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Brownsville ISD trustee resigns after drunken driving arrest, Facebook controversy

8 months 1 week 6 days ago Friday, January 10 2020 Jan 10, 2020 January 10, 2020 1:01 PM January 10, 2020 in News - Local

Brownsville Independent School District Trustee Erasmo Castro resigned Friday after months of controversy.

The Brownsville Police Department arrested Erasmo Castro Jr., 52, of Brownsville in September on a driving while intoxicated charge.

Castro launched his political career by posting news, information and rumors on Facebook.

His Facebook posts, however, made him a controverial figure. In October, the school board voted to formally censure Castro for posting photos of students on Facebook without permission from their parents.

The drunken driving charge also prompted a lawsuit that sought to remove him from office.

His resignation letter read:

Dear Board Secretary, Superintendent and BISD Trustees:? 

?Please be advised that I Erasmo Castro hereby resign as Brownsville Independent School Board Trustee effective immediately. ? 

?I am grateful to my community for entrusting me with your vote of confidence. I am opting to deal with personal situation which has unfortunately become a distraction to the amazing things happening at BISD. ? 

?I have had to take a step back from serving my spiritual family because of my well publicized personal situation. It is my hope to restore the balance that is everything for me. ? 

?I am proud of all I have accomplished during my time on the Board. Helped expand our PreK 3 program, worked to improve our cafeteria menus, took measures to ensure the stability of our districts competitive future, was able to offer salary increase to our amazing staff, promoted the amazing programs offered at the district, became our talented (students and personnel) district’s cheerleader, became a voice for those who because of retaliation labored in fear, exposed corruption and brought awareness as to the wheeling and dealings of self serving Board Members; true transparency.? 

?I will continue to serve my community as a public citizen until the day, hopefully in the near future, that I ask for your support. ? 

?I have been, am now and will continue to be your humble servant.? 

?Most Sincerely, ? 
?Erasmo Castro, BISD Trustee? 

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