Billy Myers, soon to become the newest member of the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees, has lived in the community his entire life. He graduated in 2010 from Denair High School, where during his junior and senior years he was the student representative on the board at a perilous financial time for the district.
“It was a rough time,” Myers recalled. “I was in board meetings until 1 or 2 in the morning.”
Fortunately, the district survived that difficult period and now finds itself in an era of growing enrollment, a balanced budget with a healthy reserve, and far more stability among staff and administrators.
“I see a lot of positivity. I want to keep that ball rolling,” said Myers, who won election to the board in November and will be formally sworn in at the Dec. 8 meeting. He replaces Regina Gomes, who did not seek re-election after one term.
Myers’ connections to Denair run deep. His parents and grandmother still live in the community. He is a past president of and remains active in the Denair Lions Club. He served on the Municipal Advisory Council for eight years. His younger brother is a student at Denair Charter Academy.
Joining the school board seemed like a natural way to continue his community service.
“The good thing about coming in at this period is that I don’t see anything that’s an immediate issue that needs to change,” Myers said. “There are a lot of good things happening in the district.”
Along with his family, Myers owns Myers Trucking Company in Turlock. He also is the Chief Financial Officer of the California Tow Truck Association. He has a degree in accounting from CSU Stanislaus. That business background gives Myers an appreciation of and an ability to analyze the district’s budget, but he said he doesn’t have any specific goals as he begins his board tenure.
“The biggest think is knowing I serve the people of Denair and their interests,” he said. “I want to keep the lines of communications open. When there is contention, it’s often because people aren’t in the loop and don’t know what’s going on.”
Thursday’s Denair Unified meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the board leadership room.