In Texas, local school board members are elected by the registered voters within specific school district boundaries. The Lake Travis Independent School District is one of approximately 1,040 public school systems in Texas and its board members are elected at-large. This means each board member, or trustee, represents the entire school district rather than single-member positions that represent a sub-portion of the district. Each trustee is elected to serve without compensation for overlapping terms of three years each. According to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), if a vacancy occurs on the board, the remaining trustees may 1.) fill the vacancy by appointment until the next regular trustee election, 2.) order a special election to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term; or 3.) under special circumstances, leave the position vacant until the next available election.