Greetings from Your Newly Appointed Alamo Colleges District 2 Trustee, Jose A. Macias Jr.
It has been just over two weeks since the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees selected me to serve as the interim appointee for ACCD, District 2. The seat had been held by my friend Denver McClendon for over 16 years. I know that I have big shoes to fill, but I feel ready for the task. Since my appointment, I have been focused on meeting with community leaders across the eastside. I have met some wonderful people, but I also realized that there is a great deal of questions about who is Jose Macias?
As a result, I have been invited by the San Antonio Observer to introduce myself, share my district 2 priorities, address community concerns, frustrations, opportunities, and successes that I encounter. This introductory article will seek to briefly touch upon those questions and begin two-way dialogue within D2. I have so much that I would like share with each of you about my hopes for Alamo Colleges D2. Conversely, there is so much that I would like to learn about district 2.
My connection to the Eastside began when my family settled here in the 1920’s. They lived off Cherry Street and Dawson. My Great Aunt and Uncle broke bread with the Sutton family, who lived across the street from my family. My great grandparents also lived next door to my great Aunt and Uncle and eventually they introduced my grandmother to my grandfather. It means a lot to me to know that my family’s humble beginnings started on the Eastside of San Antonio.
I am a strong advocate for inclusion and cultural diversity and for bringing people together to make impactful change. As a college student at San Antonio College, I protested for diversity and inclusion. It truly matters and I learned that early in life.
As a school board member, I have proudly served Judson ISD for nearly 10 years. I was elected in 2010 and reelected in 2013 and 2017. During my tenure, student success was my primary objective. I worked very hard to ensure every student had the resources and support they needed to achieve. The most recent accountability results from the State showed that Judson ISD increased 11 points over last year earning a B rating from the TEA.
I was also very proud to lead efforts to increase the number of seniors taking the SAT by offering FREE SAT’s to every Senior.The number of seniors taking the SAT increased from 50% to over 90% in consecutive years. In addition, Judson ISD now offers support classes to help students prepare to take the SAT. Regardless of which path a student will take, college or career, successful SAT testing will help open opportunities and shape their future.
I am extremely proud to have been selected to serve as your representative on the Alamo Colleges Board. We have an opportunity to do some great things in the area of higher education. As your representative, it is important that I am accessible to you. I encourage members of district 2 to call or text me directly at 210.386.0075. I say this with all sincerity, please do not hesitate to reach out. There is much work to get done in D2 and I am eager to get started.
I look forward to sharing more in future commentaries with the SA Observer about the Alamo Promise, my vision for D2, and what matters to members across the community.