Jan. 19, 2011
Five new SBOE members take office
Austin – Five new members of the State Board of Education, and three returning members, were sworn into office today during a ceremony in Austin.
A ceremonial oath of office was administered to the board members by state Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano.
The new members are:
- Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, who is an assistant principal in the Clint Independent School District. He has served as an education administrator in college, high school, middle and elementary school. He replaces René Nuňez, D-El Paso.
- Michael Soto, D-San Antonio, is an associate professor of English at Trinity University. He is also director of the McNair Scholars Program and the author of three books and numerous articles. He replaces Rick Agosto, D-San Antonio.
- Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, is a governmental relations consultant and lobbyist. He has been an active school volunteer. He replaces Don McLeroy, R-College Station.
- Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown, is an educator who has taught in both the public schools and at the university level. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She replaces Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond.
- George Clayton, R-Richardson, is an academic coordinator at North Dallas High School in the Dallas Independent School District. As an academic coordinator, he is the administrator who oversees the English language arts and reading teachers at North Dallas.
Re-elected and beginning a new term are Lawrence Allen, D-Fresno; Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio; and Bob Craig, R-Lubbock.
Additional information about the board members is available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3803.
Normally, board members are elected to four-year terms of office. However because of redistricting, these eight members will serve for two years and then all 15 board seats will be up for election.
Photographs from today’s ceremony will be posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/txedu/sets/.