Eanes ISD to discuss whether to postpone its May 2 election in light of COVID-19

An action item to potentially postpone the May 2 trustee election is listed on the Eanes ISD March 31 meeting agenda. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
An action item to potentially postpone the May 2 trustee election is listed on the Eanes ISD March 31 meeting agenda. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

An action item to potentially postpone the May 2 trustee election is listed on the Eanes ISD March 31 meeting agenda. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Eanes ISD board of trustees will meet digitally for its regular board meeting March 31 due to district closures caused by coronavirus.

During that meeting trustees will take action on its May 2 general election, in which Place 1, Place 2 and Place 3 were set to appear on the ballot.

The discussion follows a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott on March 18 urging political subdivisions, including school districts, to postpone elections until Nov. 3 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to EISD information, the Texas Association of School Boards has provided districts with guidance, explaining that while postponement is an option, the action requires board approval.

TASB also suggests this decision be made as soon as possible and after consulting with the district’s appropriate county.



Place 1 is held by Christie Bybee; Place 2 is held by secretary of the board Jason Paull; and Place 3 is held by Vice President John Havenstrite. Neither Bybee nor Paull filed for a place on the ballot.

Havenstrite is running unopposed, as is resident Laura Clark for Place 2. Members of the EISD community John Troy and Kim McMath are both running for Place 1.

Trustees will take action on the potential postponement of the election during Tuesday’s board meeting, but a postponement will not affect the district’s election schedule in future years.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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