Dripping Springs district seeks applicants to fill vacant trustee seat


The Dripping Springs school district is seeking applicants to fill the board seat vacated by former Trustee Shelly Reeves in June.

Reeves, who was elected in 2010, said she resigned her position due to health issues.

Board members decided to appoint a replacement for the remainder of term, which expires May 2019, rather than call for an election. The trustees are accepting applications for the at-large board seat by 4 p.m. July 16.

They will then review the applicant pool and will conduct interviews in closed session between July 17 and Aug. 17. The board is expected to vote on the replacement at the Aug. 20 meeting.

The 6,464-student district two months ago held an election, in which voters narrowly approved a $132 million school bond package and re-elected three incumbents to their board seats.

The May election cost the district $5.9 million, one of the factors the board considered when choosing to make an appointment.

“The general feeling wsa that it would be costly to hold a special election, but we did not want to leave the seat open for 11 months with as much important business as there is before the district,” said board President Carrie Kroll.

Among the board position requirements, school board applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18, a school district resident for six months and a state resident for one year.

The applicants also must answer various questions, including why they seek the position, the type of volunteer work they performed within the district, and the most significant challenge they believe faces the district.

Applications can be emailed to Sheila.Lamb@dsisdtx.us, faxed to 512-858-3099, delivered in person to 510 W. Mercer St., or mailed to P.O. Box 479, Dripping Springs, TX, 78620.



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