Three School Board Positions Up for Reelection

Three School Board Positions Up for Reelection

March 5, 2015 – Three positions on the seven-member Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees are up for reelection. As of the February 27 filing deadline, four individuals, including incumbent Jim Austin, announced their candidacy for the three at-large positions. Other candidates are John Betancourt, Vianey Valdez Earthman and Scott Flow. Election Day is Saturday, May 9.

Each of the three open positions is a four-year term and is at-large, representing the entire school district rather than one particular geographical area. Cumulative voting will be used in the school board election, which means each voter has up to three votes to cast. Voters may cast their three votes in any combination for the candidate or candidates of their choice. Cumulative voting has been used to elect AISD school trustees since 2000.

Current Trustees Jack Thompson and Anette Carlisle will not seek reelection.

Thompson is the most senior member of the Board, serving since 1980. A long-time supporter of education, Thompson has also served as a member of the Amarillo Education Foundation Board of Directors and on various advisory committees for the district. He received an Honorary Life Membership in Texas PTA in 2001, and was awarded the title of Master Trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards in 1997.

Carlisle has served on the Board since 1996. A strong proponent of educational attainment for all, Carlisle is a founding member and director of Panhandle Twenty/20, a consultant for the Amarillo Area Foundation, and a driving force behind initiatives like No Excuses Opportunity Conferences and the Partners for Post-Secondary Success grant programs.

School Trustees 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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