UPDATE: Incumbents Keller and Orosco win Hays CISD board of trustee races

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Update 9:19: With 99.83% of votes counted, incumbent board of trustees president Meredith Keller has won the Hays CISD District 4 race with 471 votes, or 79.16%; challenger Mark Summers currently has 124 votes, or 20.84%. In District 5, with 100% of votes counted, incumbent trustee Esperanza Orosco has 288 votes, or 64.96% while Frank Juarez had 156 votes, or 35.14%.

Previous post: Unofficial voting results show both incumbents in the Hays CISD board of trustee races leading easily in both District 4 and District 5.

In District, 5, trustee Esperanza Orosco leads with 288 votes, or 64.86%, while her opponent, Frank Juarez, had 156 votes. Board of trustees President Meredith Keller leads in District 5 with 471 votes, or 79.16%; challenger Mark Summers garnered 69 votes.

Orosco was elected to represent District 5 in 2016, before which she was a Hays CISD bilingual teacher for over a decade and served as president of the Texas State Teachers Association-affiliated Hays Educators Association and numerous committees. She was also on the board of Texas Association of Bilingual Education.

In a Q&A with Community Impact Newspaper, Orosco cited student outcomes and expanded programs as her priorities, writing: “Student achievement is paramount; we must strengthen our programs in the areas of gifted and talented, bilingual, STEM, dual credit, AP, just to name a few. We understand that there is always room for improvement. We need to take what we have done well and build on that.”

Keller was first elected to represent District 4 in 2010, before which she had served on several Hays CISD committees, including rezoning, district and campus leadership, and bond committees as well as the Texas Comptroller’s Task Force.

Keller indicated her first priority will be student outcomes in a Q&A with Community Impact Newspaper, writing, “We must cultivate our relationships and engage with our parents and community members in order to build the strong support systems that promote student academic growth.“

All election results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Katharine Jose has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters and other subjects for The New York Observer, Capital New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was an editor for several publications in New York City before she moved to Texas, and has a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Texas-Austin.
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