Board approves superintendent's medical leave, appoints acting superintendent

Dr. Brad Lancaster will be on medical leave beginning Feb. 21.

Dr. Brad Lancaster will be on medical leave beginning Feb. 21.

Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster announced January 16 he is scheduled to have open heart surgery next month. As a result, the school board named Deputy Superintendent Holly Morris-Kuentz as acting superintendent, serving in Dr. Lancaster’s absence beginning February 21.

“Over the past 12 years I have seen a cardiologist to monitor a leaky heart valve, known as mitral valve prolapse.,” wrote Dr. Lancaster in a letter to parents. “Fortunately for me, this condition has been without noticeable symptoms, but has grown progressively worse over time.  We have been monitoring this condition with the understanding that it would eventually require surgery. According to my cardiologist, the time has come for either a valve repair or replacement.  Due to the nature of the surgery, I will be unavailable for several weeks. I have an excellent local cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon, am in reasonably good shape, and am optimistic about a quick recovery,”