Eric Fort said he learned that he had been elected to the Place 4 seat on the Royse City Independent School District’s Board of Trustees when he got a call Saturday night from new Superintendent Kevin Worthy.

    “I thanked him so much,” Fort said of the congratulatory call. “That was truly professional.”

    Fort said he didn’t know before the call that he was victorious with 72.16 percent of the vote. His opponent in the race was Joseph Bennett, who received 27.84 percent of the vote.

    He had planned to keep track of the returns, Fort said, but got busy with some other important matters.

    “I couldn’t believe it. Wow,” Fort said of his victory. “I am so grateful.”

    Fort said he’s ready to begin doing his part to build on the “wonderful” RCISD programs that are in place now.

     He added that he also wants to explore ways to bring in more revenue to ease the financial burden on RCISD taxpayers.

    A special meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday for school board members to canvass votes cast in the election.

    Fort is a paralegal for the Office of the Public Defender in Fort Worth.

    Dr. Rhonda Phillips-Black is the outgoing Place 4 board member. She has been a member of the school board since 2000.

    Don Palmer of Place 3 and Charles Carroll of Place 5 were unopposed in the bids for re-election.


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