San Antonio ISD has received seven applications to fill the District 6 trustee position vacated by Olga Hernandez following her arrest in a federal wire fraud investigation.

In a special meeting on Feb. 24, the SAISD board voted to fill the position by appointment. The district then accepted applications for the position through March 10 at noon.

At its regular Monday night meeting, the board formulated a process by which the appointment would be made. Trustees are scheduled to select the new District 6 representative at their March 27 meeting.

“We have to do something that is going to be above board that everyone can see,” District 2 Trustee James Howard said. “It needs to be very transparent.”

The board will review the seven applications over the coming week. At the March 27 board meeting, trustees will conduct two rounds of interviews. All seven applicants will be interviewed for five minutes in a preliminary round. After those interviews, board members will vote on which candidates will receive a second, longer interview immediately following.

Applicants for the position include Steven Ibanez, Christina Martinez, Rachel Ponce, Lola Rodriguez, David Soto, Cynthia Spielman, and Dana E. Wrann.

Scott Meltzer, who lost a close race for the District 6 seat in 2015 and had been rumored as a possible appointee, decided not to run.

One high priority for the board will be preserving the board’s effectiveness.

“We want to ensure that the person we bring on board is going to hop on the train without needing to slow down,” District 1 Trustee Steve Lecholop said.

Avatar photo

Bekah McNeel

Bekah McNeel is a native San Antonian. You can also find her at her blog,, on Twitter @BekahMcneel, and on Instagram @wanderbekah.