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April 5th, 2008
Lupe Costilla's SMCISD resignation letter

It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as the District 3 Representative of the San Marcos CISD School Board

In May, I will leave my position as District 3 Representative of the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees and even though the entire school staff does not reside in District 3, I wanted to take this opportunity to convey my deep appreciation to all of you for your hard work and dedication to all SMCISD students. Having served in my elected capacity on the school board for 15 consecutive years, I feel a great sense of attachment to the San Marcos CISD family and with that a proper and appreciative parting on my part.

While I leave with a saddened heart, I also leave with a great sense of accomplishment both in academics and in extracurricular activities. The accomplishments are too numerous to mention but there are a few very dear to my heart. First and with your help, we were successful in passing a long overdue bond that has provided a good and positive learning and working environment for our students and teachers: new school buildings. We also have a new bus barn that is equipped to service the school’s bus fleet to ensure the safety of students and that also allows accessibility and management of all school buses in one central location. Secondly, the establishment of a Career Center at the high school that provides graduating students with necessary information for them to continue with their educational endeavors after high school graduation as well as the College Connection Program with Austin Community College. And most important at least to me, has been the recent educational initiatives focused on our school’s curriculum that impacts our student’s academic success. Even though we have and continue to make educational strides, an academic achievement gap remains between our sub groups—there is still work ahead to ensure the educational success of ALL students. However, I am optimistic that with your continued commitment, hard work, and dedication this gap will eventually close. I am sure that you will agree that we should not only assess and maintain current and successful educational methods but also keep abreast of and implement other best-practice educational teaching models that are continuously changing so that everyone is well trained and prepared to ensure the success of ALL STUDENTS. We should continue to be cognizant of the fact that what once worked educationally in rural America/San Marcos will not necessarily work in our current and changing modern society where education and now technology play a major part. I trust our entire teaching staff will remained focused in their endeavors to acquire current and successful teaching models so as to ensure the success of all their students.

As a humble servant, I also extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the constituents of District 3, San Marcos CISD School Board of Trustees, for the opportunity they afforded me to have served not only the students in District 3 but all students of San Marcos CSID. It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as the District 3 Representative of the San Marcos CISD School Board. I was elected in 1993 and have continued to serve in that capacity for 15 years. 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. That is a good thing to see, more people interested in serving and hopefully for the right reason—our students. It will also be good, especially as I grow older, to have the opportunity to spend more time with my family. Consequently, I have officially withdrawn from the District 3 San Marcos CISD School Board of Trustee’s race.

It is my hope that whatever judgments you might have of my service, that while all the decisions I made might not have been popular among every segment of my district or community at any one time during my tenure, be assured that those decisions were made not for personal gain or popularity purposes but rather made from the perspective as to what was best for our students and our school district. I am certain that everyone inclusive of community members, parents, teachers, staff and administrators agree that our school’s primary focus IS OUR STUDENTS who depend on us for guidance, direction, protection and their educational success so that they can also become contributing members of any community—it is about THEM, not us.

Robert Kennedy said many times in his speeches: “Some men see things as they are and say why; I dream of things that never were and say why not.” For many years now this has been my drive not only on a personal but a professional basis as well. The ‘whys and why nots’ have been the primary focus and interest for me in serving on this board. Whatever deemed my legacy, if any, has been for the purpose of ensuring the educational success of all our students.

Thank you for this opportunity that also enriched my personal life and growth and for the experience of having been a member of the ‘San Marcos CISD Family’. You will always have my support and will continue to celebrate all your successes. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance. Once again, THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK! GO RATTLERS!

Your Humble Servant,

Lupe Costilla
District 3 Representative
San Marco CISD School Board of Trustees
May 1993-May 2008

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