Two current Lewisville ISD board members are vying for the new District 1 seat.

What you need to know

Beginning with the upcoming election, the district is transitioning to a hybrid election system where places 1 through 5 will become single-member districts, and places 6 and 7 will be at large. The change to single-member districts means only residents in the corresponding geographical area can vote for members running for the respective place. The places that are at large can be voted on irrespective of a voter’s area of residence, according to the district website. The board approved the change last year.

Candidates were asked to keep responses under 50 words, and to answer the questions provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited to comply with word count guidelines or for style and clarity.

Community Impact is only asking candidates in contested May 4 elections to answer questionnaires.

Michelle Alkhatib

Experience: LISD board of trustee, former teacher & principal, LEF board member, local & Texas PTA

Occupation: LISD board of trustee & community servant

Why are you running for office?

As a board trustee, parent, community leader, and volunteer, I'm committed to upholding Lewisville ISD's dedication to student, staff, and family well-being. I'm determined to maintain my advocacy for students and serve the community, eager to continue growing in this role.

What are the biggest challenges facing the district?

The primary challenge for Lewisville ISD is funding. Balancing resource allocation with budget constraints is crucial. We cannot compromise on teacher retention, classroom resources, or safety due to limited funding. I will persist in advocating for increased funding to sustain our exceptional programs and benefit our students and families.

If elected, what would be your top priorities?

Advocating for funding, teacher retention, and community engagement is crucial to ensure high-quality education for our deserving students. Addressing funding challenges is essential to provide our students with the highest quality education. Funding will aid in teacher retention and provide teachers merit recognition. We must engage the community as partners.

What are some new ideas or programs you would like LISD to explore?

I aim to ensure inclusive access to programs, clubs, and activities for every student district-wide, fostering a sense of belonging for all. Additionally, I prioritize facilitating opportunities for parent and community engagement through committee involvement, roundtables, panels, parent cafes, and similar avenues.

Allison Lassahn

Experience: 2018-current: Lewisville ISD trustee, Place 1; 2019-2021: LISD board secretary; 2021-2023: LISD board vice-president

Occupation: Proposal coordinator

Contact Information: [email protected]

Why are you running for office?

My initial run for school board was inspired by positive experiences with LISD's special education along with my mother's teaching career in Tyler ISD. Staying on the board is fueled by love for Lewisville ISD's community. With six years' experience, I aim to address education challenges effectively for all stakeholders.

What are the biggest challenges facing the district?

Lewisville ISD’s budget deficit is the biggest challenge for the district at this time. Other challenges include Covid learning loss and teacher recruitment and retention.

If elected, what would be your top priorities?

If elected, my primary focus will be addressing the significant budget deficit facing LISD, caused by property tax compression and stagnant state funding. I am committed to finding innovative solutions to maintain educational quality, ensuring that our students continue to receive the resources and support they need to succeed.

What are some new ideas or programs you would like LISD to explore?

Given our district's notable budget deficit this year, the feasibility of introducing new programs anytime soon is unlikely.