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May 6th, 2009
Delgado campaigns on home roots

Vincent Delgado. Photo by Andy Sevilla.

By BILL PETERSON
Executive Editor

Vincent Delgado, a native and life-long resident of San Marcos, is making his first bid for public office in his run for the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees. He said he is a Rattler for life. Delgado is a meter technician for the City of San Marcos, a Crockett Elementary PTO member and a member of the cheerleader booster club at San Marcos High School.

Newstreamz interviewed Delgado, 45, at The Coffee Pot.

Where do you live and how long have you lived there?

I live in San Marcos. I live at 1110 Marlton Street. I’ve lived there for 19 years. I was born and raised in San Marcos. I went to school here, graduated in 1982. I have four kids. Three of them are still in school, one in elementary and two in high school, and my wife is my high school sweetheart.

Which schools are your children in?

My youngest one is in Crockett Elementary School and my other two are a sophomore at the high school and a senior at the high school. My senior is a special ed and he will graduate this year,.

You’re children who are out of high school, what education did they receive after high school?

He attended ACC classes and took all his basic classes, got them out of the way. But he decided college wasn’t for him.

If your children were blessed with children of their own and they lived here, would you recommend that their children attend schools here in the San Marcos CISD?

Absolutely, 100 percent.

Why?

This town is still a small town, relatively small. My home town. You can’t turn a corner without knowing somebody, whether it’s a relative or a friend that you made here. So, I feel that if I am blessed to have grandkids, they can go to the same school that their grandfather went to and I can talk to them a bit about the history and what it is to be a Rattler. Perhaps, by that time, we’ll have one of the best schools. We’ll work toward that goal. Maybe we won’t be a small town anymore because of the school’s reputation.

What is your educational background?

Just a high school graduate. Graduated in 1982. I did attend some electrical courses for where I work at. I’m a meter technician. I repair and calibrate meters, install meters, test them, write programs for them. I attended four years of courses at Purdue and four years worth at (Texas) A&M (for certification).

What do you know about our school system?

Only what you hear from other teachers, students. I hear we have a great school, but the word’s not out, yet. For some reason, the further you get out from the school district, the worse we get. The closer you get within the school, whether you talk to a principal or a board member, they’ll tell you we have really good scores, good classes. But the perception is not there. That affects the parents taking their kids out of school, taking them to Pathfinders, or taking them to PRIDE, taking them to Hays school district or New Braunfels or Canyon. I know I can stop that. We can get more parent involvement. It’s a small community. Everybody knows everybody and if we can just get that word out, it’ll just be like dominoes. It will fall into place and we can change that perception.

How many students are in the San Marcos CISD?

A little over 7,000 students.

How many teachers are in the San Marcos CISD?

I believe there are 2,000 teachers? I’m not sure. I was given that number a while back, but I don’t remember that.

What is the annual budget of the San Marcos CISD?

I couldn’t answer that question. I have no idea. I could throw you a number and I’d be lying to you.

Where do the weaknesses in the school board lie?

The weaknesses are accessibility. It seems when everybody says I want to talk to my school board member, they go to the building. That shouldn’t be the case. The case should be, “Oh, my neighbor?” or “The person I see at church all the time?” or “The one I see at school?” or “My friend I can call?” or “I know that person that knows a school board member that I can get in touch with.” I think that’s one of our weaknesses we have is that we don’t have accessibility to the public. We should always be available to the public. That’s who we serve. And we’re not. Where I work, at the eclectic company, I’m accessible to the people who have problems with their meters, who have trouble with their electric bills. I’m there all the time, whether they’re upset or angry or want to give me a compliment, I’m there all the time between 8 and 5. And at times, over the weekend, they’ll call me and say, “Hey, my meter is spinning, what’s going on?” Or a friend of a friend of a friend will say, “Hey, they told me to call you because you have the answer to this question.” And if I don’t have that answer, I can direct them to Monday morning, call this person and get a good answer. That’s how we should be able to be with the school board. We should be able to receive calls and have accessibility to the public and have accountability to the public in all we say and do at all times.

What would you like to say to our readers?

I want to implement a vocational school. Bring vocational school back to the high school for teaching some of the kids that aren’t going to go to college some kind of skill for the work force, whether it’s plumbing, electrical work, carpentry. We can get the community involved and have the facility at the high school. Not somewhere else away from campus, but at the high school or nearby, where maybe the businesses can contribute funds and we can build the facility there and get the kids back involved in that. One of the other things that I wanted to touch on was after-school programs. Some of the schools have after-school programs where they have the kids after school until 6 o’clock and they’re being watched and monitored in a safe zone. I’d like to have that at the high school, also. At 4 o’clock, they usually close the doors and the kids are outside and left outside. Parents are wondering where their kids are at. Their concerned about them. They’re not really working. They’re trying to get to the high school. So, I want us to have a safe zone where they can use that as a study hall, tutoring, something like that. A safe zone for the kids. That’s what I want to touch on. I want to work with the parents. That’s what I want to do.

Given your lack of experience in civic and local government organizations, what can you bring to the work of the San Marcos CISD?

Once again, I’m not a politician. I have been a resident of San Marcos. I can start naming names of people I know all night, people that I know in this town, whether they’re relatives or friends or acquaintances. I’m a home boy. I’m home-grown San Marcos. The average person can relate to me. I’m not going to be wearing a suit all the time. I’m more comfortable wearing jeans and a T-shirt. In that light, if somebody sees me as themselves, they can approach me and talk to me, and I think that’s my strength. I’m just an average Joe who wants to help parents with kids. I think that’s a strength that some of these candidates don’t have. I’m still very much involved in the school and very much involved in San Marcos. It’s my home town.

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