Four hopefuls are campaigning for the Dallas ISD school board District 2 seat. Voters will make their choice on Saturday, May 7.

This district hasn’t seen a contested school board race since 2002 when former trustee Jack Lowe beat out two others for the seat vacated by Roxan Staff. In many ways, the landscape has changed — in 2002 Dallas ISD still was bussing students under a desegregation order and was just beginning to allow teenagers bring their cell phones (and pagers!) onto campuses. But the future District 2 trustee, like Lowe, will be part of decisions on spending more than $1 billion from a bond package taxpayers recently approved, what to do about the high number of DISD students who don’t make it past graduation (the concern then was dropouts; now it’s graduates who aren’t college- or career-ready) and how to navigate these types of issues amid a fractious board.