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Meet the Trustees

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Dereck Borders - [email protected]

Place: 1
Term Began: 2008/Term Expires 2026
Moved to Kilgore: 1976

Graduated from: Kilgore High School in 1980
Graduated from: Texas A & M with a BS in Biomedical Science
Occupation: Senior Plant Operator – Tenaska Gateway Power Plant
Spouse: Beverly

Spouse Occupation: Registrar at Chandler Elementary School
Children:   Chelsi (KHS Class of 2010) Sydni (KHS Class of 2016)

Interesting Fact: Taxidermist by trade;

Collect, restore, and show antique tractors and farm equipment 

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I have a real passion for kids, especially those less fortunate and from homes that have social issues, and our teachers need our support to provide the best environment to change these kids’ lives.


Dereck Borders


Jason Smith - [email protected]

Place: 2
Term Began 2020/Term Expires 2026

Moved to Kilgore: 1978

Graduated from: Kilgore High School in 1996
Graduated from: Kilgore College with an Associates of Science degree; Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Occupation: Safety Manager at Tyler Pipe

Spouse: Tracey

Spouse Occupation: 4th Grade Math & Science Teacher at Kilgore Intermediate School

Children: Morgan (KHS Class of 2025)

Community Involvement: Deacon and Usher Chairman at Forest Home Baptist Church

Interesting Fact: I have been a part of the Ragin' Red Broadcasting team covering Kilgore High School Football on the radio since 2010.

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I want our schools to provide a supportive learning environment that will allow our students, faculty, and staff to thrive in working to reach their full potentials as individuals and as a district.  Working together, Kilgore ISD will be able to provide a safe and encouraging environment where achievements are celebrated and a culture of continuous improvement is fostered.

Jason Smith


Alan Clark - [email protected]

Term Began 2018/Term Expires 2024
Born & Raised in Kilgore

Graduated from: Kilgore High School in 1998
Graduated from: Arkansas State University with a Business Administration degree
Occupation: VP of Commercial Lending at VeraBank
Spouse: Meggan

Spouse Occupation: Teacher – Kilgore Primary School

Children:  Cade (Class of 2025) Cooper (Class of 2028) Caylee: (Class of 2030)

Community Involvement: East Texas Oil Men's Golf Association Board Member, KISD Education Foundation Board Member

Interesting Fact: In 2008, I represented the Texas Golf Association in International Team event in Argentina with some of the best amateur golfers from all over the world

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I want to help provide an exceptional educational opportunity for ALL students at KISD.
Alan Clark

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Reggie Henson - [email protected]
Place: 4
Term Began 2012/Term Expires 2024
Moved to Kilgore: 1994

Graduated from: West Rusk High School in 1983
Graduated from: Kilgore College with an Associates of Business degree
Occupation: Self Employed -  E Tex Gasket
Spouse: Sandra (KHS Class of 1987)
Children:   Lakisha (KHS Class of 2004) Daytrian (KHS Class of 2013) Adrian (KHS Class of 2017)

Community Involvement: Kilgore Youth Basketball, Kilgore Youth Football, KHS Football Boosters
Interesting Fact: I enjoy the volunteer work that I do for the schools that will help students and staff in whatever area they may need 

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I want to help our schools strive to be schools of purpose by ensuring that every student, teacher, food service worker, custodian, nurse, counselor, bus driver, maintenance worker, and administrator has a safe working environment as well as adhering to the vision and motto of KISD.
Reggie Henson

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Lloyd Vanderwater - [email protected]

Place: 5
Term Began 2019/Term Expires 2025
Born & Raised in Kilgore

Graduated from: Kilgore High School in 1987
Graduated from: Kilgore College with an Associates of Applied Science in Science degree
Occupation: CFO – Drover Energy Services, LLC
Spouse: Jessica (KHS Class of 1996)

Spouse Occupation: Insurance
Children:  Carley (KHS Class of 2022)

Community Involvement: First Baptist Church Member

Interesting Fact: Served in the US Army

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I want to serve the district and community ensuring students, faculty, and administrators have the best of what they need to be successful.
Lloyd Vanderwater

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Rachel Harrington - [email protected]

Place: 6
Term Began 2022/Term Expires 2025
Born and Raised in Waco, TX

Graduated from: Midway High School in Waco, TX 
Graduated from: Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Social Work; University of Alabama with a Masters of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling
Occupation: Program Manager with Community Healthcore, Counselor for Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center, Ad Hoc Instructor for Kilgore Police Academy
Spouse: Craig
Children:   Ella (KHS Class of 2033)

Community Involvement: Sexual Assault Response Team of Gregg County, Children's Committee and Welcome Committee at First Baptist Church of Kilgore, Active Supporter of CASA

Interesting Fact: I play the piano

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I would like there to be cohesion between the community and Kilgore ISD.  It's important that the community and schools work closely as the district largely sets the tone for community.  It is also important that our schools set a high standard in terms of education, athletics, extracurricular, and continuing education.  This is done by staff retention and recognition as well as supporting our students to excel in whatever area they are able to shine.
Rachel Harrington


Dana Sneed - [email protected]

Place: 7
Term Began 2019/Term Expires 2025
Moved to Kilgore: 1957

Graduated from: Kilgore High School in 1975
Graduated from: Stephen F. Austin State University with BA in Political Science and MA in History
Occupation: Retired Teacher/Coach from KISD & Owner of Kilgore Community Airfield

Community Involvement: Helping Hands Volunteer, Danville Methodist Church Member & Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation Member

Interesting Fact: I fly a WWII military biplane I built with no instructions

Vision for Kilgore ISD: I want to see KISD become a beacon for Kilgore that everyone wants to be a part of and that is renowned for developing well-rounded, conscientious, productive young citizens of the future.

Dana Sneed