School board members placed for "removal proceedings" after filing lawsuit
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:19:22 GMT —
Two Brownsville school board members could be ousted days after filing a lawsuit to expose alleged acts of corruption and favoritism.
Brownsville ISD school board members Luci Longoria and Caty Presas filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday.
According to a Brownsville ISD website, the school board is holding a special meeting on Monday to discuss the lawsuit.
But school board members are also looking to "initiate removal proceedings" against both Longoria and Presas.
The special meeting comes days after their 29-page lawsuit alleges numerous acts of corruption over the past three years.
Longoria and Presas allege that late school board president Enrique Escobedo was the ringleader.
Escobedo allegedly took his life last month but Longoria and Presas allege that he gave a school district insurance contract to a friend.
The two school board members also claim that Escobedo gave his brother's company subcontracting work at the school district.
The lawsuit also alleges that Escobedo abused his post to reward allies who gave his brother's company work.
Neither side of the lawsuit are commenting at this time but a court hearing is set before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville on April 29th.
The special school board meeting is scheduled for noon on Monday.
Part of the meeting will be public but the school board is expected to discuss the lawsuit and removal proceedings for Longoria and Presas behind closed doors.
Both Longoria and Presas were elected to office. It was not immediately clear which procedure will be used to remove them from office.