Atkins holds off challenge for Tyler ISD District 3


TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Yvonne Atkins beat Sugar Ray Alexander 266 to 24 to keep her District 3 seat on Tyler ISD School Board.

The seat was previously held by Freeman Sterling who died in 2020. The district appointed Atkins to fill the seat until a new person is elected to finish the unexpired term.

District 3 covers a large part of western areas of TISD.


Atkins has had a long career in public education. She was a teacher and administrator at Boulter, Stewart and Three Lakes middle school, and T.J. Austin and Clarkston elementary schools.

She has listed the changing of the name of Robert E. Lee High School to Legacy High School and the way district has dealt with the challenges of teaching children during the COVID-19 pandemic as achievements since she joined the board.


Alexander attended John Tyler High school and studied drafting at Tyler Junior College and Sam Houston State University. He works as a drafter.

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