Helping to build unity and improving test scores are two issues an incumbent for the Robstown Independent School District Board of Trustees said he hopes to address if reelected by voters.

Jerry Gonzalez, 45, is finishing his first term as the Place 6 trustee and said he feels the board has accomplished quite a bit during his first term. He cited accomplishments, such as the district having implemented an energy efficiency plan to cut utility costs and an increase to the size of the district's bus fleet.

"I enjoyed (serving) and it's been a positive experience for me," Gonzalez said. "I think we're doing good things for the community."

Given the economic situation impacting districts around the state and country, Gonzalez said he feels the district is fortunate to have a healthy fund balance.

"Things are hard right now and we're just trying to keep the district in the black," he said.

Something he said is lacking on the school board is unity, and he hopes that if reelected, he can help the board achieve that goal. He also hopes to provide pay raises for teachers.

"I would just hope that we could get back together on track and work together for the sake of our teachers and students in Robstown," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, elected in 2006, is a 1983 graduate of Robstown High School.