SMSD Welcomes Trustee, Bids Farewell to Trustee

Monday was a historic night for the Stafford Municipal School District.

The District welcomed a new trustee, Ashish “Ash” Hamirani and said a collective heartfelt goodbye to former Board President Auturo Jackson.

Trustees Greg Holsapple and Alicia Lacy-Castille, along with Hamirani, were sworn in to office for their new terms, on Monday. The terms run through May 2022.

At age 28, Hamirani is the youngest Trustee in the history of the Stafford Municipal School District. He is also the first South Asian trustee, the first SMSD trustee born in the 1990s and the first SMSD trustee born after the District opened its doors in 1982.

His proud parents stood with him as he was sworn in for his first publicly-held elected office.

Trustees had a chance to say “thank you” to Jackson, who was twice elected as an SMSD Trustee. He served from 2013-2019, including three years as Board President (2015-18). During his Presidency, Stafford citizens passed the largest school bond in the city’s history, $62 Million in November 2017.

Jackson is the proud parent of a Stafford High graduate and a current Stafford High senior who will graduate 10 days from now. He will have the opportunity to hand his son, Auturo Jr., his diploma on May 24.

Holsapple is the District’s longest serving trustee with 23 years of experience on the Board (1991-98 and 2003-present). He has been on the Board for six of the District’s eight superintendents and has served as Board President, Vice President and Secretary.

He is a proud parent of SMSD graduates, and now, the proud grandparent of an SMSD student. His daughter, Class of 2000 SMSD graduate Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, joined him as he was sworn in on Monday.

Lacy-Castille, who was appointed to the Board in 2014, was elected to a second full term earlier this month. Her husband and family members joined her as she was sworn in.

The Board re-elected its 2018-19 officers (President Christopher Caldwell, Vice President Xavier Herrera and Secretary Lacy-Castille) to their positions for the 2019-20 school year.