Eanes ISD trustee candidates to discuss diversity in town hall

Eanes ISD board of trustees candidates will participate in a town hall focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eanes ISD board of trustees candidates will participate in a town hall focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Eanes ISD board of trustees candidates will participate in a town hall focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Four Eanes ISD board of trustees candidates will participate in a virtual town hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion within the district.

Candidates include Kim McMath and John Troy, who are running for the Place 1 seat occupied by Christie Bybee, who did not seek re-election. The town hall will also feature Laura Clark, who is running an uncontested race for Place 2, which is currently held by trustee Jason Paull.

Current board member John Havenstrite, who is running an uncontested re-election campaign for Place 3, will also participate in the event.

The town hall discussion aims to address how each candidate will diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, within the district.

EISD officials committed to engaging in DEI work after students, alumni and community members detailed problematic behavior within the district. In July, Dr. Mark Gooden was approved as EISD’s first DEI consultant. Since then, officials have pledged to examine curricula, hiring practices and other policies.


The town hall is open to all community members and will be hosted by Chaps for Anti-Racist Eanes, or C.A.R.E., a community group led by Westlake High School alumni.

C.A.R.E launched in June to advocate for an anti-racist school system and to ensure all students and families, especially those of color, are able to pursue an excellent education, as stated on the group’s website.

The free town hall can be accessed through Zoom. Community members may submit questions prior to the event.
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.