School board swears in candidates

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Cake and punch punctuated the smiles and congratulations as the Point Isabel School Board of Trustees welcomed two returning and one new trustee during a swearing in ceremony Tuesday.

After the vote tallies were canvassed by precinct, confirming the unofficial totals, Judge Bennie Ochoa III administered the oaths of office to each of the three candidates. Ochoa said a few words of encouragement to each candidate as they stepped to the front of the board room to take their oaths.

Of Mickey Furcron, who has spent two decades on the board, including four terms as its president, Ochoa quipped, “When is Mickey going to retire? Well, Sheriff (Omar) Lucio is 82, so he’s got 30 years to go!”

Speaking to Diane O’Leary and newcomer Alicia Baldovinos, the judge expressed his confidence in their ability to serve. “I know you’ll do a great job,” he said.

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