For the first time since 1929, which is as far back as records show, the Harlandale ISD has three female members of the Board of Trustees. Christine Carrillo and Erma Casarez were sworn in May 14, 2013 and join existing board member Velma Ybarra to make up the never seen before womanly trio.
“Wow! Since 1929? So we made history tonight,” exclaimed Carrillo as she posed for pictures with her new fellow board members.
That piece of information was just icing on the cake after a spirited special called board meeting to canvas the votes from the May 11th election and swear in three new members and one incumbent. Juan Mancha, a business owner and community activist, was sworn in after winning the Single Member District 1 race; Carrillo, a home maker, represents District 2; and Casarez who is child care provider now sits in the District 3 seat. David Abundis was the only sitting board member to win reelection and was sworn in again to represent District 4.
The new board then took time to realign. Jesse Jay Alaniz was voted in as President; Mancha was made Vice President; and Casarez was unanimously named secretary.
Outgoing board members did not leave empty handed. Community members presented Tomas Uresti with a picture collage, a Texas star and even prayed a special blessing over him. Board members then took a few minutes to honor, recognize and thank all the outgoing officials. Uresti and Joshua Cerna each had served 11 years on the board. Zeke Mendoza had served five years.