MMSD School Board President Gloria Reyes to not seek re-election

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison School Board President Gloria Reyes announced she will not be seeking re-election, according to a statement released Tuesday.

“This has been a difficult decision,” Reyes said. “I’ve made it after much consideration, consultation with my family, and as always with the future of our Madison Schools and our students uppermost in my mind.”

Reyes said she hopes to devote more time to her new position as executive director and CEO of Briarpatch Youth Services.

“It has been an honor to serve alongside my fellow board members, who have supported my leadership and who are steadfast and thoughtful public servants,” Reyes said. “We have accomplished a great deal together. Although there are challenges ahead, the District is in a strong place: a respected, effective leader as Superintendent and continued investment from our community thanks to two successful referenda this fall. This Board will lead us into a bright future.”

Reyes was a Madison School Board member for three years and was the first Latina elected to the board.

“It is my firm belief that public schools are the foundation of a city’s success,” Reyes said. “Throughout this journey, I have learned that our Madison Public Schools are at the center of our City, an engine that drives excellence, that creates promise, and that highlights who we want to be as a community. I will continue to support youth and our community in my new position, I will continue to work with the MMSD, and I will always be a champion for Madison Public Schools.”