Oscar Omar Salinas known to many as “Coach”, I am a 1987 graduate of La Joya High School. I am proud to say that I have a long history of public service to my community, serving on the La Joya ISD School Board since 2012.
During my term, I served in the Curriculum and Facility Committees, gaining a wealth of knowledge on students’ academic performance and using this experience to provide a better learning environment in the classroom. I am currently the School Board Secretary.
I believe education is the great equalizer and have been working with students, parents, staff, and administration since my first term to ensure that the La Joya ISD community is given the best opportunities to succeed. In addition, I believe strongly that the backbone of the school district is its administrators, staff, and teachers. I have been known to often say, “We must invest, in those who invest in our kids.” Words that I have supported by helping the district invest in salaries and better health care benefits.
Before making any decision, I make sure to research the issues affecting students and the district, listen to community input, and then work to propose solutions that are aligned to the needs of our students. With technology in the classroom continuing to advance, the Rio Grande Valley expanding its economic capacity in terms of growing S.T.E.M. and Healthcare industry jobs, and the need for both college and technical degrees in demand; I understand these needs and am working towards ensuring students are receiving the best education and given the best opportunities to achieve success not only in the classroom, but in college, and eventually in their professional careers.
Prior to my election as a school board member, I served as the Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Sullivan City. A true public servant, I am committed to the needs of my community and am always on-hand to help. I am married to Alma D. Salinas, who like me, strongly believes in the educational foundation provided at La Joya ISD, as our son, Oscar Andres Salinas, is a student at La Joya High School. Let’s ensure that our students have every resource needed to be successful, and at the same time, provide our teachers and staff with the support they need to make that happen.