Dublin Independent School District and the city of Dublin are going in two separate directions.
The Dublin ISD board of trustees did not reappoint Katherine Prater to the Erath County Appraisal District (ECAD) board of directors, but Dublin City Council did.
Trustees nominated Prater and Jeff Weaver to the position at Monday’s Dublin ISD meeting, but Weaver won with five votes over Prater’s two.
Prater was reappointed by the Dublin City Council last Monday by a 6-1 vote, with Aaron Locke, Ward 1, opposing the appointment.
Prater has served on the ECAD board since 2000 and her term is set to expire on Dec. 31.
Superintendent Shaun Barnett provided background information on Prater’s history with the ECAD, which involves a lawsuit.
“The lawsuit alleges that she told the chief appraiser (Jerry Lee) she would vote to terminate his contract because he would not give exemption (status) to Fort Worth Western Railroad,” Barnett said.
After the appointment, Barnett informed trustees that he planned to arrange a joint meeting between the board and the city council. But several trustees did not wish to discuss the matter further.
By law, both names will now be submitted to ECAD and an appointee will be selected through a drawing, leaving a 50 percent chance for both Prater and Weaver to secure the position.
Dublin Mayor Tom Gordon said the city council plans to meet with both nominees.
“We are going to ask Katherine Prater and Jeff Weaver to come to a city council meeting and meet with city council representatives, myself and (city manager) Jerry Guillory and let us explain to them the guidelines we want our representative to (operate) under,” Gordon said.
A representative from the appraisal district said the director’s selection will be determined at a later date.
In other business, trustees also accepted the resignation of board member Dannis Lozano Monday night. Joe Willingham was awarded the vacancy with three votes in his favor. Willingham has previously served on the board and was a candidate in the last election.