Marfa ISD School Board seeks new member

Deadline for applicants is January 12

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MARFA — The Marfa Independent School District Board of Trustees is soliciting letters of interest from community members willing to fill a vacancy on the board with a deadline of January 12. 

“We want someone that will bring their own unique voice and perspective to our team and work with the rest of the board members,” said Teresa Nuñez, board president. 

Interested and qualified parties are encouraged to submit a letter detailing their desire to serve on the board no later than 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 12. Letters may be dropped off at the superintendent’s office or mailed. School is still out for winter break, meaning offices will be closed until January 10. If mailed, letters must be addressed to Teresa Nuñez, Marfa ISD Board of Trustees, P.O. Box T, Marfa, TX 79843. 

The board will review applications, potentially interview candidates and appoint a new member at their next regular meeting on Monday, January 16 at 6 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to attend the January 16 meeting, which will be held in the district’s administration building located just up the stairs next to Martin Field’s Lincoln Street entrance. 

The available seat, Place 1, has remained vacant since July when the board accepted the resignation of Christa Marquez. At that time, the board opted not to fill the seat due to the impending bond election and start of the 2022-23 school year. 

The term for the vacant seat is unexpired, meaning the chosen candidate will serve until May 2023, at which time their seat will be up for re-election. In the recent past, school board members have been appointed rather than elected by the public due to few candidates. School board members serve three-year terms. 

The school board is made up of eight community members including Superintendent Oscar Aguero. They hold public meetings monthly and often hear from district staff as well as discuss facility updates, budgets, school activities, employee pay, students’ academic progress and more. 

Over the past year, the topic of failing district infrastructure led the board to put a $57 million school bond on the ballot for a new K-12 campus, which failed to win voter approval in the general election this fall. A strategy for how to proceed with another bond initiative is among the board’s current challenges. The school board has also recently been participating in Lonestar Governance, board training provided by the Texas Education Agency, focused on improving student outcomes and more. 

In order to qualify as a board member, candidates must not be an employee of the school district, must have been living within the state of Texas for at least 12 months and within MISD’s jurisdiction for at least six months (their district takes up the majority of Presidio County). Applicants must be qualified voters, United States citizens, 18 years or older, not have been convicted of a felony or declared mentally incapacitated.