EPISD Trustee’s lawsuit from a legal standpoint

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Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 6:12pm

El Paso Independent School District’s board of managers and the Texas education agency face another legal conflict, Trustee- elect Chuck Taylor filed a lawsuit after he and 3 other elected trustees did not take the oath of office after winning last June’s election, the Texas education agency appointed a board of managers after the corruption scandal to replace the board of trustees, but Taylor says it's time they step down.

"They must call us to vote which they did but they did not do the rest, they did not do the rest they must certify those that have been elected and provide them with a certification" Taylor said.

Attorney Luis Yañez says that even though the agency and the board of managers are operating legally, Mr. Taylor has a chance to win in court.

"I believe he has a great chance and I believe both sides should come together and realize that the voters elected this member this trustees, Mr. Taylor has a duty and an obligation to follow what his voters and constituents elected him to do" Yañez said.

President of the board of managers Dee Margo affirms that all the new elected trustees were advised of what their status would be once elected.

"it was public knowledge that would be the case, TEA said that early on, his issue is with TEA and not with the board of managers or with me individually and it’s unfortunate" Margo said.

The Texas education agency released a statement saying;

"The statute allows the commissioner to suspend the authority of an elected board for up to two years with a Board of Managers, the BOM will remain in place and help stabilize the district before returning it to the oversight of the elected board when the commissioner decides to do so" TEA Spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson said.

"a review of the situation would just best benefit both sides and El Paso Independent School District overall" Yañez added.

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