There were no new faces when the three La Joya Independent School District board members were sworn in to office Wednesday evening.
Incumbents Juan “J.J.” Peña, Place 1; Juan Jose “J.J.” Garza, Place 2; Johnn Valente Alaniz, Place 3, all kept their seats each with about 60 percent of the votes cast during the November election.
“Like I said when I first started to run this time around, everything I said I would do is what I did, which was look out for the best interests of our students, first and foremost, our staff and the taxpayers of La Joya ISD,” Peña said.
He then thanked members of community, including those who didn’t support Team Liberty, the incumbents’ slate, for helping shed light on some issues at the district that need to be addressed. During the campaign, opponents pointed to overcrowded schools they said needed to be expanded and renovated.
The board also reorganized, and Trustee Oscar “Coach” Salinas motioned for Alaniz to be named president of the board, trustee Joel Garcia as vice president and Garza as secretary.
As outgoing president, Ochoa became emotional when addressing the crowd during the meeting. She said she first ran back in 2007 as educator with a heart for the children and employees at La Joya ISD.
“Were about integrity, and we’re about this district,” Ochoa said. “La Joya ISD is the place to be, and we will make it No. 1 always.”