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Voters Send Message to NEISD Board of Trustees

Northeast schools are getting a breath of fresh air. Thanks to voters, the Northeast Independent School District Board of Trustees has several new members. Previous Board trustees often made media headlines for their infighting. 

The San Antonio Express-News recently reported that “Conservative candidates suffered heavy defeats in all five North East Independent School District races” … “losing a battle for the control of a currently divided board to a rival slate of moderates.” 

On May 14, at a special board meeting, four new members of the North East ISD Board of Trustees and a trustee who won his re-election bid were sworn into office.

Lisa Thompson won the race for District 1, Tracie Shelton won in District 2, Melinda Cox was the winner in District 5, and Terri Chidgey won in District 6. Trustee David Beyer will return to serve NEISD for another four-year term representing District 4. 

A special election was held to fill the vacancy in District 2 due to Terri Williams’s passing in 2023. Williams was not only a trustee but also a businesswoman and associate regional director of the UTSA SBDC Center for Government Contracting.

This year’s election saw candidates supported by Political Action Committees (PACs) that spent tens of thousands of dollars. In recent years, the former trustees have engaged in cultural debates about sexual education, gender identity, and race relations.

NEISD has 70 campuses and eight high schools serving over 57,000 students. Nearly 62 percent of the students are Hispanic, and almost 7 percent are Black, and another 4 percent are considered two or more races. 

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