Austin ISD Board Names Geronimo Rodriguez to Fill District 6 Seat

At tonight's board special meeting, the Austin ISD Board of Trustees selected Geronimo Rodriguez as the new District 6 trustee.

Rodriguez, a chief advocacy officer, has lived in District 6 for 13 years and in Austin for more than 16.

"The two greatest challenges facing public education are addressing the accelerated changes in our society, teaching children how to adopt and adapt as they transition from high school to college and career-ready efforts and addressing the inequities in our public finance system in the state of Texas," Rodriguez said in his application for the position. 

Alejandro Delgado, Geronimo Rodriguez Jr. and Glen Shield applied to fill former trustee Paul Saldaña's postion.

Following Saldaña's resignation April 24, the board voted to fill the vacancy by appointment. The board also voted on a process for appointing a new District 6 trustee. 

The process and timeline included up to three opportunities for candidates to respond to questions from residents of District 6. Trustees interviewed applicants May 30 during a public meeting.

The new trustee, who will ceremoniously be sworn in at the June 19 regular board meeting, will serve until the next general election in November 2018.