HISD swears in two new board members


HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District Board of Education swore in its two newest members Thursday morning during a special ceremony, according to a HISD news release.

HISD said Diana Dávila and Jolanda Jones were formally inducted at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center. Dávila and Jones were elected to the board in November.

Jones, an attorney and former member of the Houston City Council, will assume the District IV seat.

“As a child, I was the average kid going to school in HISD and District IV today,” Jones said in a news release. “I was raised by a single mother. My mom had to work a lot to keep a roof over our heads and food on our table. Oftentimes, my only meals of the day were free and reduced breakfast and lunch. I am the HISD kid.”

Dávila, a former teacher who served on the board from 2003 to 2010, will assume the District VIII seat.

“My goal and my mission has always been quality education – quality education for every student in HISD. I want to ensure that outstanding educational options are provided to every student across the district,” Dávila told HISD.

Officals said Rhonda Skillern-Jones, the board president, and Manuel Rodriguez, the first vice president, will renew their oaths of office during the ceremony.  Skillern-Jones has served four years on the board and Rodriguez has served 11 years. Skillern-Jones and Rodriguez were re-elected to their positions in December.