District reacts to school board member's drug smuggling arrest

After a school board member was caught with more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, Progreso ISD is assuring parents the district will continue to provide a quality education.

There is a dark cloud hanging over Progreso ISD's school board, but Superintendent Dr. Fernando Castillo says the district's academic programs are stronger than ever.

DPS troopers say school board member Felix Hernandez Jr. was found with1,254 pounds of pot.

Superintendent Dr. Fernando Castillo told Action 4 News he was both surprised and disappointed by the arrest.

"It comes at a time when the district needs a lot of support, Castillo said.

It's the latest scandal to rock the district.

Last September, the board's president Michael Vela was named in a bribery indictment, but Castillo says these scandals are out of his administration's control.

"What is within our control is what we do in the schools, the quality of education, our teachers working hard, and that is taking place in Progreso, Castillo said.

In response to a Texas Education Agency investigation, TEA has assigned a conservator to oversee the district's business department and the board's decisions, a move Castillo welcomes.

"They can overrule the board so that kind of gives stability in terms of the governance, Castillo said.

While Castillo says he will work hard to ensure the district has good educators, it's the community TMs job to elect qualified board members.

"Board members are not employees. They are elected by the people. It's their choice. Those are the people that govern, those are the people they choose and we work with, Castillo said.