Leadership Remains Unclear at RGCCISD

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, May 29 2019 May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019 8:13 PM May 29, 2019 in News - Local

RIO GRANDE CITY - It's unclear who is currently at the helm of Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District.

The interim superintendent stated he will remain in his post, in spite of the board's decision to name a permanent superintendent in their meeting on Tuesday. 

A majority of the board met Tuesday evening, after a back and forth in the courts on whether that meeting could take place.

They decided to approve the permanent superintendent, change titles of the school board members and change the district's legal counsel. 

The interim superintendent shared a letter he issued with the district.

It stated he will remain in place until a court says otherwise.

In a statement he issued to the media, Joel A. Gonzalez, RGCCISD interim superintendent, says,

"Last night I was terminated, m'am, but we have an appeal with the 4th Court of Appeals. It was filed, the appellate court sided with us. So, even if I was told to leave, the appellate court on the 22nd of May granted us a stay."

Gonzalez made reference to a court decision made earlier this month. 

The attorney who was released from his duties by the board on Tuesday, Ruben Peña, says he and the other part of the board who were absent Tuesday night question the validity of the meeting.

That's due to a perceived violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act that requires continuous 72-hour notice of a meeting. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, Peña said nothing had yet been filed with the court to challenge the meeting.

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