The Lake Travis school board has called a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 12 to formally accept the resignation of trustee Alex Alexander. Mr. Alexander, currently serving the second year of a three-year team, has announced he has accepted an appointment to serve as Senior Pastor of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, effective March 18.
“This is a big transition for us, but one that we are embracing wholeheartedly as we see God's fingerprints all over it,” Mr. Alexander stated on Facebook.
Mr. Alexander was first elected to Place 3 on the Lake Travis school board in May 2010. During his tenure, trustees called two bond elections totaling more than $411 million for new construction and upgrades to district facilities and a tax ratification election to generate approximately $2.1 million in annual state revenue. All three measures were approved by voters. Mr. Alexander and his wife Wendy have two children, Caitlin and Parker—both of whom are graduates of Lake Travis High School.
“On a personal level, I am very sorry to see Alex leave, but I understand he and his family have a higher calling and purpose,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. “It has been a pleasure working alongside someone who has always had the best interest of students and staff at heart. Alex is a true champion for public education, and he will be greatly missed. I wish the very best for Alex, Wendy and their family.”
Lake Travis ISD board members are elected at-large by the registered voters within specific school district boundaries. Board members—or trustees—represent the entire school district rather than single-member positions that represent a sub-portion of the district. Each trustee is elected to serve without compensation for overlapping terms of three years each. The next uniform general election date for Lake Travis ISD is Saturday, May 5, 2018, when terms will expire for Place 1 (Guy Clayton, incumbent) and Place 2 (Lisa Johnson, incumbent). As per the Travis County Elections Division, the last day for candidates to file for a place on the general election ballot is Friday, February 16, 2018.
The Texas Election Code requires the school board to order an election as soon as practical after a vacancy occurs. As a result, and upon board action, the special election to fill Mr. Alexander’s unexpired term for Place 3 will be held in conjunction with the general election on Saturday, May 5, 2018. However, the candidate filing deadline for the special election is Monday, March 5, 2018. Anyone who has already filed for a place on the general election may withdraw and file for the special election.
The special called meeting to accept Mr. Alexander’s resignation and call for a special election will be held at the Lake Travis ISD Educational Development Center, Live Oak Room, 607 Ranch Road 620 North.
For more information, contact the Lake Travis ISD Office of Communications at (512) 533-6046.