Oklahoma City school district board members voted unanimously Monday to appoint former middle school principal Gloria Torres to fill a vacancy on the panel.
Torres will replace Jay Means, who resigned from the board June 20 to focus on his responsibilities as middle school principal in Woodward.
She will represent District 6 on the city’s predominantly Hispanic southwest side and serve out the remainder of Means’ term, which ends in February.
“We’re excited to have someone who has demonstrated such a strong and pronounced commitment to south Oklahoma City on our board,” board member Bob Hammack said. “We’ve longed to have someone from the Latino community provide a voice for that constituency and she does that.”
Torres, 44, oversees Oklahoma City Community College’s Capitol Hill Center, which provides adult education and job readiness programs in the heart of the city’s largest Hispanic community.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to truly serve the community of south Oklahoma City,” Torres said by phone Monday night. “I know the district has a wonderful momentum going right now and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
She was principal of Jefferson Middle School from 2004 to 2011. She was an assistant principal at Capitol Hill High School from 2002 to 2004.
Until recently she taught and consulted at Santa Fe South High School, a charter school in south Oklahoma City.
Torres also belongs to several advisory boards, including Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.
She did not attend Monday’s board meeting. She said previously that she applied for the position because she wants to be a voice for those who do not have one.