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January is School Board Recognition Month

Bastrop ISD Honors Board of Trustees

(Bastrop)—January is School Board Recognition Month, and Bastrop ISD is proud to join other districts across the state in thanking our local leaders for their dedication and advocacy on behalf of public schools. As elected officials, our board members are voices for the community, always serving first and foremost in the best interest of public schoolchildren.

Board members serving Bastrop ISD are President James Allen, Vice President Ashley Mutschink, Secretary Molly McClure, Matthew Mix, Billy Moore, Glenn Peterson, and Kellye Seekatz. Complete profiles of the BISD Board are available at bisdtx.org.

“Our Trustees shoulder tremendous responsibility for making decisions that impact the lives of thousands of children, as well as the teachers and staff who make up the BISD family. They have a deep heart and passion for students, their well-being and success, and I am proud of their willingness to serve as advocates for kids,” said Superintendent Steve Murray. “Please join me in thanking these men and women for their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students. We also want to express our appreciation to their spouses and families.”

On January 17 at the Board’s regular meeting, BISD will recognize Trustees with special presentations from children, teachers, and administrators across the district, including a proclamation from Representative John Cyrier. These presentations are meant to honor the seven individuals who devote so much of their time, energy, and passion, not only for Bastrop ISD, but also for public education in general.

Board members were asked about the impact of serving on the board and what is most meaningful to them. “My service on the school board is one of the most important things I do as a volunteer,” said board president James Allen. Secretary Molly McClure added, “The most fulfilling times are when our students make presentations, are honored, or participate in some way at our meetings.”

Board members choose to run for elected office for various reasons, but for Dr. Matthew Mix the choice was about what he values most. “I value BISD--the students, teachers, and administrators who are tasked with shaping our youth into productive citizens,” said Mix. “The decisions we make today as a board provide that opportunity to create the leaders we look to in the future.”

Kellye Seekatz, who is in her first term as a board member agreed. “Our future leaders are attending school right now, and it is vital that they have the literacy, communication, and technology skills necessary to succeed. Being a part of that is what’s exciting about serving on the board,” said Seekatz.

Board member Billy Moore said he “enjoys the opportunity to work with the many talented, accomplished and dedicated professionals who make up BISD.” Moore sees his service as an honor, adding that “the BISD board is focused on success for all students of the District.”

For Ashley Mutschink, who is a parent, board member, and business leader, board service is “a great opportunity to help make a positive difference in the lives of our children, teachers, and support staff. The smiles on the parents’ and children’s faces are priceless.” Even as busy as he is, trustee Glenn Peterson says he still serves because it’s for the kids. “I’ve always said that my job is to be a voice for the people of the district--students first, and then the teachers and the taxpayers. I love it!”

Bastrop ISD is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and serves more than 10,500 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.

For more information, contact Kristi Lee at (512) 772-7106.