Austin, Betancourt and Flow Elected to Board

Austin, Betancourt and Flow Elected to AISD School Board
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May 10, 2015 – Amarillo voters came to the polls this weekend and elected Incumbent Jim Austin, John Betancourt and Scott Flow to serve on the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees. For a look at the unofficial results, please check out this spreadsheet.

These elected officials will begin their terms at the May 18 Board meeting. Outgoing Board members Anette Carlisle and Jack Thompson will begin the meeting in their places on the Board, where they will be presented with engraved rocking chairs, pictures, entertainment by an elementary choir and a city resolution. The first action item at the meeting will be the oath of office for the new members, in which they will then assume their places at the Board table.

There will be a local district orientation for the new Board members with senior administrators soon after the election. The date has not yet been set.

Incumbent Jim Austin has served on the AISD Board of Trustees since 2002.  Austin is a business owner and has various business interests, from oil and gas to banking to bulk mail services.  He received his B.B.A. from Texas Tech University.  Austin has served on the Amarillo College Foundation Board, the Potter/Randall Appraisal District Review Board, the Texas Tech Medical Advisory Board, the United Way Citizens Budget Committee, and the Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church.

John Betancourt is Senior Manufacturing Resource Analyst for Bell Helicopter-Textron. Betancourt holds certificates in Supply Chain and Negotiations from Amarillo College, and Federal Contract Management and Negotiations from University of Alabama at Huntsville. He has served on the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board, Hablando Salud de la Mujer, Los Barrios de Amarillo, Aids Services of Dallas – Hispanic Outreach Team, Joint Alliance for Students, Employee Relations Committee of TTUHSC, and United Way of Amarillo & Canyon.

Scott Flow is a lawyer with Flow Law Firm PLLC, owner of Flow & Flow Investments LLC, and formerly a shareholder with SandersBaker PC. He graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a B.S.B.A., and Baylor University School of Law as Juris Doctor. He has served as a Trustee for Lubbock Christian University Board of Trustees, and is a member and teacher at Central Church of Christ.

School Trustees serve four-year terms and are at-large, representing the entire school district rather than one particular geographical area. These officials provide an important public service to the Amarillo community and serve without compensation. The Board is the district’s policy-making body. The overall purpose of the Board is to set the direction for the operation of the school district.

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