EL PASO — The current El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees is technically not being removed, but all of its members will be stripped of their power. Board Chair Isela Cantanon Williams says she and other board members are extremely disappointed and upset with the commissioner's decision.
"There's no need to resign because at this point the commissioner has made this decision and appointed five people he wants and so once they take over that's what they'll be doing," said Castanon Williams.
EPISD is the largest school district in the state to ever face such a severe sanction. Only three other boards have ever been stripped of their power. Castanon Williams says school board elections will still take place in May, but says its unclear when the new board will be allowed to actually start serving.
We caught up with one of the new board managers today, Dee Margo. He says Commissioner Williams approached him about the position and he believes the time frame the commissioner wants things done needed to be sped up.
"On the surface it looks like very very serious problems. You've got a superintendent convicted, serving time, all those issues being dealt with, what else is there? I think it would have been nice to move a little more expeditiously. The sooner the problem is excised, the better it is," said Margo.