Leander ISD school board member Jim MacKay announces resignation

MacKay has served with the Leander ISD school board as Place 5 representative since 2016. (Courtesy/Leander ISD)
MacKay has served with the Leander ISD school board as Place 5 representative since 2016. (Courtesy/Leander ISD)

MacKay has served with the Leander ISD school board as Place 5 representative since 2016. (Courtesy/Leander ISD)

Leander ISD trustee Jim MacKay is resigning from the board of trustees, according to a Sept. 13 news release.

The board of trustees held a special meeting Sept. 13 to discuss MacKay’s resignation and the next steps to fill the Place 5 vacancy. MacKay began his first term with the board Nov. 2016 and won re-election in Nov. 2020. His current term was set to expire in 2024. Since he had more than a year left in his term, the board is legally required to fill the vacancy within 180 days. The board has two options to fill the vacancy: either call a special election or appoint a board member. The board did not make a decision on which option they would choose during the meeting.


According to attorney and board counsel Holly Wardell, it may be too late to put the item on the ballot for this November election, but a special election can be called on any date that is not a traditional election date. The shared cost with the county for the Nov. 2020 election was $153,797, Wardell said.

“There is a significant cost associated with (an election),” Wardell said. “I have not been able to come up with an exact cost. We would have to work with the county and get an agreement to borrow their voting machines.”

MacKay was not present at the special meeting and the board nor MacKay disclosed his reasons for his resignation.
By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.



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