An incumbent for the Calallen Independent School District Board of Trustees is hoping voters will re-elect her to a third term in order to continue serving the community and its children.
Yolanda Villarreal and her husband reside in the Calallen area and have had all three of their daughters graduate from Calallen High School. She is registered pharmacist and a 1975 graduate of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. She has owned Medical Plaza Pharmacy in Calallen since 2000.
Villarreal has served in various community organizations and committees, including the Texas Scholars Committee, which helped bring the program to high schools in the northwest area, Girl Scouts and Nueces County Medical Society Alliance Board.
Education, she said, has always been a big part of her life, with her mother being a teacher for 36 years and her father serving as an administrator and teacher, as well. Three of her siblings are also teachers.
"I just was not blessed to be able to teach," she said. "I loved it, but I felt the best way I could help was by running for the board, and that's what I did the first time."
Villarreal has served as a trustee since May 2003.
One of the things Villarreal hopes to make a push for, should voters grant her another term, is finding a way to bring more certified teachers into the school district. With state funding decreasing yearly for the CISD, finding alternate ways to pay for any new or more qualified staff will be necessary.
Still, the benefits would be great for the district and its students, she added.
"We recommitted and made a promise to our taxpayers that we would not put teachers in the classroom that were not certified to teach the subject area that they were teaching," she said. "That's only fair to our kids. (Teachers) have got to be well-qualified, but you're going to have to pay them a salary for their value. By valuing the quality of teachers, and the job that they do, we value the kids."
As for why she is seeking re-election, Villarreal said she is hoping to see the ongoing bond projects completed according to what taxpayers approved. Villarreal has been against plans for a proposed multi-purpose athletic facility, which includes an indoor practice field for football, baseball and band, as well as an eight-lane swimming pool. Villarreal is opposed to the field, but would like to see the pool built.
"I thought maybe I might get off, but we're not finished," she said. "I feel like I made a commitment to the community for their tax monies when they voted for this project…and we need to finish it the way the people voted for it."