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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston ISD Board of Education
News Release
Monday, August 07, 2017

HISD Board of Trustees to host ceremony to announce naming of Board auditorium
for late District III Trustee Manuel Rodríguez Jr.

The HISD Board of Trustees continues to mourn the loss of longtime Board of Education Trustee Manuel Rodríguez Jr. In an effort to celebrate his life and memory, the board voted unanimously during its monthly agenda review session to name the board auditorium at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center the Manuel Rodríguez Jr. Board Auditorium.

Prior to the monthly Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, the board will host a reception to commemorate the renaming.  That celebration is open to the public and will include a proclamation by Trustee Rodríguez’s longtime friend, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and other presentations. 

“Trustee Rodríguez spent 14 years fighting in this auditorium for the students in District III and across the  district to have access to the highest quality education HISD could provide for them,” says Board President Wanda Adams.  “We remain saddened by his loss, but it was only fitting that we do this small gesture to  remind everyone of the warrior that fought here for so long.”

“The decision the board made to name the auditorium after Trustee Rodríguez shows the level of respect they all have for the work he did throughout his tenure to make HISD a better place for all students,” said  Superintendent Richard Carranza. “From now on, every time anyone walks into the board auditorium, they will be reminded of a man who dedicated years to helping our students.”

The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center.  There will  be a ribbon-cutting around 4:30 p.m. and a brief video presentation inside the newly-named auditorium.

The board will proceed with its regularly scheduled meeting immediately following the ceremony. Board  members and Superintendent Carranza will be available for interviews.

Please RSVP to ywences@HoustonISD.org by Aug. 8.




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