News from Pflugerville & Hutto ISDs
Alissa Molina resigns from PfISD Place 5 seat, Brian Allen appointed PFLUGERVILLE ISD After vacating the seat for only three weeks, Brian Allen was appointed back to his former spot of Place 5 of the district’s board of trustees. The Pflugerville ISD board appointed Allen during a May 31 BY BRIAN RASH QUICK TURNAROUND Alissa Molina’s May 7 election victory for Pflugerville ISD Place 5 until her resignation took place in less than a month. May 7 Molina wins election for Place 5. May 19 Molina is sworn in along with Place 3 winner Renae Mitchell and Place 4 winner Vernagene Mott. May 25 Molina submits letter of resignation to the board of trustees. May 31 The board of trustees accepts Molina’s resignation and appoints Brian Allen to Place 5.
special meeting after newly elected trustee Alissa Molina announced her resignation. Molina defeated Place 5 incumbent Allen during a May 7 general election with 3,096 votes to Allen’s 2,525. Molina served as the Place 5 Trustee for one meeting May 19 but said the experience was invaluable. “I did love being able to give input and learn and really just gain some empathy and also some respect for the amount of work that goes into the governance of a school district and the guidance of a school district,” Molina said in the video. In a video released May 25 via her Facebook campaign page, Molina said her husband, a teacher at Austin
SOURCE: PFLUGERVILLE ISD/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
ISD for the past 10 years, is seeking a position within PfISD that creates a conflict of interest for her seat on the school board and that her resignation was effective immediately. At the May 31 meeting, trustees voted 6-0 to accept Molina’s resig- nation and discuss options for filling her seat. After convening in executive session for about an hour, the board appointed Allen in a 5-0 vote, with Molina absent and Trustee Renae Mitchell abstaining. Board President Vernagene Mott
said after the meeting the appoint- ment means there will not be a special election to fill the seat, and Allen will serve Place 5 for 11 months until the next board election in May 2023. Whoever ends up winning the Place 5 seat in 2023 will serve the remainder of what would have been Molina’s term—two years instead of three—PfISD Public Information Officer Tamra Spence said. After the meeting, Allen said he plans to run for Place 5 again in 2023. Prior to the board’s consideration
of a Place 5 replacement at the May 31 meeting, Allen addressed officials during public comment to make a case for his appointment to the seat. “I am the most experienced person to consider regarding the district’s financial situation,” Allen said, add- ing he never missed a board meeting, always showed up to meetings early and held himself to the highest standards while serving as a trustee with Pflugerville ISD. The board of trustees swore Allen back into his seat during a special meeting June 2.
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PFLUGERVILLE - HUTTO EDITION • JUNE 2022
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