The New Braunfels board of trustees met Sept. 12 to consider appointing a trustee to fill the vacancy left by former board President Wes Clark, who resigned from his position Aug. 6.

Former NBISD Trustee David Heefner was appointed to fulfill the open trustee position. Board President Eric Bergquist said the decision was made to appoint Heefner due to his previous experience on the board.

“We decided No. 1 that the candidate would not be running for school board in May of 2023, as we would like this decision to be made by the citizens of New Braunfels Independent School District by an election as opposed to an appointment,” Bergquist said. “And No. 2, knowing that this appointment was going to be short term, we felt it was necessary to appoint someone with prior board experience who can hit the ground running with all the big decisions in front of us that we'll be facing in the next nine months.”

Heefner was elected as trustee at large in 2016 and again in 2019 but did not to run for re-election in May 2022. The at-large trustee position will open to candidates in the May 2023 election.

“I encourage everyone that expressed interest in the open position as well as other members of the community who may be interested to come to the admin center in late January or early February to pick up a candidate packet and consider running for election in May of 2023,” Bergquist said.

Multiple changes were made to reorganize the board due to the vacancy of Clark during the Aug. 15 meeting. Bergquist was approved as the new board president. The board nominated Nancy York to fill the position of vice president. Trustee Steve Minus was selected as the new board secretary.