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MCISD Board president resigns

20140813 MCISD Board-Meeting JB 4310Mission School Board President Sonia Treviño resigned from the board Wednesday night after serving nearly seven years. She was just three months into her term as president of the board.

In an interview just after she announced her resignation, Treviño said she decided to step down because her sister had applied for an administrative position with the school district.

“A family member has an opportunity to put her name in the hat, and family comes first with me. I’d like for her to have the opportunity without me being influential in any way, shape or form to the process,” she said. “That’s what I would expect of any board member, because there’s going to be the perception that she’s going to get it because her sister is there (on the board).”

Later in the meeting, following executive session, the board approved the hiring of 10 new administrators for the district. Treviño’s sister, Leticia Ybarra, was approved in a 7-0 vote for the newly created position of Coordinator for Physical Education and Health. In a separate interview, district spokesman Craig Verley said that the person hired for this position would be responsible largely for the curriculum aspects of PE and health.

In a 7-0 vote, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Veronica Rodriguez-Mendoza to fill Treviño’s position on the board, with Minnie Rodgers making the motion, which was seconded by Roy Vela.

Following her swearing in and oath of office, administered by Alton Municipal Judge Carlos Ortegon, Mendoza said she was very excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board.

“I am a woman of determination and dedication. I work hard and I’m going to get the job done. I am here, not for self interest, but for the kids and for staff,” she said.

Mendoza is the daughter of former Mission City Councilman Tatan Rodriguez, now deceased.

In an interview with the Progress Times, Treviño said what she enjoyed most about serving on the board was being an advocate for the kids. She feels her greatest accomplishment serving on the board was looking after taxpayer dollars.

“I challenge my board members to hold people accountable,” she said. “It’s real easy to increase administration, but it’s different to hold people accountable.”

She said she has enjoyed the relationships with people she has developed during her tenure on the board. “Being homegrown from the Pearson (Elementary) area, it’s fun for me to continue to have those relationships where I can walk into the Pearson area and know that I walked those same hallways and I’m making an impact now as a board trustee.”

But, you’ve got to be trusted and be able to make tough decisions, she added.

“The best thing is that I’ve done it with integrity. That’s real important to me,” she said.

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