A longtime educator with ties to the community was selected to fill a vacant Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees seat last week.
Marisa Grijalva, a current part-time reading intervention teacher in Austin ISD, will serve the remainder of the at-large seat’s term, which expires May 2019, as part of a unanimous DSISD board of trustees vote.
Grijalva takes over for Shelly Reeves, who resigned her position in June due to an illness.
Grijalva is a Texas-certified educator who has spent 11 years as a teacher, including four at Dripping Springs Elementary from 2012 to 2016. She currently works part-time as a reading interventionist at Baldwin Elementary in Austin.
She currently has two children in DSISD, including one at Sycamore Springs Middle School and a student at Dripping Springs High.
The position was filled through an application process which, according to a district press release, is a common practice used by school boards throughout the state when a vacancy on the board occurs near the end of a term. Twenty members of the Dripping Springs community expressed interest in the position and six were selected for interviews.
“The DSISD Board is grateful for the number of people who raised their hands to volunteer for this interim position,” said Board President Carrie Kroll. “Please join us in welcoming Ms. Grijalva to the board, whose background as an educator will bring a unique perspective to this role. We are confident she will do a great job representing the voices in our community and advocating for our students.”
Grijalva was sworn in to the dais Monday.