Carroll ISD’s board of trustees has decided to hold a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of trustee David Almand, who had held Place 7 on the board and announced July 19 he would be stepping down.

The board came to a 4-0 decision during a workshop meeting Aug. 2, after more than two dozen members of the community spoke in favor of holding a special election to fill the vacancy, the term for which expires in May 2022.

The board had the option of appointing a trustee to fill the vacancy until the term expired, holding the special election where the winner would fill the seat until the term expired or allowing the seat to remain vacant until the term concluded.

Board President Michelle Moore and trustees Eric Lannen, Cam Bryan and Hannah Smith all voted in favor of the special election. Trustees Sheri Mills and Todd Carlton were not present for the workshop and Almand vacated his seat effective July 30.

The district will incur the cost of the special election, though Lannen said trustees had been told the cost would be less than expected since it will be on the day of the fall general election.

"I was really surprised to learn that the cost of the special election is only going to be $80, since it's in conjunction with the normal election that will be on Nov. 2," Lannen said. "To me, $80 is pretty nominal in the scheme of things. ... An election gives the community an opportunity to see and hear from candidates—and vote on which one they prefer. So I'm supportive of a special election."

Carroll ISD’s official Twitter account followed the vote by announcing an application deadline of Sept. 1 for any candidates wishing to fill Place 7. More information about the special election will be posted to the district’s website by Aug. 6.

Almand had served on the Carroll board for four years, and he is now moving away from the district to enjoy his retirement, according to a letter from Moore that announced his departure.