Iazzetti Resigns from Waco ISD Board for Family Relocation
WACO, Texas – In a letter sent earlier today, Emily Iazzetti submitted her resignation as the District 5 representative on the Waco ISD Board of Trustees effective May 6. First appointed to the school board in August 2021, she has distinguished herself as a powerful advocate for community investment in schools and opportunities for all students.
Iazzetti told fellow school board members that her family will be moving outside of Waco after her children finish the school year due to circumstances outside of their control. At that time, she will no longer be eligible to serve on the board. Iazzetti notified trustees of her family's future relocation plans now in order to give trustees the option of calling a special election in May to fill the vacancy.
“It is with great sadness that I am submitting this letter of resignation to you, effective May 6,” Iazzetti said. “I volunteered for this position in the summer of 2021, because I believe so strongly in the important work Dr. Kincannon and our Waco ISD teachers are doing for Waco children.”
Iazzetti stepped into this significant volunteer role at a crucial time for the district, as the board and community came together to advance the historic $355 million-dollar bond program that made new buildings for G.W. Carver Middle, Waco High, Tennyson Middle and Kendrick Elementary possible. Iazzetti quickly became a trusted source of information on the bond program, recording videos, attending community meetings and knocking on her neighbors’ doors to answer voters’ questions about the proposal.
“I was incredibly proud when our community passed the bond election in November 2021,” Iazzetti said. “That decision showed me Waco was willing to invest in Waco ISD and cared about our students. I hope that dedication will continue.”
In addition to her role on the school board, Iazzetti serves on the Waco ISD Education Foundation Board helping plan and execute the Waco ISD Education Foundation’s annual fundraising event, has led the PTA at her children’s school, and supported the Waco ISD Women’s Empowerment Summits held in partnership with the Junior League of Waco.
“Emily is a proud Waco ISD parent who values staff and understands the role our district plays in ensuring Waco is a great place to work and learn,” said Stephanie Korteweg, Waco ISD Board President. “She exemplifies what it means to serve in this volunteer capacity, giving her time and talents to advance the district’s critical, strategic work that ultimately benefits our kids and families.”
At a previously scheduled special meeting on Thursday, school board members will discuss how to fill the vacancy created by Iazzetti’s resignation. Her current term would have expired in May 2025.
State law and board policy allow the remaining board members to either fill the vacancy by appointment or call for a special election. Should trustees vote on Thursday to fill the vacancy by holding a special election in conjunction with the regularly scheduled school board election on May 6, 2023, filing for the special election would open Friday, February 17 at 8 a.m. and close Monday, March 6 at 5 p.m.
Trustee District 5 includes the neighborhoods between Richland Mall and the lake as well as some areas near Baylor University. A map showing the trustee districts can be found at wacoisd.org/redistricting.