Trial begins over Frisco ISD's at-large system for board members

The lawsuit claiming Frisco ISD’s at-large voting system prevents minority candidates from getting elected to the board of trustees began May 26. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
The lawsuit claiming Frisco ISD’s at-large voting system prevents minority candidates from getting elected to the board of trustees began May 26. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

The lawsuit claiming Frisco ISD’s at-large voting system prevents minority candidates from getting elected to the board of trustees began May 26. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

A trial over claims that Frisco ISD’s at-large voting system prevents minority candidates from getting elected to the board of trustees began May 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Courthouse in Sherman.

The suit, which was filed in April 2019, calls on FISD to alter its at-large system into single-member districts for board members. Under the current system, every board member represents the entire district rather than specified areas of the district.

Brewer Storefront, the law firm that filed the suit against FISD on behalf of plaintiff Suresh Kumar, has sued other local school districts, including Richardson and Lewisville ISDs, in an effort to change their at-large systems. LISD’s suit is pending, and RISD reached a settlement that has the district converting five of its seven board seats to single-member districts.

In the Frisco ISD suit, experts for the plaintiff argue that minority candidates would have a greater chance of getting elected to the board if the district created single-member districts. FISD’s experts, on the other hand, argue that the methodology being used by the plaintiff’s experts’ is inconsistent, according to court documents.

The trial is expected to last four days with U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant presiding. FISD is represented by the firm of Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.


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By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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