Letters: Representation better if Lewisville votes

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To the Editor:

Something curious about the LISD school board. It tends to vote against things that Lewisville residents want:

  • Splitting LHS into three discrete campuses, causing the bussing of LHS students between the three campuses — something not done in any of the district’s other high schools.
  • Voting down the approval for a grocery store to proposed for Lewisville.
  • Tearing down neighborhood schools like Hedrick Elementary and College street, bussing the kids to other schools despite community requests to rebuild as promised in the 2008 bond. Again not done in the rest of the district.

Despite having the largest number of students in the District Lewisville is not represented on the board.

Chart showing student counts by city. (Data via LISD, chart by Frank Vaughan)

The majority of the Board Members live in Flower Mound and Highland Village. One member is in Castle Hills in the Eastern zone. No board member is from the Central feeder zone.

Here is why:

Chart showing voter turnout in LISD elections by city. (Data via Denton County Elections, graph by Frank Vaughan)

Lewisville residents do not vote in school board elections. Flower Mound has 27% of the students yet accounts for 54% of the vote. Lewisville has 37% of the students and accounts for 17% of the vote.

The school Board is simply voting to make their constituents happy, and those voters are in Flower Mound and Highland Village, accounting for 68% of the total vote.

I asked the district for the cities of the members of the FAC The district has been unable to provide this. Based on their inability to provide cities of the FAC members, how do we know we were represented?

So, what can we do?

  1. Go out and vote. We should vote no on the bond to send a message to the board to come back with a bond we can all support. We need a bond that supports Lewisville children.
  2. We need representation on the Board. Please vote for Board members located in our part of town.
  3. We can petition the board to vote on single member districts apportioned by student census numbers. This way we can gain representation for the district’s taxation.

Frank Vaughan
Lewisville

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