After hours in executive session, the Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees is back to the way it was before the president stepped down.
Cesar Lopez is BISD Board President, again, after he stepped down earlier this month citing personal issues, resulting in former fire chief Carlos Elizondo becoming president for a few weeks by default.
On a special meeting on July 30, discussion, consideration and possible action on the re-organization of the board was on the agenda, but after hours of waiting while the board met in executive session, a local teacher union president is surprised by the result.
“If you’re going to re-organize the board and you say you’re going to do it, well do it. If not then don’t even bring it up,” said Alberto Alegria Texas Valley Educators’ Association.
There was confusion among attendees when the trustees came out of the first lengthy executive session, and discussed the possibility of tabling the item of reorganizing the board.
They emerged from the second session and then voted to make Lopez president, and Elizondo Vice President, again.
“When a person goes before the public and says I’m stepping down like the president did last night, [and said] I’m stepping down for these reasons and therefore I want to let someone else be the president, then that should’ve happened,” Alegria said.
Although Alegria has nothing against Lopez, he believes the board needs to go in a different direction, and that there needs to be more transparency.
“I hope there’s a change, we need a change,” he said.
The next regular BISD trustee meeting is scheduled for next week, one week before faculty and staff return for the 2018-2019 school year.
News Center 23 reached out to Lopez for comment on his reinstatement but have not heard back yet.