Harlandale school board to meet with state education chief on accreditation issue

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The Harlandale school board will accept applications from people interested in succeeding a longtime trustee who resigned last week, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Trustees of the South San Antonio school district on Monday chose that method for replacing David Abundis, who had served on the board for a decade but said last week the job was becoming too time-intensive.

The board could have called a special election rather than choose to appoint a replacement. The Express-News story said that a takeover of the board by the Texas Education Agency could prevent an appointee from taking his or her seat.

Such a takeover is the intention of Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, who said in June he wants to replace the elected board with a board of managers. Morath also plans to lower Harlandale’s accreditation and replace Superintendent Ray Madrigal, the newspaper reported.

The trustees voted earlier this month to fire Madrigal and promote Samantha Gallegos to interim superintendent. She previously served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. On Monday, the board voted to continue Gallegos’ appointment as interim superintendent. 

Trustees announced on Monday they will meet with Morath on Aug. 7 to discuss his plans. A town-hall meeting will be held on Aug. 1 to allow community members to give their input, board President Ricardo Moreno said.

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