TEA Tells Harlandale Board of Managers Candidates to Stand By

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Stephanie Marquez / Rivard Report

A Texas Education Agency email suggests that the Harlandale ISD board could still be replaced by a State-appointed board of managers.

Nearly six months have elapsed since Texas Education Agency officials notified the Harlandale Independent School District community of a looming State takeover after a TEA investigation found school board dysfunction, financial mismanagement, and issues with procurement practices.

Since the June announcement, Harlandale trustees severed ties with longtime Superintendent Rey Madrigal, appealed TEA’s decision, appointed another trustee to the board, and announced their pick for Madrigal’s replacement. As the board continues to vote on important matters, the community awaits a final decision from Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

With TEA silent on Harlandale’s future, rumors frequently circulate at board meetings that TEA has decided to reverse course and a board of managers will no longer be replacing the elected board of trustees.

On Thursday, a TEA official indicated otherwise, emailing board of managers candidates with a message to stand by.

“We are reaching out as a courtesy to let you know that there has been no change to the status of the process for identifying and placing a board of managers for Harlandale ISD,” the email, obtained by the Rivard Report, said. “We hope you continue to be interested as a candidate in this process; we will be in touch.”

TEA officials declined comment on the status of the Harlandale intervention process.

Adjacent to Harlandale ISD, South San Antonio ISD community members await the results of a State investigation into board dysfunction. TEA officials opened the investigation in April and have not delivered any updates since.

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