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VISD Board member Lou Svetlik resigns

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On Friday morning, VISD's Trustee from the 3rd district, Lou Svetlik, resigned. Svetlik had been on the school board for over 15 years.

Svetlik tells us it was a decision that came with mixed emotions after stepping down as Board President. He says his departure comes with the transition into his new business and the desire to spend time with his family.

In a statement VISD says ,

Over the last 15 years, he has guided decisions that provide VISD students exemplary educational opportunities and have transformed the district into a success model for districts across the state of Texas.

-Victoria Independent School District

Svetlik was on the board through the last bond election in 2007, and was instrumental in getting new schools built such as Cade Middle School, East and West High School.

Family members of the board are prohibited to being employed with VISD, and Svetlik says he wants a family member of his to finally have the opportunity to work in the district.

With the recently bond failure, Svetlik says he still would have been faced with the same decision but it would have been a matter of when.

Svetlik says he has no regrets during his time on the board, and continues to support VISD and future bond efforts.

Upon receiving Svetlik's resignation, the board appointed the following officer positions, Ross Mansker as President, Tami Keeling as Vice President, and Margaret Pruett as Secretary.

The board will discuss plans to fill the district 3 seat in the near future.

His Resignation letter is below:

It has been one of my life’s most rewarding experiences serving as a member of the VISD Board of Trustees for last 15+ years, but I feel that is now time that I move to the next chapter of my life. I, Lou Svetlik hereby resign my position of VISD School Board Trustee, District 3 as of December 1, 2017.

My family and I have spent the last ¼ of my life, with many hours and efforts dedicated in service to the children of VISD. There comes a time in each of our lives when must make decisions that are based on our personal and family health, and evaluating how what we do continually effects and engages our loved ones around us. My family has endured many personal sacrifices due to my service on the Board of Trustees, and one consideration that I wish to give them is the opportunity of employment with VISD, which is prohibited while hold my elected position. I also have new business ventures that require much of my time away from Victoria.

I am extremely grateful to all of my friends, fellow Board members (past and present), family members, and educators who have supported me through this adventure, and those who have joined hands to support public education in the Victoria community. It is through those wonderful partnerships and the dedicated efforts of so many that I am confident and extremely proud that our accomplishments have been to the benefit of our children and for the future of Victoria.

My family and I will continue to be strong supporters of VISD, and all of our schools in Victoria, for this is the home of my children and my grandchildren. We have and will continue to support our young people through the many programs and activities that promote the health and well-being of our most valued asset, who are the future of our community, our state, our nation, and our world.

Finally, thank you all of VISD for working together in harnessing the passion that has made us great! Thank you, former Superintendent Bob Moore, and our awesome Superintendent, Dr. Robert Jaklich who have helped us see what strong leadership, shared values, and determination, can do for a school district and a caring community. Through our combined efforts and commitment, you have truly made us VISD Proud!


Lou Svetlik

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