The Region One Education Service Center selected Mission CISD’s board of trustees as the 2021 Regional School Board of the Year. The members of the 2020-2021 school board are President Minnie Rodgers, Vice President Jerry Zamora, Secretary Veronica “Betty” Mendoza, Petra Ramirez, Juan Gonzalez, Iris Iglesias and Roy Vela.
“I know that we have had an awesome team to work with. All the board members, I’m very proud of them,” Rodgers said when she learned the news via phone call from Superintendent Dr. Carol G. Perez.
Ramirez, who has been a trustee for eight years, said she is honored the board was selected for the award, but the help of the whole MCISD community made it possible.
“When you have amazing leadership, everything falls into place. And of course, we as a board make decisions, but I mean, there’s so much work that goes into all of this. It’s just a team effort,” she said. “Yes, we are the board, but it takes a whole district to earn an award like what we’ve just got.”
The trustee said her proudest accomplishment as a board member this year was the district’s ability to survive COVID, offer stipends and provide higher-level benefits to the staff. At the last school board meeting, the trustees voted in favor of $2,000 stipends for all employees through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief grant. Additionally, MCISD recently became the highest paying school district in the area for teachers and bus drivers.
“It’s just an amazing accomplishment that we were awarded. Thank Region One and everybody else that was involved in giving us this award and seeing that we are really working together in the best interest of our district and our kids,” Ramirez said. “I think that’s what has gotten us where we are, you know. We are not perfect, but we always strive for the best.”
Region One ESC is just one of 20 Texas education service centers designed to assist school districts. But as the regional winner, Mission CISD has the opportunity to earn an award on a state-wide scale.
Region One ESC will submit MCISD’s nomination to the Texas Association of School Administrators for the Outstanding School Board of the Year program. TASA created the School Board Awards program to honor boards that demonstrate dedication and ethical services to the children of their respective districts. If Mission CISD is selected as the winner or for the Honor Board, it would be the first time the district receives the recognition since the program’s inception in 1971.
In August, TASA will select five school boards throughout the 20 service centers to be recognized as Texas Honor School Boards. The boards will be interviewed by a committee that will then select the Outstanding School Board recipient. TASA will announce the winner in September.