CALEXICOÂ â€“ After several months of a vacancy on the Calexico School Board (CUSD) followingÂ Letty Zunoâ€™s resignation in August 2015, the Calexico Unified School District held a Special Board Meeting Tuesday evening to interview candidates who submitted applications and met the qualifications to fill the position.
A total of eight applicants qualified: Michael Castillo, Bill Hodge, Orlando Espino, Victor Legaspi, Vincent Cuevas, Javier Moreno, Norma Aguilar and Kalahan Ramirez. All had the opportunity to deliver a 15 to 20-minute speech on qualifications and employment experience.
The candidates received a list of questions prior to the interview for their review and study. Subsequent to their speeches, each answered the questions from the list provided. The candidatesâ€™ names were mixed in a box to be drawn randomly and voted upon by the board.
Norma Aguilar with a 3-1 vote (President, Ciro Ortega voting against) was appointed and sworn in as the new board member for CUSD and will be the appointee for the next 12 months as part of the election process.
â€œI want to thank the board for the opportunity to serve on the board again, we had very good candidates tonight and I feel honored to have been chosen to fulfill this duty,â€ said Aguilar.
Aguilar previously served as board member for the CUSD Board from 2010 to 2014.
First items on Aguilarâ€™s agenda are to identify ways to support student education by improving technology and making sure all teachers have the proper support in the classrooms and proper training in common core.
â€œI bring with me 17 years of experience while working for CUSD in addition to my previous position with the CUSD board,â€ added Aguilar.
Aguilar was born and raised in CalexicoÂ andÂ is the advisor for the Criminal JusticeÂ Program at San Diego State University and also an advisor forÂ English majors; Â co-founder of the Brown Bag Coalition, and is an active member of the community.
â€œIt feels great to be back. I have to admit though I was really nervous,â€ said Aguilar.
Aguilar will have to run again for the position in November 2016.