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December 8th, 2009
Hays CISD tabs Tenorio


The Hays CISD Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously voted to appoint Willie Tenorio, Jr., to fill the unexpired term left vacant by Joe Muñoz, who resigned his Kyle-based District 2 when he moved to another area within the school district.

Tenorio will serve until a special election to fill the rest of the unexpired term. The election will take place in May 2010. The term ends in May 2011. Tenorio will be sworn in on Dec. 14.

A business analyst in the accounting section of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Tenorio is a graduate of Hays High School and has children who attend Fuentes Elementary School and Chapa Middle School.

“My education here allowed me to go to University of Texas with a degree in finance, get a good job and be a contributing member of the community,” Tenorio told the board. “I want to be on the board to help the 14,000-plus students of Hays CISD get a good start in life. Education has a strong impact on an individual.”

Tenorio said he had been thinking about running for the school board for several years.

“I’m actively involved in the school district already and I have a good track record,” he said. “I’ve never held a political office before, but I come with a clean slate, with good ideas, ready to build momentum.”

Hays CISD Trustees President Patti Wood described a “tough” decision by the board, but “one that is best for our board and our district.”

She thanked the candidates for participating and challenged them to “continue to show an interest in serving the district.”

Among the candidates the trustees passed over was former Kyle Councilmember Todd Webster, who is the chief of staff for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The other candidates were LCRA employee Anthony Gonzales and transportation manager Jimmy L. Wren

Two other elections that could change the face of the school board also are scheduled for May 2010. In District 4, the north section of the school district, Trustee Ralph Pfluger has not announced his intentions. A member of the original Hays CISD board in 1967, Pfluger has most recently served on the board since May 2004.

In District 5, which covers the school district’s western region, Chip DuPont has said he will not seek another term. DuPont has served for nine years on the trustees, four as trustees president.

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