New board member, incumbent sworn in at GISD Board of Trustees meeting
UT-Medical Branch pediatrician Dr. Matthew Hay takes seat of former Board President Andy Mytelka; Board Vice-President Beau Rawlins sworn in for second term
GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston ISD welcomed a new board member and another started his second term at the regular Board of Trustees meeting on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 16. Dr. Matthew J. Hay takes over for Trustee Andy Mytelka for district 5-E after two terms and time served as Board President. District 6-F representative and current Board Vice-President Beau Rawlins began his second consecutive term.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity and hope to help the Board and the school district through these tough economic times,” said Dr. Hay following his swearing in ceremony. “After being on both the last reconfiguration and re-zoning committees, and having all three of my children attend GISD schools, I felt it was time to serve the district at a higher level. I already think we’re headed in the right direction with the current Superintendent of Schools Larry Nichols and Trustees.”
Dr. Hay was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and lived in Galveston since 1990, when he began medical school. Dr. Hay completed his residency in pediatrics and received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He joined UTMB Pediatric Associates in 1997, is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and also teaches medical students.
He has served on the last two district reconfiguration committees for GISD. He is interested in helping the district find ways to balance the budget woes, created by the legislative funding shortfall, with the educational needs of all of the children in GISD. He ran unopposed in the November 8 election.
Dr. Hay is married to Michele Falk Hay, a BOI and graduate of Ball High School, class of 1986. Their oldest son, Joseph, is a freshman at Stephen F. Austin State University. His two daughters both attend GISD schools with Alexanne is a sophomore at Ball High School and Madison a 7th grader at Austin Middle School. When he isn’t seeing patients, Dr. Hay enjoys coaching his daughter’s youth soccer team.
Beau Rawlins won his first term as Board Trustee, serving the far west-end of Galveston Island, in 2008. He was sworn in as Vice-President in November of 2010 and ran unopposed in the past election to maintain his spot on the Board. He owns a construction business, Rawlins Residential Builders, based out of Galveston.
He is a Ball High graduate and he is married to Ali Rawlins and has three children, Gannon, Tucker, and Ava Grace, all who attend GISD schools. Gannon, 8th Grade, and Tucker, 5th Grade, attend Austin Middle School with Ava Grace a 3rd Grader at Oppe. He also is heavily involved with the Galveston Riptides peewee football program as a coach.