District 4 trustee submits resignation

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District 4 trustee Albert Herrera

District 4 trustee Albert Herrera

Trustee was a no-show at March 17 committee meeting.

By Katherine Garcia

kgarcia203@student.alamo.edu

District 4 trustee Albert Herrera, elected in May, confirmed late March 18 he is resigning from the Alamo Colleges board of trustees.

He did not give a reason or answer questions from The Ranger when reached by telephone.

He said he submitted a resignation but would not say when or to whom.

Efforts to reach board Chair Anna Bustamante, District 3 representative, were unsuccessful.

An email sent at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday from the San Antonio College chapter of American Association of University Professors, stated, “Herrera resigns leaving Board seat vacant.”

The email links to an article on the web site at www.sacaaup.org/2015/03/17/herrera-resigns-leaving-board-seat-vacant/.

However, at 6:52 p.m., when the board of trustees began the Student Success Committee, Herrera was marked absent.

Antonio “Tony” Villanueva, chair of behavioral sciences and president of the AUUP at Palo Alto College, said he did not know where the information came from, but he heard of the resignation from several sources.

Board liaison Sandra Mora said Wednesday she did not know of any trustees resigning.

Herrera ran for District 4 trustee in spring 2014, replacing Marcello M. Casillas, who chose not to run for re-election.

Herrera was sworn in as trustee on June 26, serving for nearly nine months.

The former CFO of the Lighthouse Charter School told The Ranger in an interview before the election that he kept up with district issues through family members and was glad Chancellor Bruce Leslie rescinded the standardized textbook proposal and the implementation of EDUC 1300, Learning Framework, into the core.

He was inspired by his brother to become a board member. Arturo G. Herrera, passed away during his 1993-96 term as District 4 trustee.

According to board policy B.3.1, any vacancies by elected officials, or board members, through resignation, death or otherwise will be filled through a special election or appointment by the board.

If a special election is held, the winner will serve the remainder of the six-year term. If the board appoints someone to fill the position, that person will serve until the next election. The next board election will be in 2016.

The next regular board meeting is 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Killen Center.

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