Rosendo Espinoza, the incumbent trustee for Place 7 on the Robstown school board, is seeking his fourth term in office.

Espinoza, a 1972 graduate of Robstown High School, was first elected to the board in 2000. He currently works as a manager at the Corpus Christi Army Depot, where he has been employed for the past 28 years.

Espinoza and his wife, Cynthia, have been married 29 years and have two adult children.

"People ask if I still have kids in school in Robstown, and I tell them no, I just do it because I care about Robstown," Espinoza said. "I'm here to serve the community of Robstown."

Espinoza said he is proud of the new schools that have been built during his term and the healthy fund balance the district currently has, but said the credit goes to the board as a whole, not to one individual.

"We just try to do what's right for the school district," Espinoza said. "I'm not in it for any personal glory."

As for the future, Espinoza said the biggest obstacle the district currently faces is declining student enrollment.

"It's not just Robstown, but nationwide districts are losing students, because there are no jobs in the area," Espinoza said. "The way the economy is going right now, people are moving out of the area."

However, there may not be any easy way to address the issue, Espinoza said.

"They keep blaming (Superintendent Roberto) Garcia, but neighboring districts, their enrollment is going down," Espinoza said. "We just have to adjust to our declining enrollment."

One area he thinks the district can do better is in providing more vocational programs for high school students. If he is reelected, Espinoza said he hopes to partner with local refineries and other businesses to provide more vocational training to the district's students.

The most visible issue in the district is the division on the school board, but Espinoza said he prefers not to weigh in on the causes of that division.

"There are outside influences that cause that turmoil," Espinoza said. "It's a power thing."