Mark O. Blankenship has been named interim school board member for District 3, filling the position left open by Chris Comer.
The Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees interviewed all five applicants who had expressed interest in filling the unexpired term of Chris Comer during a called meeting this morning. Following deliberations in closed session, the board appointed local attorney Mark Blankenship.
Blankenship is a managing partner of the law firm Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP. He and his wife Kim have three children in Lubbock ISD.
School Board President James Arnold said, "We were overwhelmed with the quality and depth of the applicants. They were all extremely qualified and all interviewed well. At the conclusion of the interviews, Mark's knowledge of the school district and his experience as a volunteer set him apart."
LISD Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza said, "I was impressed with the caliber of all the candidates and we appreciate their interest in serving in this capacity. I look forward to working with Mr. Blankenship and am confident that he will be an asset to the board and to our community."
Blankenship will likely be sworn in at the Board's next meeting on January 26, 2012. He will represent District 3 and plans to run in the special election to be held in May 2012.
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