Two new members, one incumbent sworn into Eanes ISD board of trustees


Two new Eanes ISD trustees were issued certificates of election May 21.

New trustees James Spradley in Place 4 and Heather Sheffield in Place 6, along with Place 7 incumbent Ellen Balthazar, also took their oaths of office.

Spradley won with 56.46% of the vote; Sheffield’s race was uncontested; and Balthazar won with 78.99% according to the Travis County Clerk.

Of total registered voters, 11.4% participated in this election.

Place 4 was vacated by Julia Webber’s resignation in December and filled by Rob Hargett, who began his temporary term in January but had served on the board previously.

Hargett, who did not seek re-election, welcomed new board members and thanked his fellow board members, district teachers and the community for its support of the $80 million bond that passed May 4.

“We have a tremendous superintendent and administrative team,” he said. “The bond’s success is a reflection of the hard work they are doing.”

Place 6’s Colleen Jones, who also did not seek re-election, said when she ran for the board in 2010 she had three goals: To hold the district fiscally responsible, to instill trust with voters and to always do what was best for the kids.

Jones said she was satisfied with her contributions and the board’s work throughout her tenure regarding those goals.

The board executive committee, which consists of a president, vice president and secretary, was also established at the meeting:

President: Jennifer Salas
Vice President: John Havenstrite
Secretary: Jason Paull

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