GI School Board Selects Barcenas to Replace Late Todd Elsbernd
By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
The Grand Island School Board has selected Carlos Barcenas to replace the late Todd Elsbernd.
Elsbernd's tragic death in November left a vacancy on the board. Elsbernd was shot to death outside his downtown office in
November, allegedly by a former client. Charges are pending against
Michael Petersen in that case.
Three candidates applied to fill the open seat -- Jay Wren, Melody Greer, and Barcenas.
Barcenas was born in Mexico, and graduated from Grand Island Senior High. He says his first encounter with public education was in June of 1994, after arriving
in Grand Island. "I was in summer school for ELA classes," he said.
Minorities are prominent in many Grand Island schools and Barcenas says he has experience working with most of the immigrant and minority groups in the community.
Barcenas is the past executive director of the Grand Island
Multicultural Coalition. He has served on numerous boards including the
Hall County Housing Authority and the Central Nebraska Council on
Alcoholism and Addictions.
During his interview he highlighted to the board his experiences working with immigrant
and minority groups in the community. "How can we get the minority
community involved," he asked.
"I believe conflict resolution is a good skill to have," Barcenas added.
Barcenas is now the incumbent for Ward C and will take his oath in January.