TEXAS CITY

Mike Matranga has won an at-large position on the Texas City Independent School District board, according to complete but unofficial results.

Matranga, executive director of security and school safety for the district, got 37.2 percent of the 2,165 votes. Challengers Russel E. Washington Jr. and Nelson Juarez got 34.9 percent and 27.9 percent of the votes respectively.

Matranga notably made significant security improvements to Texas City schools after a 2018 mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in which 10 people were killed and 14 injured.

“What I’m hoping to accomplish is to open up a lot of communication with the parents that they haven’t seen before,” Matranga said. “I think that moving forward, having someone who understands that they represent the students and the staff rather than the district is going to be key.”

Matranga will be required to step down from his employee position at the school district to take the school board position, he said.

Matranga prioritized mental health, wellness and safety in his campaign.

Hal Biery ran unopposed in the District 6 position.