A graduate of Mineral Wells High School, himself, Ruelas has clearly made the future of Mineral Wells ISD a top priority with his daughters, Bre and Maci, in seventh and first grade, respectively. Ruelas has been a member of the School Board for the past seven years, four-and-a-half of which he has spent as president. Haterius said he makes an excellent School Board President because of his keen understanding of the job.
“Joe has a vision for excellence for Mineral Wells ISD in every area,” she said. “Joe has studied and learned what it takes to lead a community board such as our school board. He is perceived as fair and strives to make sure every board member’s voice is heard. He understand governance and that is something that not all school districts are fortunate to have in their board.”
Haterius added another one of Ruelas’ strengths is as a role-model and father figure to multiple extended family members and other youth in the community.
“He will have the hard conversations in order to help young people grow and become productive members of society,” she said. “This concern for the well-being of family is extended to all of the youth in Mineral Wells.”
Ruelas’ fellow Lion’s Club mate, Terry, could not say enough about his friend and his drastic importance to Mineral Wells.
“I’d say on a scale of one to 10, (Ruelas’ importance to the community) is definitely an 11,” Terry said. “He seems to keep the community tied together. Each person can use Joe in everyday life, whether its banking, community business or the school board, he’s kind of a go-to guy. You can count him.”
Terry said Ruelas’ ability to communicate and connect people from all different walks of life makes him invaluable. He alluded that without Ruelas, Mineral Wells would be a significant step behind in its growth and improvement.