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By ED MIHALKANIN, Ph.D.
Correspondent

There are elections in San Marcos that are hiding in plain sight. Many of us have not noticed these elections with all the excitement of the presidential campaigns and the especially prominent role that our state and city has played in the contest. Yet, these hidden elections are very important: they are elections for three positions on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD) school board.

Our school board election day is Saturday, May 10, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. The Hays County Elections Office at 401-C Broadway Street, San Marcos, is the polling place for people who live within the school district boundaries in precincts 110, 112, 113, 116, 206, and 336. The Martindale Baptist Church on Main Street in Martindale is the polling place for people in precincts 108, 301, 302, and for those who live within the boundaries of the school district in precinct 206. The San Marcos Housing Resident’s Office at 820 Sturgeon Street, San Marcos, is the polling place for people in precincts 121, 447, and for those who live within the school district boundaries in precincts 110, 113, 120, and 446.

Early voting for school board elections will be held from weekdays Monday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 6 from 8:00am to 5:00pm and on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the District Administrative Office at 501 South LBJ Drive in San Marcos. People can vote early at the Hays County Elections Office at 401 Broadway Street in San Marcos only from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Monday April 30 AND from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, May 3.

People who are registered voters of SMCISD will be able to elect a school trustee in Single Member District One (1) and a school trustee for Single Member District Two (2). The candidates for District One are Lee “Barry” Davis, David T. Castillo and incumbent Joe Castillo. The candidates for District Two are Laura Duhon, and incumbent Margie T. Villalpando. Newstreamz plans to provide our readers with interviews with all the candidates in contested school board races soon.

At the SMCISD school board meeting of April 1, the secretary of the school board certified that Mr.Jesse Ponce, Jr. was an unopposed candidate for school trustee for Single Member District Three (3) and the school board cancelled the election for that district and declared Mr. Ponce elected. Mr. Ponce will receive his certificate of election after the results of the May 10 contested school board elections are certified by the school board. (Mr. Ponce filed his candidacy on March 10).

The big surprise of this batch of school board elections was the decision of the incumbent school board member, Lupe Castilla, (District Three), not to seek re-election. Ms. Castilla, a five term incumbent, was first elected to our school board in May, 1993. Ms Castilla filed for reelection on February 29 but withdrew her candidacy on March 18. (A third potential candidate, Janie Olivo, who had filed for Ms. Castilla’s position on March 10, also withdrew her candidacy on March 18, the last day to withdraw).

Trustee Castilla explained her decision to withdraw from the District Three race in a letter released to the public saying in part, ” I had initially filed to run for a sixth term on the San Marcos CISD School Board. However, upon seeing a broader interest from individuals seeking election not only in my district but also in District 1 and 2 of the San Marcos CISD School Board led me to conclude to withdraw from the race….It will also be good…to have the opportunity to spend more time with my family.”

In her letter, Trustee Castillo also highlighted important accomplishments during her service on the school board such as the “passing of a long overdue bond” that provided for a new school building and a new bus barn, “the establishment of a Career Center at the high school”, and “educational initiatives focused on our school’s curriculum”. Ms. Castillo also thanked the school district staff, voters, and the school board for the opportunity to serve on the board for the past fifteen years.

PHOTO: San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District website

EDIT: Lee “Barry” Davis is a candidate for District One and was incorrectly listed as being a candidate for District Two – this has been corrected in the story.

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0 thoughts on “Hiding in Plain Sight: SMCISD School Board Elections

  1. Thank you for news on the important upcoming school board election. In future articles it might be helpful to explain the locations for the various school districts in San Marcos. I can’t seem to locate any explanation on the SMCISD web site. Thanks again for this article. Diann McCabe

  2. I should have pointed out that there are .pdf files of the districts embedded in the story – you will see them as you mouse-over.

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