Tony Botello Jr. is looking for a third term in the upcoming May election for Place 7 on the Alice Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Botello has served on the board for the past four years and is hoping to gain two more. He said he has helped students and teachers get a look at education with a brighter view.
“As a retired educator, I know what goes on in the education field,” Botello said. “I have a hat of all trades.”
Botello has been a leader of community education by helping adults learn how to type and take short-hand. He retired from being an educator after 36 years. Botello was a teacher in Alice, principal at Ben Bolt and assistant principal at Beeville and Mathis.
Some of the goals Botello hopes to achieve in his third term is to increase the graduation rate. He said high school is all about graduation.
“Hopefully we can look at trying to look at the budget to get some of our teachers a raise, trying to lower health costs, that’s very important to us and of course looking for something to satisfy our special needs kids,” Botello said.
With so many board projects going on around the district, Botello said Memorial Intermediate and Alice High School are his priority. He said there are many improvements needed at both schools and wishes the district had the money to build a new campus for Memorial.
“We try to keep Memorial, as best as possible, in good shape along with Salazar,” Botello said.
Botello is glad the board was able to give some bond money to Salazar Elementary School for new bathrooms. He will be running against Kim Kubala and Hector Villarreal for Place 7.
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