The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education appointed Joe Ralph (J.R.) Martinez to fill the District 8 vacancy until the next scheduled election in 2013. The District 8 vacancy was created when the Board adopted a redistricting plan based on the 2010 Census.
Mr. Martinez is a lifelong Fort Worth resident whose father served as a principal in the Fort Worth ISD and whose sister still works as a teacher in the District.
At Texas Wesleyan University, Mr. Martinez majored in Mass Communications. He has had over 20 years of experience in Sales/Marketing and 15 years experience in Communications/Advertising.
“My passion has been empowering young people to achieve their potential through education,” he said in his application.
Recent Student/School Accomplishments:
- Five Fort Worth ISD biology students from R.L. Paschal High School have been selected as semi-finalists in the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO.) The USABO is the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States.
- Rosemont Elementary School is setting for announcement that Fort Worth ISD will work with City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Police Department's Code Blue: Citizens On Patrol to provide innovative and community-based security "eyes and ears" at FWISD elementary schools, beginning in August, 2013.
- South Hills High School's Phyllis King was honored as the 2013 Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts.
- The Fort Worth After School program at Rosemont Middle School was awarded grants from the Afterschool Centers on Education and Texas Education Agency.
- Rosemont Elementary School was opened in August 2011.
- Comerica Bank established a Youth Savings program at George C. Clarke Elementary School in 2012.
- George C. Clarke Elementary School held its second annual Fun Run/Walk promoting healthy lifestyles and choices on October 12, 2012.
- Five students from Paschal High School will compete in the national finals of the 2013 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.