Local school council candidates still needed

A rash of LSC vacancies in Austin still need to be filled

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By ANALISA TROFIMUK

AustinTalks

Openings on 12 of Austin's 17 Local School Councils remain after last month's elections.

Official results from the elections, held April 17 and 18 at each school, aren't expected until next month.

It's not too late for local residents or parents of CPS students to be appointed to the vacancies, says CPS spokesman Patrick Mullane.

LSCs with vacant community and/or parents seats can be filled by current council members making appointments, Mullane said in an email statement.

The current LSC members will serve until June 30, when their terms end; those who won last month's election will take office in July.

Jennie Biggs, communications director for the education advocacy group Raise Your Hand, said it's important to have the remaining seats filled because Local School Councils are the only democracy available in CPS.

"LSCs empower parents, community members, educators and, at the high school level, students by bringing their voice to the table," Biggs said.

State Rep. La Shawn Ford also stressed the importance of Local School Councils in a previous AustinTalks story, saying they play a major role in shaping the future of schools and communities.

Information about vacant seats can be found on the CPS Local School Elections website.

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