If you live in District One of the Lubbock School District, you have a new representative. The school district filled the vacancy left by Dr. Erik Medina's resignation during a special meeting Wednesday morning. It took less than 45 minutes for the school board to choose Mario Ybarra to represent District One.
Former city councilman Victor Hernandez and former mayor David Langston were also candidates but present and past school officials tell us Ybarra was the candidate best fit for the role.
Mario Ybarra, a resident of district one for more than 20 years will now represent his own on LISD's School Board. President Mark Griffin says the board considered two other high profile candidates but concluded Ybarra's past involvement with the district has prepared him for this role. "We felt like his service on the bond steering committee just recently gave him some insight and some exposure to some of the district that the other two gentlemen didn't have access to."
"I'm just really overwhelmed, excited as well," says Ybarra.
The newly appointed member says he's eager to bring a new perspective to the board. As a parent of students who attended school in the district he plans to shed light on issues such as low student enrollment. "Hopefully some new direction and new ideas but at the same time, I feel we're traveling in the right direction and I don't want to steer away from that but add to that."
"When this opportunity came through I made the call myself to him and said I think you would do an excellent job," says Councilwoman Linda DeLeon.
Ybarra will fill the same seat City Council Woman Linda Deleon occupied for 18 years and it was inspiration from DeLeon that prompted Ybarra to seek the position. "I'm very thankful to the school board that they could see this man Mario Ybarra is going to do an excellent job," she says.
"We're anxious to welcome Mario on the board and get started on the work of the district," adds Griffin.
Ybarra will serve the remainder of Medina's term, until May of 2006. At that time he will have to run for the seat.
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