Barbara Stroud elected president of Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees

Carrie Kroll, top right, votes to elect Barbara Stroud (top left) president of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)
Carrie Kroll, top right, votes to elect Barbara Stroud (top left) president of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

Carrie Kroll, top right, votes to elect Barbara Stroud (top left) president of the Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees. (Courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)

The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees voted Nov. 16 to elect Barbara Stroud as the board's new president, replacing president Carrie Kroll. Kroll, who served as president for 5 years, will continue in her capacity as a regular member of the board.

Kroll said there has been an uptick in the time demands of her job as vice president of advocacy, quality and health policy for the Texas Hospital Association as the coronavirus pandemic continues and a new state legislative session approaches in January.

"I have worked more hours professionally this year alone, even though we're only in November, than I have at any other year in my career," Kroll said. "I feel like the board would be better represented in this leadership role by someone who can devote as much time and energy into it as the role requires."

Stroud's election came just after she and Ron Jones were sworn in for new terms as trustees. She and Jones were re-elected to the board earlier this month to terms that extend through May 2023 in a closely contested vote. Stroud earned 27.15% of the vote and Jones received 26.8% to defeat challengers Lori Broughton, who received 25.42% and Stephanie Holtzendorf, who had 20.63%. This is Stroud's second time serving as board president; she served in the role for three years before passing the baton to Kroll.

"You have definitely gone above and beyond in your dedication to the role and your commitment to the role," Stroud said of predecessor.

The trustees also voted on other leadership positions, including vice president. Mary Jane Hetrick was re-elected to that role.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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