When school begins Aug. 28, students at Leal Elementary School will find they have a new assistant principal. On July 27 the Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of former Midkiff Elementary School instruction and assessment strategist, Nelda Vela, as the school’s new assistant principal.
Vela replaces Araceli Escalona who left Leal Elementary to become principal of Alton Elementary School. Adan Ramirez had been Alton Elementary’s principal and was previously selected to replace Ada Castillo as principal at Mission Junior High School after she retired, said MCISD spokesman, Craig Verley.
Midkiff Principal Dora Villalobos said interviews will begin next week for Vela’s replacement in the position responsible for aligning school curriculum with state requirements.
“I’m still grieving,” Villalobos said light heartedly when she confirmed Tuesday the position remained vacant.
Also July 27 the board approved the appointment of Selene Villarreal as a counselor at Veterans Memorial High School. Villarreal was formerly a counselor at McAllen High School in the McAllen ISD, Verley said.
The board also approved the hiring of Nereyda Treviño as the school district’s new coordinator for secondary math. Treviño had been Mission High School’s academic instructional math coach, Verley said. Treviño’s vacancy had not been filled as of press time, Verley said.
The school board also approved the appointment of Judy Rodriguez as the district’s coordinator for secondary social studies. Rodriguez was formerly a Veterans Memorial High School history teacher, Verley said.
Also July 27 the board approved the appointment of Kristen Schultz as the school district’s personnel specialist. Schultz previously served as secretary to the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources and student services, Mario Solis.
And during its regular board meeting Aug. 9 board trustees hired Edna A. Prado as the school district’s second child nutrition dietician. Prado had been working previously as a clinical dietician for Aramark Corporation at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
Also Wednesday the school board approved the hiring of Tahnee M. Netro as the district’s director of special education. She replaces Carolina Campos who resigned to become a private consultant, said Dr. Mario Solis, assistant superintendent for human resources and student services. Netro has worked the previous 11 years in the McAllen ISD as a special education teacher, counselor, assistant principal and in her most recent position as dean of instruction at Nikki Rowe High School.