MISSION—Two candidates are running for the open position of Place 1 on the Mission CISD Board of Trustees. With no incumbent, the place is open to either Marcie Gonzalez Acosta or Roy Vela.
Gonzalez Acosta is a member of the Alton community and plans to be the voice for her fellow citizens if elected to the board of trustees.
“We have amazing elementary schools and a junior high,” Gonzalez Acosta said. “I feel I would represent our teachers, administration and students by being their advocate when our vote needs to be heard.”
Vela has spent 39 years in the city of Mission and has two children in the district. He has spent time on parent teacher organizations at Mission CISD.
“I’ve been involved with various organizations, I’ve been involved with PTO for the last three years,” Vela said. “We’ve made significant progress and strides at Midkiff (Elementary) and that’s what it is all about, our children.”
Both candidates believe providing a quality education for all students in the district is necessary and important. Both plan to use their strengths and experience to help mold the future for Mission CISD and its students.
Gonzalez Acosta attended UCAS Cosmetology School, and she worked in real estate for the Mission Law Firm. After moving to a profession in banking for 19 years, Gonzalez Acosta is retired and now works as an independent sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics.
The sales director said she believes the current school board has done an outstanding job and only hopes to contribute more to the district’s success.
“This is important to me because I have a daughter at the high school level that is under a special needs program,” Gonzalez Acosta said. “I’d like to personally look into making sure we are supporting the needs of each child with learning disabilities.”
The candidate said if named to the board, her main goal is to contribute positivity through ethical and moral values. She added she would like to also work on making sure Alton campuses are up to par in comparison to the rest of the school district.
Vela is a graduate from the University of Texas Pan American and is currently a provider relations representative. He is on his second year with the Student Health Advisory Committee with the district and on the Food and Nutritional Committee and Physical Education Committee.
The candidate also assists local organizations in raising funds for scholarships for surrounding campuses.
“Every organization I’ve been involved with has always been about the kids and about how we can empower them,” Vela said. “We focus on what tools can we give students to ensure they are successful now and in the future.”
Vela said his goal is to see Mission CISD prosper and flourish with not only a quality education but as a sound district. He added he proudly supports the A+ team members Petra Ramirez and Minnie Rodgers.