By Bill Hicks
Travis School District trustees met Tuesday just a few hours after the final funeral services for George Floyd, who died May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
His death sparked nearly two full weeks of protests around the world. Those emotions spilled over into the Travis board meeting Tuesday night.
Board President Ivery Hood, one of three African American board members, the others being Trustee Janet Jackson Forbes and Student Board Member Isaish Carter, called for a 4 minute, 46 second period of silence to start the meeting, which represented the period of time in a video depicting Floyd’s fatal encounter with the Minneapolis police where Floyd stopped moving.