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Fully elected school board now in place in Edgewood (Texas) district

May 27, 2020
The Texas Education Agency took over management of the district in 2016 after board members could not resolve deadlocks over key issues.

A fully elected board now governs the Edgewood (Texas) Independent School District for the first time since mid-2016.

The Rivard Report says that board members Dina Serrano and Luis Gomez took their oaths of office Tuesday night; that means all seven school board members won their seats in elections.

The Texas Education Agency intervened in the San Antonio area district four years ago after the board could not overcome deadlocks on key issues such as hiring a superintendent and filling a board vacancy.

Serrano and Gomez were elected in November 2018, but had to wait to join the board, in line with the state’s prescribed transition process from an appointed board of five to an elected board of seven.

State-appointed board member Roy Soto will transition into the role of conservator for the board. He will work with board members and guide them on governance, financial management, and contracting laws.

Since 2016, Edgewood has seen significant changes to its governance. After the board of managers was appointed, Superintendent Emilio Castro came to the district in November 2016. But after harassment allegations were made against Castro, he resigned. The board named Eduardo Hernández as Castro’s replacement in May 2018.

With Hernández at the helm, Edgewood carried out a number of initiatives, the biggest being a plan to transform each campus with a school model that enables families to choose the campus that best fits their student.

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