Rio Grande Valley school board announced as finalists in H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program

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MISSION, Texas – H-E-B has announced the Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees as a finalist in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program. This is the 19th year for the awards program, but only the sixth year in a row that H-E-B is recognizing five public school boards to highlight the importance of strong leadership at the board level. 

To determine overall statewide winners, a panel of judges will visit each of the five finalist school board districts. This visit will include campus tours and talks with administration, staff, parents, and community members. 

Winners will be announced at the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony on May 3 at the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio. If selected, one or more school boards will receive up to a total of $25,000. 

The Mission CISD Board of Trustees consists of: Charlie Garcia III, president; Minnie R. Rodgers, vice president; Jerry Zamora, secretary; Patricia Y. O’Caña-Olivarez, member; Petra B. Ramirez, member; Dr. Sonia M. Treviño, member; Veronica “Betty” R. Mendoza, member. 

“It has been such an honor to work with this board and I am so proud of their dedication and commitment to the students, staff, and community,” said Dr. Carol G. Perez. “Since they are true public servants it is exciting to see them named as finalists in a prestigious, statewide awards program like this. To find this out during School Board Recognition Month is wonderful timing.”

Since the inception of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, the program has awarded more than $11.5 million in funding to benefit outstanding Texas public schools. This year, H-E-B will award a total of $82,500 to the finalists and school boards, who will go on to compete for even greater cash prizes at the statewide level. The program recognizes school districts, early childhood centers, school boards, teachers, and principals.

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