At the January Fabens ISD Board Meeting, Superintendent Poncho Garcia Jr. recognized and thanked the board members for their service and commitment to the community and students of Fabens.
Garcia said that each board member has the passion and commitment to see all students succeed at the highest level possible; and that each stand up for public education and support the district in doing what is best for all our students.
Garcia, the longest-serving superintendent in the region at 15 continuous years in his position, made sure the Fabens ISD School Board members were recognized for their role in the district’s success.
Board members Orlando Flores, President, Rey Sepulveda, Vice-President, Aurora Alvillar, Secretary, and Sylvia Gonzales, Marcos Salcido III, Greg Spence and Benjamin Morales, were all honored as residents who donate their time and service to ensure that the entire district provides the best learning opportunities for all students.
Garcia said, “Our board has done an excellent job insetting high expectations in offering numerous opportunities for our students to be both college and career ready…we are very appreciative for all the support the board has given in making a district of “Wildcat Pride”, character and family.”
In response, the Board members had the following statement about Mr. Garcia’s tenure in Fabens:
Accomplishments are not possible unless there is equal and sincere commitment from board and superintendent. The board meaningfully values the forty-one years of experience that Mr. Garcia has in Education. The board equally recognizes that he is the only superintendent in Region 19 who is a Veteran with service to the U.S. Navy.
To date, Mr. Garcia is the only superintendent in Region 19 with the longest tenure of fifteen years in office. This service and experience has built a trustworthy relationship and has allowed Mr. Garcia to foster a very strong sense of stability for Fabens.
Garcia responded by saying he “[was] appreciative of the continuous support and commitment from all board members.” Garcia added, “As a former U.S. Navy “sailor”, Mr. Garcia is prepared and excited to see that every student “sails” with the opportunities that are brought to Fabens and ensure that they are academically and socially successful.”
The following are some of the accomplishments that Mr. Garcia highlighted:
Increased enrollment in dual credit & college courses
Established the Cotton Valley Early College High School
Designation of FHS as a T-STEM Academy by Texas Education Agency
Met Standard Rating
13+ years of Superior Rating on OUR School First
Recruiting and retaining of high qualified teachers and staff
Highest paid teacher salary in Region 19
Provided technology equipment (laptops) to all teachers
Upgrading & renovating facilities
1. New FHS Gym 2. FES exit road 3. New Track Field 4. New Tennis Courts
Free breakfast and lunch
Renovation of FHS Fine Arts building
Successful Passage of Bond for $8.4 million (Nov. 2014)
Community health based clinic-GAMUT
Created a Counselor’s Corner at FHS
Redesigned District Website
Investment of $250,000 for band instruments
David Sublasky Headstart Center
FHS courses at FMS
Highly successful UIL program at all grade levels
Expanding business partnerships
Refunding bonds with a savings of $740,000
Healthy fund balance
Investigating and sightseeing new CATE to include Culinary Arts and Agriculture
In addition, during the past ten years, the board also supported the expansion of FHS library, construction of Fabens Elementary School, Renovation of O’Donnell Intermediate School, Amador Villalobos Field House, Science Lab at FHS, and a Multipurpose Center.
Author: Fabens ISD