School Board Members

  • picture of gavel With students as their primary focus, the members of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees are responsible for the policy direction and governance of the district. The Hays CISD Board of Trustees is composed of seven members. Five trustees are elected from single-member-districts and two are elected at-large. Trustees are elected to serve three-year terms. They serve without compensation and work diligently to ensure the district provides a remarkable educational experience for the children it serves.  

    The Hays CISD Board of Trustees functions under the laws of the State of Texas in establishing district policy. Board Meetings are open to the public except for designated executive sessions held in accordance with Texas Open Meeting Laws.


    Officers:  President, Vice President, Secretary

    Members by District:  District 1,  District 2District 3,  District 4,  District 5,  At-Large (1),  At-Large (2)

    Members by Name: Vanessa Petrea, Raul Vela, Jr.Merideth KellerWillie Tenorio, Jr., Courtney RunkleEsperanza OroscoWill McManus,

     

     



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Vanessa Petrea

President

Trustee at Large
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2020 to May 2023 

Vanessa V. Petrea (pronounced Pee-tree) was first elected to the Hays CISD Board of Trustees in 2017. Mrs. Petrea has served as PTA president for two Hays CISD elementary schools and previously served on the executive board of the Hays CISD Education Foundation. She and her husband, Micah, have two children attending Hays CISD schools. Mrs. Petrea earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Texas and her associate’s degree from Lone Star College in legal assisting.

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Raul Vela, Jr.

Vice President

Single-Member-District 1
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2020 to May 2023 

Raul Vela, Jr. was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2020. He and his wife Carol are the proud parents of two Hays CISD students, Raul Vela, III (Trey) and Ryan. The family has lived in the community for nearly 20 years.

Vela is an actively involved community member. Prior to being elected to the Board, he had served on a number of school district citizen committees, including the Calendar Committee and the Facilities and Bond Oversight Committee. He has also mentored students at the district’s Impact Center and is engaged in community activities through his church and other youth organizations.

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Phone: 512-470-5614

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Merideth Keller

Secretary

Single-Member-District 4
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2019 to May 2022

Merideth Keller was first elected to the Hays CISD Board of Trustees in 2010. Keller’s involvement in Hays schools at the campus level includes a decade’s worth of service with the Campus Leadership Teams, PTA organizations, and various booster clubs. She has also served on many district-level committees such as the Strategic Planning Committee, District Leadership Team, School Calendar Committee, Bond Action Committees, Growth Impact Committee and a Principal Hiring Team. 

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Phone: 512-586-5570

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Willie Tenorio, Jr.

Trustee

Single-Member-District 2
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2020 to May 2023

Willie Tenorio, Jr., has been on the Hays CISD Board of Trustees since December 2009. He is a product of the Hays CISD school system. He attended Kyle Elementary, Hays Middle School and is a graduate of Hays High School. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Willie and his wife Daphne, a current Kyle City Council Member, a current PTA officer and a past booster club president, have two children.

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Courtney Runkle

Trustee

Single-Member-District 3
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2021 to May 2024

Courtney Runkle was first elected to the Board in 2021. 

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Phone: 512-787-2540

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Esperanza Orosco

Trustee

Single-Member-District 5
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2019 to May 2022

Esperanza Orosco was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016. She is a former early childhood and fourth grade bilingual teacher at Hays CISD and has been a part of the district for more than ten years.

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Will McManus

Trustee

Trustee at Large
Current Trustee Term Runs May 2021 to May 2024 

Will McManus, a long-time resident and member of the Hays CISD community, was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2018. Before running for the At-Large seat, he volunteered in various roles on several campuses and at the district level. He first served with the Buda Elementary PTA in 1999 and has continued to volunteer every year since including the district level Growth Impact Committee and was honored to be the first person to chair the Facility and Bond Oversight Committee. 

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