Keller school board members have a lot of work to do to fill the vacancy in Place 5 created by the departure of Lara Lee Hogg.They have been busy reviewing letters from 31 residents who are interested in a trustee appointment.“We were overwhelmed by the number of responses,” said Board President Jim Stitt.Stitt thought they might have three applicants and they would be fortunate to have ten. Never did he think they would have 31. He called it “mind boggling.” He attributed the magnitude of responses to the new Community Ambassadors program which introduces residents to the inner workings of the Keller school district. “We’re just terribly pleased with the interest,” he said.Hogg announced at the July 18 board meeting that she was stepping down due to a move out of the district. Trustees asked district residents interested in filling the seat to submit a letter and, if they wished, a resume, by Aug. 5.Stitt said that each of the remaining six trustees received copies of the 31 letters and any resumes. He requested that each board member submit their top three choices to him by Aug. 11. They likely will discuss applicants during executive session before the Aug. 15 board meeting.If trustees can come to a consensus on one candidate, they likely will offer that person the post, he said. They may or may not interview some applicants.They still may opt to not fill the vacancy or have a special election, but Stitt said, “right now, I can’t imagine not finding someone.”Place 5 is up for election in May 2014, meaning an appointee would have the seat for nine months.Stitt said he was hopeful that the board could come to some kind of decision by the Aug. 29 budget workshop.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland