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During a special meeting held this morning, the Belton ISD Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Rosie Montgomery to fill the vacancy representing Trustee Area 2 and Manuel Alcozer to fill the vacancy representing Trustee Area 5.

Montgomery, who previously represented Area 2 on the school board from October 2010 to April 2015, is a clinical psychologist that specializes in working with children and families. Montgomery has been an active volunteer across the district and has served as President of the PTA for Leon Heights Elementary, the Area PTA Board, the Gifted and Talented Advisory Board and is on the Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation Board. She also established “Clipboard Buddies,” a volunteer program at Chisholm Trail Elementary whereby volunteers spend at least an hour each week supporting individual students with skills needed to be successful in the classroom.

Montgomery has three daughters who have attended Belton schools, with her third daughter scheduled to graduate from Belton High School in May 2019.

In describing her desire to again serve on the school board, Montgomery said, “The Belton Independent School District has been blessed by a community that believes in the educational process. In this very important and exciting time of growth, I am committed to ensure that we provide a superior educational experience for all students.”

Alcozer, a practicing attorney for over 25 years, attended Belton schools from kindergarten through his graduation from Belton High School (BHS) in 1980. His wife, Rebecca, is a culinary arts teacher at BHS and together they have three children who have all attended Belton schools. Their youngest son is currently a sophomore at BHS.

Prior to attending law school at SMU, Alcozer was employed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He currently serves as chair of the Advisory Committee for the Respiratory Care program at Temple College and Vice President of Development for the Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation.

In explaining why he wanted to join the school board, Alcozer said, “Belton has been my home for the vast majority of my life and I care very deeply about our community and way of life here. The stability and quality of the schools is an important part of that, and I view this opportunity as a privilege to serve the needs of the students of BISD.”

Board President Sue Jordan said, “It is clear that both Rosie and Manuel truly want what is best for our kids. I know that both share our commitment to prepare every student to excel in tomorrow’s world. They bring a strong depth of knowledge and passion for our community that will be a valuable asset to the Board.”

Montgomery and Alcozer have been appointed to fill the Area 2 and Area 5 positions until the next trustee election, which will be held in May 2019.

The seats representing Area 2 and Area 5 became vacant after Trustees Mike Cowan and Leo Camden, Jr. stepped down in August.

Elizabeth Cox