. Mr. Hemphill was previously elected to serve as vice president in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, and again in 2018 and president in 2020.
Mr. Hemphill was born and raised in Smithville graduating from Smithville High School in 1980. Mr. Hemphill’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University (currently Texas State University). His wife, Kim, is a certified Texas Public School Teacher and Librarian. Their daughters Kasey and Hayli are graduates of Smithville ISD schools. Alan and Kim’s daughter Brooklyn currently attends Smithville ISD schools.
Mr. Hemphill is the Director of Purchasing for Vintage Homes. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Smithville and has supported many organizations within the Smithville ISD system. Alan has also volunteered as a counselor for a foster care camp and has judged many UIL and DECA events.
He has a desire to do what he can for the betterment of the school and community that he grew up in and is proud to call his alma mater.
Mike Davis, Jr. (Place 6)
Mike Davis, Jr. was elected to the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees Monday 7, 2016. Mr. Davis served as the vice president for one term from 2017 - 2018. Mr. Davis is currently serving in Place 6 which is the same place held by his father Mike Davis, Sr. (who held the place from May 1996 to November 2003).
Mr. Davis was born and raised in Smithville and is a 1997 graduate of Smithville High School. He has six children, Daucie, Michael, Corbin, Keaton, Kylie, and Anson, of which his school-age children are attending Smithville ISD schools.
Mr. Davis attended the Austin Community College Fire Academy. He is the Battalion Chief of Training for the Cedar Park Fire Department and currently holds certification as an EMT-B, Advanced Firefighter, and numerous other fire-related state certifications.
He wants children in the district to have the same opportunities that were afforded to him and his peers to become successful which he feels is in part due to the education and values instilled by his Smithville teachers and coaches.
Howard Burns, Jr. (Place 7)
Howard Burns, Jr. was originally elected to the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees in April of 1982 and served until May 1985. Mr. Burns was re-elected to the board on May 6, 1995. During his tenure on the board he has been elected to serve as the Secretary and the President. He served as the secretary of the board from 2000 – 2002, 2014, and President of the Board from 2015 - 2017 consecutive terms.
Mr. Burns and wife Mary have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Their children, as well as, 3 of their grandchildren (Lane, Brooke, and Addison Otto) have, or are, attending Smithville Schools.
Mr. Burns was born and raised in Smithville and attended schools here graduating in 1969. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Mr. Burns is a Certified Public Accountant which he currently holds in ‘retired’ status.
Prior to retirement, Mr. Burns was employed for 41 years by the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department, primarily as an Internal Revenue Agent and Appeals Officer. He has served on various community organizations including church boards, Smithville Little League, and the Smithville Hospital Board.
Mr. Burns serves as a SISD Trustee for the purpose of providing the best educational opportunities possible for the children of the community and school district within the confines of the resources that are available to the school district.
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections. This means local governments now have the ability to postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020.
"I strongly encourage local election officials to take advantage of these waivers and postpone their elections until November," said Governor Abbott. "Right now, the state's focus is responding to COVID-19 — including social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort."
Under Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Governor suspended Sections 41.0052(a) and (b) of the Texas Election Code and Section 49.103 of the Texas Water Code to the extent necessary to allow political subdivisions to move their elections for 2020 only to the next uniform date, occurring on November 3, 2020. The Governor also suspended Sections 31.093 and 42.0621(c) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require all county election officers to contract to furnish election services with political subdivisions if requested by these subdivisions. Only political subdivisions have authority to postpone these elections, but the Governor’s suspensions allow political subdivisions to postpone the elections and strongly encourages them to do so.
In conjunction with today’s action, Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs is releasing an election advisory providing guidance for political subdivisions on the process of postponing their May 2nd elections. Read the Texas Secretary of State's Election Advisory.