McAllen school board swears in new president following May election

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Debbie Crane Aliseda

Debbie Crane Aliseda will be the McAllen school board’s next president after trustees were sworn in and the board was reorganized Wednesday.

Crane Aliseda, who previously served as president, is going into her seventh year as a trustee.

The board saw a significant influx of newcomers to its ranks after the May election.

Erica De La Garza-Lopez, Lizzie Kittleman, Aaron Daniel Rivera and Lucia Regalado were all sworn-in Wednesday.

After the meeting, Crane Aliseda noted with pride that the board now features a majority of women for the first time in its history.

“That being said, the entire board, both women and men, will be unified in our expectations of MISD,” she said. “We are focused on doing this with transparency, and with agreement on our objective of giving children a better education, a better preparation for entering their next level of education or their career.”

Crane Aliseda said she predicts efficiency and communication to be hallmarks of the new board.

“It’s not gonna be a five-hour meeting anymore,” she said. “We’re gonna be efficient, we’re gonna get things done in an hour, hour-and-a-half, two hours. We’re not gonna have meetings for the sake of having meetings.”

The board’s three remaining incumbents all got an officer position on the board. In addition to Crane Aliseda being voted in as president, Sam Saldivar became vice president and Sofia Pena became secretary.

All three nominated themselves for the positions.

“Which I thought was really a cool thing,” Crane Aliseda said. “We’re capable people, we don’t need somebody else to — I don’t know, I liked that. Take charge.”

Find the complete, unofficial election results of races across the Rio Grande Valley here.