PISD Board of Trustees Swears in Members, Elects Officers

The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees at a special meeting May 20 swore in new board member Mario Acosta and incumbents Dr. Carol Fletcher and Vernagene Mott.

The Board also named its officers for the 2010-11 school year: Fletcher will remain in her position as Board of Trustees President; Elva Gladney was selected Board of Trustees Vice President; and Dr. Cynthia Graves was named Board of Trustees Secretary.

Acosta emerged the winner from a field of four candidates, and is the first Latino elected to the PISD Board of Trustees. Fletcher, first elected in 2001, and Mott, a Board member since 2004, ran unopposed.

Acosta may be new to the Board of Trustees but he is no stranger to PISD, having served as the principal at Parmer Lane Elementary School for 12 years before taking a job with the Texas Education Agency last year. Under his leadership, Parmer Lane was named one of Austin's best schools by Austin Monthly magazine, was regularly on the Texas Business and Education Coalition Honor Roll and received numerous Recognized rankings in the Texas Education Agency's yearly accountability ratings.

Acosta's career in education spanned 36 years, during which time he was a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and even a superintendent. Now he can add Board of Trustees member to that list.

Like Acosta, both Fletcher and Mott have strong ties to the Pflugerville school district.

Fletcher and her family have lived in Pflugerville since 1989, when she joined the District as a teacher at Pflugerville Middle School, a position she held until 1995. Fletcher currently works for The University of Texas in the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching program as an assistant director and research and development coordinator.

Mott was born and raised in Pflugerville, and graduated valedictorian of her Pflugerville High School class. She was a math and science teacher for 35 years. Her father, grandfather and father-in-law all served on the PISD Board of Trustees, and her husband and their three children are all PHS graduates.