Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees President Laura Vinson announced Monday she will not seek re-election when her term ends in May.
“After 15 years of volunteering in the district through PTA leadership roles, Foundation for Excellence, LISD’s 2020 Committee, the 2010 Bond Election and culminating with the honor of serving for the last four years on the board, I am ready to step aside,” Vinson said in a statement Monday.
Vinson began working with Lubbock ISD as a parent volunteer and PTA president at Roscoe Wilson Elementary School, according to Nancy Sharp, executive director of communications and community relations for Lubbock ISD. She joined the board of the Lubbock ISD Foundation for Excellence in 2003 and has served in different capacities in numerous other volunteer and leadership committees since.
The filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Vinson is one of four trustees who would be up for re-election in May, Sharp said.
James Arnold, another Lubbock ISD trustee, announced in mid-January that he would not seek re-election. So far, Sharp said, Ryan Curry, a local businessman, has announced his intent to run for that position.
Mark Blankenship’s position on the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees also expires in May, but he’s not announced if he plans to seek re-election.
Zach Brady is another board member with an expiring term. He was appointed to fill the position Melissa Collier vacated in May.
In her statement, Vinson said she’s proud of the work she contributed to at LISD, including naming Kathy Kinnison Rollo as the district’s superintendent, and the relationships she built during her time working with Lubbock ISD.
“The most important job of a school board is to hire a great superintendent,” Vinson wrote. “We’ve done just that, and she is already hard at work. I am totally committed to working closely with Dr. Kathy Rollo during her first several months as superintendent, and will provide every support I can to ensure her success and the success of the students in our district.”