The incumbent candidate for the Place 2 seat on the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District's Board of Trustees is asking the public to vote for her based on her experience and commitment to the school district.
Sylvia Longoria-Hill and her husband, Alvin, reside in the Tuloso area with their three children. Longoria-Hill has worked 18 years for Flint Hills Resources as a system analyst. She is also a 1981 graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School.
"I've been very involved in the schools. To me, kids are my passion," she said. "I really, truly believe that if you give the kids the opportunity to learn, they're going to learn and that's what I want to do - I want to be able to give those kids that opportunity."
Longoria-Hill said all three of her children have attended the TMISD, with one of her daughters having recently graduated, while another is in the seventh grade at Tuloso-Midway Middle School. Her son is also a senior this year at the high school.
In terms of her experience, Longoria-Hill said she was most proud of the district's passage of a $27.4 million bond election in 2006, which resulted in the construction of a new, state-of-the-art science lab addition to the high school.
Longoria-Hill also mentioned how the district worked together to coordinate a recent Tax Ratification Election with other area school districts in early September that was overwhelmingly approved by voters. The proposal will result in hundreds of thousands in new state dollars for the school district over the next few years.
"I think it's good to have that unity, because we can get a lot of stuff done," she said. "We're all working for the kids. I mean the kids always come first for us. So, if you have that unity, I think you get a lot more stuff done than if you have a board that disagrees all the time. It hasn't been a problem."
As for what she hopes to get accomplished should voters grant her a third term on the school board, a position she's held since 2003, Longoria-Hill said she will make resolving the issue of the faulty $2.4 million tennis courts that have been unused by students due to faulty construction a priority. A lawsuit is still pending between the district and the project's contractor.
"My biggest (goal) is getting those tennis courts ready for these kids. To me, it's really been a shame that we have these brand new tennis courts and hardly got to use them," she said.
Longoria-Hill's fellow incumbent trustees, John Samaniego and Jan Mostella, are running unopposed in this year's General Election.