Pflugerville ISD officials swore in school board election winners Renae Mitchell, Vernagene Mott and Alissa Molina during a special meeting May 19.

Mitchell and Mott are both school board veterans and won back their place 3 and 4 seats respectively, and Molina defeated incumbent Brian Allen during a May 7 general election to win the Place 5 seat.

PfISD officials canvassed the votes May 16.

Molina had 55.08%, or 3,096 votes, to Allen's 2,525.

Additionally, Mitchell defeated opponent Pat McCord with 62.5%, or 3,529 votes, and Mott won against challenger Corbin Black with 63%, or 3,557 votes.

After she won her race, Mott, an 18-year veteran with Pflugerville ISD, said she is grateful to the voters and that there are many issues and challenges for the PfISD board to focus on coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a budget shortfall and declining enrollment.

"Academics has to be a priority so we can keep moving forward," Mott said. "The budget with state funding is a challenge. We have to diligently attract and retain teachers so we can keep moving [forward with] students' learning. We have to have our community come together to support our schools. I’m hoping volunteers will come back ... and can work in unity together."

Mitchell, who is an educational trainer and coach for the Texas Education Agency, said her top priorities include students’ mental health and wellness, getting students back to school, tackling learning loss due to COVID-19 and teacher retention.

Mott said her top priorities include a focus on district financial operations, community support and continued improvement of educational programs.

Molina, a former Austin ISD teacher, said her top priorities are to create a robust PfISD response to the extensive learning gaps incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she will also focus on supporting teachers and staff as their professional demands continue to increase.