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In a 4-2 vote Monday, Round Rock school district trustees approved Paul Tisch as the new Place 6 board member. Trustees Terri Romere and Pauline Law cast the dissenting votes. Board Secretary and current Place 6 Trustee Glen Colby abstained from voting.

Colby submitted his resignation in April and Tisch will be sworn-in Tuesday, June 4.

At Monday’s meeting, Romere and Law did not say why they voted against Tisch.

Currently, Tisch is on the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors. He served as president of the MUD from 2007 to 2009. He also served as president of the Emergency Services District No. 2 Board of Commissioners from 2011-12 and as president of the Cat Hollow Homeowners Association from 2004 to 2006.

“My service to the community has been strong and I see that as a gift,” Tisch said. “This is my way of giving back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. There was a need for someone with experience to step right in who understands the challenges facing the district. I want to help bring the board in harmony together. Board votes don’t always have to be 7-0 but after a vote the board shouldn’t harbor any resentment because of that vote. People in our community look to the board as an example of civility.”

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He said some of the challenges facing the district are the search for a new superintendent after Jesús Chávez retires at the end of 2013, anticipated growth and the budget.

“We’ve already cut a lot from the budget,” Tisch said. “Now it’s time to look into cost savings. There are a lot of opportunities for the district to save on the maintenance side of things.”

Tisch graduated from Texas A&M University and was captain of the Corps of Cadets while at the school. He works for the Garratt-Callahan Company, an industrial water treatment chemical company.

He and his wife, Debbie, have three children – one who will be a junior at Round Rock High School, one who will be a fifth-grade student at Great Oaks Elementary and one who is 4-years-old. He volunteers on the campus level as president of the RRHS band boosters organization and at Great Oaks Elementary.

“I’m proud of the education my children had and will continue to receive in Round Rock ISD,” Tisch said.

“We welcome Mr. Tisch to the board,” board president Catherine Hanna said. “He brings a commitment to service and a spirit of collegiality that will enrich our deliberations in moving the district forward.”

Trustees selected Tisch after a round of interviews with five candidates on May 20. Those candidates were: Roger Arriaga, Jen Clitheroe, Mark Coplen, Paul Matthews and Tisch.

Trustees Brian Sellers and Chad Chadwell thanked Tisch and the four other candidates for their interest in serving and going through the interview process Monday.

“Each of you had outstanding credentials,” Chadwell said. “We had a lot of positive things to say about you guys. Thank you guys for stepping forward in this position.”

“There is true potential for some quality board candidates here,” Sellers said. “We would like to see you come forward in the 2014 election.”

Seven citizens serve as members of the school board. Each is elected at-large to serve staggered four-year terms. The term for the Place 6 seat will expire in November 2014.

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Source : http://www.statesman.com/news/local/school-board-taps-tisch-for-trustee/bTUck8ylDcXdArQGVb2QpL/

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