Voters in Devine, Medina Valley and Pearsall Independent School Districts will elect School Board members on Nov. 3. The following information was provided by candidates in contested races in response to a Devine News questionnaire. Some candidates did not submit completed questionnaires or photos. Candidates are presented in alphabetical order. Responses are edited for style and space. (i) = incumbent.
Education/Experience: Property owner in DISD since 1997, living in district since 2002. Two daughters attend DISD schools, two children graduated from DISD schools, wife is a paraprofessional at the Devine Intermediate. Vice president of operations at Grubb Engineering. Helped establish Bigfoot VFD and serves as a volunteer firefighter (captain) and president of board.
Priorities: “I want to make a positive impact in the Devine ISD Schools to allow and encourage children the opportunity for an above-average education.”
Henry Moreno Jr. (i)
Education/Experience: Devine HS graduate. 30 years with Texas Health and Human Services. Retired six years ago, then returned to THHS. Devine ISD School Board member for over 14 years. Member of Bigfoot Fire Department and Bigfoot Community Board. Member of Longview Cemetery. Active in Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church.
Priorities: “My priorities are to work well with our new superintendent and get our schools to achieve an ‘A’ rating. Work to achieve balance budget and to retain our valuable teachers. Safety and good health for our students and all of Devine ISD employees.”
Nancy Pepper (i)
Education/Experience: Graduate of John Marshall High School and business college in San Antonio. Retired, but still does accounting for small businesses and non-profits. Elected to Devine School Board in 2008, serving as secretary, vice president and president (since 2018).
Priorities: “There have been many challenges over the years, but none so great as in this past year. I would like to continue working with our new superintendent, the school board and Devine ISD’s wonderful employees to make the best decisions to educate and care for the children for whom we have been entrusted.”
Education/Experience: Former mayor and councilman in Castroville. Disabled veteran (Marines). Runs a small BBQ catering business. Associate degree in aviation maintenance and managed the Castroville airport while mayor there. Coached Devine youth football league, helped start Pop Warner football league in Castroville. Was vice president and head coach of the Peewee division.
Priorities: “I would like to bring in fresh ideas and change some policies like the drug policy. We need more involved principals and staff. We need the right people in place who demand and expect positive change. We need more outside influences, like motivational speakers, life speakers, and alcohol and drug speakers and mentors.”