Less than a week after bidding farewell to one of its trustees, Alvin ISD approved their replacement at a special meeting Aug. 14.

What happened

Alvin ISD appointed Gabe Garza to take over its vacant board position at its Aug. 14 meeting. Garza will serve out the rest of the term, which is up in 2024, according to the district’s website.

Garza will replace former Trustee Vivian Scheibel, who resigned from the board at the district’s Aug. 8 meeting due to an out-of-district move.

Officials on the board did not respond to requests for comment about the process and decision that went into bringing Garza onto the board.

Career history

A Mission native, Garza lives in Manvel and has a career of serving on various boards and committees, according to a release from the district.

Some of those include the city of Manvel, his church, the Houston Hospitality Industry and a few committees within Alvin ISD, such as the School Boundary Advisory Committee, the School District Strategic Planning Committee and the Alvin ISD Education Foundation.

A Texas Tech University graduate, Garza is in his 11th year with Marriott International and works remotely as a senior sales executive for the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

What they’re saying

Garza in the release said he was “honored to serve my community” as a trustee.

"As a father, I want the best education and opportunities for my children, and as the husband of a teacher, I want the best working environment for my wife,” Garza said in the release. “As an Alvin ISD trustee, I am humbled to be entrusted with pursuing those same outcomes for every student attending an Alvin ISD school, and for every teacher and staff member serving our students and community.”