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School board elections May 1: Only Cotulla ISD has challengers
Cotulla ISD will be alone in holding an election for trustees on its board in May, as no candidates have filed to challenge incumbents in Pearsall, and Dilley ISD will not hold an election this year.
The school board election will be held concurrently with the city council election in Cotulla on Saturday, May 1.
Only one of two seats on the ballot this year will see challengers vying for votes at Cotulla ISD. Incumbent Kim Hoff is not being opposed in her bid for a new three-year term at Place 1. She has served on the board since being appointed in 2010 to replace Elizabeth Jones and has since been elected to keep the seat four times.
At Place 4 on the Cotulla ISD Board, incumbent Scott Reese has chosen not to seek re-election. He has served the district since being appointed in 2008 to replace Butch Northcut and has been elected to keep the seat four times.
Candidates who have filed to run for Reese’s vacant seat in the May 1 election are Ramon “Monchi” Charo, Alfredo Zamora Jr., and Thomas J Childers. Both Zamora and Childers have served on the school board in the past, Childers most recently at Place 2, where he was replaced last year by Robert Sanchez.
Pearsall ISD trustees are expected to meet soon to declare a cancelation of their election. Incumbents Marco Reyes in Place 3, Rochelle Camacho in Place 4, and Sandra Waldrum in Place 7 will be returned to new three-year terms in office unopposed and will take their oaths in May, shortly after the date on which the election would have been held.
Reyes has served on the PISD Board for a total of ten years in two separate stints, Camacho for 14, and Waldrum for six.
Dilley ISD is scheduled to hold its next school board election in 2022. Its 2020 election was canceled when no candidates filed to oppose three incumbents’ bids for re-election to three-year terms.
The deadline for filing for places on the school board election ballots passed on Friday, February 12.
School board trustees are responsible for decisions on budgets and financing, facilities construction and equipment purchases, staffing, and district policies. They also oversee academic progress and examine student performance district-wide and at specific grade levels. The positions are unpaid.