Involved in the non-profit sector for twenty years, Henry Dibrell has always been active in the community. A six year resident of Heritage Square, Dibrell is the husband of 18 years to Delia, the father of four Katy ISD students, a Certified Behavioral Counselor, and an ordained minister. “I credit my career to the moral influence of my parents,” says Dibrell. As Administrator of the Amobi Okoye Foundation, he has dedicated his life to helping children through education and improving their self image through achievement. His mother made it to third grade and his stepfather made it to eighth grade. “It is because my parents lacked academically that they pushed, prodded and encouraged me to get my college degree become what I am today. For this reason my heart will always encourage scholastic excellence in my children, in the children of my community, and around the world,” says Dibrell.
In a climate where voters are eager to weigh in, Dibrell has carefully considered the issue of candidacy and faith. He’s a Harris County Republican Precinct Chairman and has been active in many campaigns. He is also answering the call for Position 5 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees. “Like many conscientious Christians, I feel led to get involved. I’ve served as far back as a high school freshman and sophomore class president. I was was a member of Future Teachers of America and from that time forward, transparency in our school system has always been my concern. Our schools belong to the community and we all need total access to information in order to make sound decisions when it comes to our most precious resource – our children,” says Dibrell. The recent state cuts to education funding has put pressure on the school district, and many fear that Katy ISD teacher’s jobs are at risk. “My family and I now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office. I want to bring fresh ideas, fresh eyes and fiscal conservatism to the position. Everyone must respect that money spent by the school district is the tax payer’s.”
Dibrell’s non-profit experience has convinced him that human capital is the greatest asset. “My approach to the budget will always be that our teachers should be our first funding priority. On the frontline of education, their jobs must remain secure with cuts coming from within the administration rather than the teaching staff. I want excellent parent-driven programs in our schools – for instance, Eureka, SEEK, POWER – to be expanded for all children to access. And with a changing economy resulting in out-of-reach college tuition, I believe ROTC should be expanded to all campuses, especially since graduates can earn scholarships not available to other students. There should be even more opportunity for our kids to earn dual college credits. I will also support the best educational environment possible for special needs students with disabilities, ADHD, autism, and other physical and mental disabilities. These children should not become casualties of budget cuts.”
For Dibrell, candidacy and faith go hand-in-hand. “My faith helps me stay the course, and receiving endorsements from Christians means so much. “As the President of Katy Christian Magazine, faith and honor are important to me. Henry Dibrell is a man of great faith and honor. I feel we need more of that on the Katy ISD School Board. Therefore, I endorse Henry Dibrell for Katy ISD School Board,” says Menslage. Community Relations Director of 89.3 KSBJ Radio, Kim Kossie, also endorses Dibrell, saying “Henry Dibrell has a track record of achieving desired results. His strong business acumen, knowledge of community resources and heart for service, creates the perfect recipe for effective public service. If you want to make the right choice, choose Henry Dibrell!”
The May 14th, 2011, School Board Elections are fast approaching. To learn more about Dibrell’s conservative values and experience visit his website at henrydibrell.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.