New Royal ISD trustees take office

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 12/1/22

Four new Royal ISD trustees took their oaths of office at a Nov. 21 school board meeting at the district’s administration building in Pattison.

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New Royal ISD trustees take office

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Four new Royal ISD trustees took their oaths of office at a Nov. 21 school board meeting at the district’s administration building in Pattison.

Jimmy Meader, Cori Hillsman Vahalik, Perla Mariela Aguilar and Scott Hartman were all first-time candidates for the four positions they won in the Nov. 8 general election.

Hartman, who is self-employed, defeated incumbent Adrian Rocha, a teacher and coach, and Mona Chavez Rios, a mail carrier, for the position 1 seat.

Aguilar, a business owner, defeated Gary Cruseturner, an insurance agent, for the position 2 seat. Incumbent Cheri Fontenot did not seek re-election.

Vahalik, an attorney and CPA, defeated J.J. Moussey, a retired police officer, for the position 3 seat. Incumbent Michael Glover did not seek re-election.

Meader, a subsea engineer, defeated incumbent Nathaniel Richardson Jr., an adjunct instructor, and Kent Kirby, a business owner, for the position 4 seat.

Following the swearing-in ceremonies, trustees selected Hartman board president, Position 7 Trustee Rose Jones as vice president, and Vahalik as secretary.

Trustees will be expected in January to consider placing a $144 million bond package on the May 2023 election ballot. A district facilities advisory committee has worked for the past four months to develop the package, which comprises projects focused on school safety and security, new infrastructure, renovations and remodels, and facilities improvements.

The committee will hold its final meeting Dec. 8, at which time it will choose the spokespeople to present the package in January for trustee consideration.

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