LAMPASAS — The Lampasas ISD board of trustees said goodbye to two board members — Linda Floerke and Shannon Kellner — and welcomed two new members Monday to fill their vacant seats.
Kirk Whitehead also renewed his oath of office after running unopposed in May’s general election.
Trustees accepted the resignation of Kellner, who accepted a job in Kansas and will move with his family this summer.
“Shannon Kellner has been on the board for two years and has gone to work for a new company,” said James Briggs, board president. “It was a tremendous opportunity for him and his family, and we wish them well. We’re going to miss him, his wife, who was also a teacher, and their two children in our school system.”
Superintendent Randall Hoyer outlined the board’s three options for filling Kellner’s unexpired term: nominating a replacement, calling for a special election in November or taking no action.
Briggs nominated Sam Walker to fill the vacancy, and the board unanimously approved.
Floerke, who just completed her second term and chose not to run for re-election this year, was presented gifts by Briggs and Hoyer. She has served on the school board since 2008 and helped the school district through the construction planning stages of high school and middle school campuses that opened four years ago.
“It has been a very rewarding job,” Floerke said. “This board does do their homework and really brings something to the table. Your love for learning comes from the heart and from the top.”
Local businessman David Millican, owner of David Millican Insurance Agency, ran unopposed in the May election for the seat vacated by Floerke.
Briggs remains the school board president. Whitehead was nominated for vice president, and Trustee Dan Claussen remains board secretary.
The board accepted the resignation of Lampasas Middle School counselor Amy Barrett and replaced her with middle school teacher Whitney Walker.
Last month, school board officials voted to support the superintendent’s position in a grievance filed by Barrett, who rejected the district’s request to move her from the counseling office into a teaching position.