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20140520 MCISD-swearing-in-of-new-candidates AF  7738MISSION—The Mission CISD boardroom was filled to the brim with supporters of the A+ team as they took their oath to sit on the district’s board of trustees. On Tuesday, the district not only welcomed new board members but also said goodbye to those ending their term.

James E. Olivarez, Raymond Longoria and Oscar Martinez have each spent over a decade sitting on the district’s board. Each member addressed the community and thanked them for their continued support, especially to friends and family who would help campaign during election season.

In Place 1, Roy Vela won with 2,385 votes against Marcie Gonzalez Acosta who earned 1,149 votes; Vela replaced Longoria on the board of trustees.

20140520 MCISD-swearing-in-of-new-candidates AF  7726Vela said that it has been a long journey; he added he had told his wife two years ago that he would be running for MCISD board member. The new member said though he may not have experience, he is willing to work hard and learn.

“I’m a rookie at this, don’t know everything, but I’m willing to learn.” Vela said. “I look forward to helping (the district) to improve, progress and move forward,”

Petra Ramirez took Place 6 with 1,490 votes while A.C. Pruneda earned 1,133 votes and Rigo Sariñana earned 952 votes. Ramirez earned the place of Olivarez on the board.

Ramirez said she commits herself to being a public servant to the citizens of Mission. She added she plans to work hard to keep the district’s children the number one priority.

“Our goal is for Mission CISD to be the prosperous district that it once was by utilizing our first class educators, top notch students and of course our dedicated staff,” Ramirez said.

20140520 MCISD-swearing-in-of-new-candidates AF  7715Rodgers won Place 7 with 1,489 votes. She had a 592-vote difference over incumbent Oscar Martinez who earned 897 votes. Third candidate for Place 7 Rick Venecia earned 1,197.

The new board member encouraged attendees to go to every board meeting, not just during election season. She added it is necessary to stay up to date on district information.

“I think it is important that Mission CISD and the city work together to continue growth within our schools,” Rodgers said. “I promise to be a good listener and to hear your concerns. Every teacher, janitor, bus driver and aides are important and need to be respected.”

After the addition of the new board members, the groups voted and agreed on the reorganization of positions. Sonia M. Treviño is now the president of the board of trustees, Patricia O’Caña-Olivarez was voted vice president and J.C. Avila is now the secretary.

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