Rodolfo (Rudy) Reyes
Candidate for HISD Trustee, District III​
Building Their Future
 Meet Rodolfo (Rudy) Reyes
Statement of Personal and Professional Experience

Rodolfo M. Reyes is a native Texan. Born in McAllen and raised in San Antonio, Texas.  He attended public schools, but received his B.A. degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from St.  Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Upon graduation, he worked as a Contract Specialist at the prestigious National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In this position, he completed extensive training in government contract law, finance, budgeting and negotiations.

​He refined his skills at the American University in Washington, D.C., by completing advance coursework in contracts, negotiations and procurement, and federal assistance management.  
He then accelerated his career at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

In 1986, Mr. Reyes resigned from federal government service and joined International Business Machines (IBM), federal systems division in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as a senior administrator and negotiator. He later transferred to the Houston office; where he worked on the NASA space station and shuttle programs.


In addition to federal government and private industry experience, he has extensive international contract negotiation experience, and has negotiated contracts in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. In 1996, Mr. Reyes formed Contractstrategies LLC, a consulting company which advised U.S. companies in federal contracts, the competitive process, negotiations, and administration of contracts.


After 35 years, he retired as a professional contract negotiator, and entered the teaching profession. He has satisfied the requirements of Texas Teachers Alternative Certification program.  In 2016, Mr. Reyes passed the content examination for eligibility to teach in the state of Texas. He has taught U.S. History, Spanish I & II in Pasadena ISD and been a substitute teacher for two years in Pasadena and Houston independent schools.


Presently, Mr. Reyes is a court appointed child advocate; appointed by a juvenile or family court judge. He serves as Guadian ad Litem for abused and neglected children who are involved in the legal system in Harris County. He is a member of the Harris County Child Abuse Task Force.


Mr. Reyes is a board member of the Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA), a non-profit organization which exists to strengthen the educational, social and economic well-being of children and family, as they move towards independence and self-sufficiency.

He serves as Board Director of the Gulfgate Redevelopment Authority – Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 8. He was appointed by the late HISD Board Trustee Manuel Rodriquez to represent Houston Independent School District.

Along with professional working experience, Mr. Reyes has public elected office experience. In 1994, he was elected to the League City Council. He was the first Hispanic Mayor pro tem and second Hispanic to serve on the city council.

He and his wife Olga Escamilla-Reyes have four children and reside in Southeast Houston.

Rodolfo (Rudy) Reyes supports:
 
Not increasing property taxes
Our current tax rate is $1.21 per $100 of taxable property value. The legislature is slowly placing the burden on taxpayers to pay for schools. The state used to pay more than half the cost of education. Now, they pay approximately 38% with the difference paid by property taxpayers. Yet, the legislature demands our schools to do more and more with less dollars. Homeowners are not the only ones affected. Multifamily and single-family rental housing, and businesses are affected, too.  There’s too much money wasted and we need to be watchful, such as in the area of construction projects and programs that do not give us a good return for our dollars. The school board needs to be very transparent to the public. 

As a board member, I will seek a position on the audit committee to serve as a watchdog on expenditures.

Retention of teachers / Teacher salary increases
“To recruit and retain great teachers, HISD must change its attitude about how it pays its teachers. Treat teachers as the professional they are and allow them to continue their passion on a livable, competitive wage.” Jennalee Kwezi, Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Nowadays, our teachers have so many responsibilities. In addition to preparing students for testing (one test after another test), they are parents, counselors, nurses, tutors, and many other things to our children. Their duties and responsibilities are endless. HISD cannot function without teachers. Yet, when its time for salary increases, board members debate and argue about a 2% increase. If we want to keep our good teachers in this district, let’s be fair and recognize them for their hard work and dedication. It’s an investment in our children’s future education. 

Yes, we need to change HISD attitude on how we evaluate teachers’ performance, not by using test scores, but how well they teach in the classroom.

Blended learning with laptop computer
Blended learning is an educational program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. While students still attend schools with a teacher present, face-to-face classroom practices are combine with computer-mediated activities regarding content and delivery. This is a very good approach in preparing our students for college, and teaches them to venture into educational programs not necessarily available in the classroom. I support this approach of learning.
 
Dual-credit programs
This program is in collaboration between a high school and a community college.  A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student where the student earns both college and high school credit. Eligible students may take two courses each semester which save money and time toward college degrees before they finish high school. I support these programs.
 
Credit recovery
The Credit Recovery Program allows students to regain credit for previously failed courses by completing an additional 30 hours of coursework in the subject. The program’s primary focus is to assist students in graduating from high school.  I support this program for the benefit of our children.
 
Increasing career, Technology & Trade Opportunities
This is an area that many of our children can benefit immensely. Being exposed to present and future careers in industry, agriculture, government and international. The age of technology continues to open many opportunities and by preparing our children for these jobs, is a step in the right direction.
I’m also a strong proponent of bringing back the trade classes into our schools, for example, wood shop, automobile mechanic, welding, plumbing, etc. These are trades that our children can benefit immensely, if they chose not to go to college.    
 
Special Needs Programs
We need to continue our strong focus and funding when it comes to children with special needs. We need to continue building the foundation for inclusive instructions, state of the art facilities, equipment, transportation, and experienced personnel. Remember that the state legislature is slowly forgetting to adequately fund special needs programs. Let continue moving forward recognizing these are beautiful children and they too, deserve a good education. 
 
Continue funding Pre-kinder programs
As a strong supporter of Pre-kinder programs, I will support the following programs:
Schools Based Prekindergarten

Early Childhood Centers
Partnerships
Montessori
 
Continuing Funding of the Fine Arts Programs
Part of a child’s well-rounded education is the participation in music, visual arts, theater, dance, writing, and more. These are essential components that cultivates and nurtures a child’s spirit in life.
 
Therefore, I’m a strong supporter of the Fine Arts programs.  At present, the following Fine Arts Magnet Programs are offered at the following schools in district III:
 
Crespo Elementary – Fine Arts
Garden Villas Elementary – Music
Patterson Elementary – Literature
Ortiz Middle School – Performing and Visual Arts
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