Two incumbents were re-elected to the Pflugerville School Board on Saturday, but challenger Alissa Molina beat Brian Allen in the Place 5 race.
Place 3 Trustee Renae Mitchell and Place 4 Trustee Vernagene Mott both reclaimed their seats winning over 60% of the vote.
Mitchell, director of human resources, got 3,529 votes to defeat Pat McCord, who finished with 2,118. McCord is a 62-year-old photographer and technology consultant.
Mott, a retired teacher, won her seventh term in 4th place against Corbin Black, a 32-year-old software engineer. Mott had 3,557 votes to Black’s 2,093.
Molina, the 44-year-old founder of a nonprofit media organization, beat incumbent Allen, 51, a human resources director who was running for his second term in 5th place. Molina finished with 3,096 votes against 2,527 for Allen.
Mitchell said the biggest issues facing the district are student performance, safety and teacher retention, similar to other districts in the region.
Its goals, Mitchell said, are to build district-community relationships, focus efforts on student mental health and well-being, and teacher retention.
“I have listened and will continue to listen to the needs of our students, our parents and the community,” Mitchell said. “My passion for education coupled with my own experiences as a parent in preparing students to graduate and achieve their post-graduate goals, makes me uniquely qualified to continue as a board member. of administration that defends the interests of our students and our families.”
Mott said the biggest issues facing the district are teacher attraction and retention, as well as student performance and state funding.
She said her goals were to seek a discipline/code of conduct review, advocate with lawmakers for the 2023 legislative session, increase district-community relations, highlight success on every campus to increase student and faculty retention, and to be accountable and transparent.
Molina said the biggest challenge facing the district is the shortage of teachers and staff, which will make it harder to manage ever-changing challenges in the future. “Teachers are our first and best hope in our classrooms,” she said.
Molina said her goals will focus on creating a response to learning gaps due to the pandemic, particularly finding ways to support teachers and staff.
“At a time and in a climate where communities are increasingly polarized and siled, my 19 years of living in Pflugerville have shown me that we are a community committed to honoring differences,” Molina said. “I’m proud that my connections and connections span the entire district and I believe this will help me bring people together to work for every student and every teacher.”