EDINBURG – More than 250 people filled the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Board Room recently to witness the swearing-in ceremony for the three newly-elected school board members.

The first board member to be sworn in was Robert Pena Jr., who will now serve his third term on the board.

“One of the things I definitely want to work on and accomplish together is that we’ve been successful in working as a team of eight and I want to make sure that we continue doing that,” Pena said. “The fact that we pull together for the district in the successes means a lot to the teachers and the staff.”

Carmen Gonzalez was the next board member to officially take the oath of office. This will be her fourth term on the board.

“Since I’m the senior member of this board, I hope that I can put all my efforts in making sure that the board works well together for the benefit of the whole district,” Gonzalez said. “We only have really one new board member, which is Mr. Farias. But, I see in him a very positive potential. He is about boys and girls.”

Rounding out the three swearing-in ceremonies, was new board member Miguel “Mike” Farias.

“I’m hoping to do an array of things. Number one, I’d like to go ahead and address our insurance issues with the teachers. Also, I’d like to go ahead and address some bus issues, such as routes and stuff like that, kids getting picked up too early and staying too late,” Farias said. “Those are the kinds of things I want to address.”

All three of the newly elected board members said that they are proud of the excellent work the district administration is providing for the students and look forward to working together to further its mission, which is to “Accomplish Educational Excellence Through Creativity and Innovation.”