School board candidate hopes to clean up scandal ridden district

Felix Hernandez Jr. // HCSD

Progreso ISD finds itself in yet another scandal, this time involving a school board member accused of drug smuggling.

School board member Felix Hernandez Jr. is behind bars on a $1.25 million bond.

DPS troopers say they pulled the 31-year-old over on Saturday in Mission where they found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in his semi-trailer.

This is not the first time the district has been hit with controversy.

Last September, the board's president Michael Vela was named in a bribery indictment.

Now residents like Progreso High School graduate Joseph Oviedo (son of current school board president, Olga Oviedo) are running for office-- in hopes of cleaning up the district.

"We live in a country, a community, governed by those who want things to be changed. If we want something as urgently as we need it, we will take action, Oviedo said.

With Progreso school board elections coming up in early May, the place four candidate says he believes the community is ready for a change.

"There is a lot of good people in Progreso and I believe on May 10th that it will show and reflect the community is tired, upset and angry at those that have been in power too long and abused their power, Oviedo said.

Action 4 News did reach out to the district Monday, but they have yet to release a statement regarding the arrest.