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Friends of Texas Public Schools Honors Aledo ISD Trustee

Bobby Rigues Aledo ISD School Board Trustee Bobby J Rigues has dedicated many years to supporting public education in Texas.

Rigues will be recognized for his advocacy and commitment as this year’s winner of the Friends of Texas Public Schools Ambassador of the Year. He will be honored during the Friends of the Year Gala on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium in Waco.

In 2011, Rigues founded the non-profit organization, Make Education a Priority and has been serving the Bearcat community as an Aledo ISD Trustee since 2004.

“Mr. Rigues is a tremendous advocate and leader in providing valuable recognition and support to public education in our state and nation,” said Hoyt Harris, Aledo ISD School Board President. “This honor is well-deserved and we are proud that such a distinguished difference maker in public education represents our Aledo community.”

Rigues, a former educator, has held many leadership roles while supporting public education. He served as a director for the North Texas Area Association of School Boards and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Boards.

“Bobby has proven to be a voice championing public education through his involvement as a member of the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees for 14 years and co-founding the Make Education a Priority organization,” said Blake Wesley Cooper, Executive Director of Friends of Texas Public Schools. “Friends of Texas Public Schools desires to carry this banner into the future with the same enthusiasm Bobby has had since its inception.”

Through the National School Boards Association, Rigues has frequently participated as a judge for the American School Board Journal’s annual Magna Awards in Alexandria, Virginia. He continues his public education advocacy through newspaper commentaries, conference session presentations, social media, and public speaking engagements.

Rigues’ honors include the LTASB’s 2010 Alumni Leadership Award and the Texas School Public Relations Association 2011 TSPRA Key Communicator Award. He has also received civic recognition as the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year and Man of the Year.

Rigues, who owns a State Farm insurance agency in Aledo, graduated from Castleberry High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University. He and his wife Anita share five children. Britt and Cooper are Aledo ISD graduates and Peyton is a senior. Brody attends North Texas University. Cooper and Brendon attend Texas Tech University.