Unseating BISD school board members could be a legal battle
Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:52:42 GMT —
A long legal battle could be brewing for Brownsville ISD as school board members look at ways to remove two of their own from office.
School district leaders are holding a special meeting on Monday just days after they filed a "tell-all" federal lawsuit.
On the agenda, hiring a lawyer to defend the district in the lawsuit.
But they're also starting the process to remove school board members Luci Longoria and Caty Presas from office.
The move comes days after the two elected officials filed a 29-page federal lawsuit outlining alleged acts of corruption and favoritism.
Neither side of the lawsuit is talking at this time.
But Action 4 News reached out to the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Association of School Boards.
There are numerous grounds to remove a school board member from office such as not living in their district.
But Texas state law also allows for school board members to removed from office for imcompetency and official misconduct.
That law requires a petition to be filed before a district court judge with the case going to trial before a jury.
Either side has the right to appeal the decision.
It's not clear which path which Brownsville ISD will take but it is expected to be revealed at their school board meeting on Monday.
Although the discussions will be behind closed doors, supporters of Presas and Longoria told Action 4 News that they plan to attend the meeting to fight for them to keep office.