New Board Replaces Ousted El Paso School Trustees

May 7, 2013

A board appointed by the state to manage the El Paso school district holds its first official meeting after taking over for the district's ousted board.

State Education Commissioner Michael Williams will attend Tuesday's meeting and swearing-in.

The five-member board can remain in place for up to two years. Williams has said the ouster of El Paso's elected school board was one of the harshest sanctions a district can face and was taken to restore public trust after a testing scandal. Several officials have resigned or been fired, and ex-superintendent Lorenzo Garcia is serving 3 years in prison for fraud.

Ousted board president Isela Castanon-Williams said ousting elected officials is a "very dangerous precedent."

Four of the seven seats at the board of trustees are up for election Saturday.

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