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AISD trustee appointment date will stay the same

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Arguing that the empty Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees seat should be filled as quickly as possible to weigh in on important decisions like the upcoming bond election, Trustee Jayme Mathias suggested that the board appoint a District 6 trustee sooner than the current deadline of June 12. “We are also kicking off graduations next week,” Mathias said at Monday’s board meeting. “It would seem to be a tremendous gift for those school communities (to have their district trustee).” The board is scheduled to interview Alejandro Delgado, Geronimo Rodriguez Jr. and Glen Shield on May 30. Trustee Ann Teich disagreed with the suggestion, saying that it would be inappropriate to deny the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which had scheduled a candidate forum for June 1, a chance to interview the prospective trustees. “I would like to defer to that community’s wishes, and I would like to respect those wishes,” she said. After discussion, no motion was made, and so the calendar will remain as is.

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