LISD Trustee Place 5: Goyo López Q&A | #schoolshooting


Previous elected office: M. S. Ryan PTO President

1. Why are you the best qualified candidate to take on this position?
I am a servant leader with the skillset to be a transformational leader. My focus is on the growth and well-being of those I am leading. It is the complete opposite of the “patron” style of leadership plaguing our community where elected officials focus on personal ambition, accumulation of power and material gain.
While I am recognized for my ability to effectively communicate in the written and spoken word, perhaps my strongest ability centers upon listening with an open mind and the intent to fully understand the communication without a retort.
Quite often people simply need to be heard. This leads to effective dialogue enabling resolution and progress.
As a servant leader I do not possess the insecurity that leads to the desire to receive recognition for the accomplishments of students, teachers, principals and administrators. Those individuals performing the tasks and achieving goals deserve all the glory.
Finally, my leadership skills fill me with the strength and wisdom to make difficult decisions. I pledge to make decisions in the best interests of LISD students, faculty, administrators and taxpayers!
2. What is your platform and what issues are most important to you?
My platform is simple. Make decisions in the best interests of LISD students, faculty, administrators and taxpayers. This includes:

  • Safe and secure school environment
  • Independent philosophy – no special interests & no political factions
  • Faculty morale & well-being
  • Transparency & accountability for students, employees & taxpayers
  • Lead with honesty & integrity

3. The Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde – just a few hours away from Laredo – rocked the Texas area. In the wake of this incident, what should be done locally to avoid a similar situation from occurring?
I maintain the utmost confidence in the LISD Police Department, security guards and the Risk Management and Safety Compliance Director in safeguarding our children and adults.
Filling security guard vacancies ranks as an immediate priority along with increasing access to behavioral health professionals.
In addition to the tragic loss of life at Robb Elementary is the ongoing emotional and psychological trauma of surviving family members and friends. Laredo continues to be a medically underserved community. Laredo requires more behavioral health professionals to serve the needs of children and adults.

4. What would you like to see funded in next year’s budget?
In a perfect world where monies are plentiful, I desire to institute music and choir programs at every elementary, middle and high school.
Currently, only one elementary school has a music teacher, only one middle school has a choir and only one high school has a chorale. LISD students possess a world of talent and deserve the opportunity to develop these life-long skills under the watchful eye, and ear, of a music teacher and choir director.
A senior at J.W. Nixon – Vidal M. Treviño currently ranks as the number one Soprano 1 in the state of Texas! This young lady is already a two-time All-State UIL Solo & Ensemble singer receiving the same gold medal that Martin alumna Melanie Duron earned as a state champion in the shot put. She also ranks as first chair on the 6-A/5-A Texas Music Educators Association All-State Mixed Choir — the highest honor bestowed by TMEA.
This came about because she had music teachers in elementary (Luis Muñoz) and middle school (Stephanie Solis) and a choir director in high school (Celia Hernandez).
5. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of any crime? If so, explain the circumstances and the outcome.
No.
 



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