TEA recommends board of managers for La Joya ISD

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La Joya ISD marquee on March 11, 2022 in La Joya. (Delcia Lopez | [email protected])

The Texas Education Agency recommended Monday that the La Joya school board be replaced by a board of managers.

A board of managers would temporarily replace current trustees, exercising their powers.

“The TEA’s recommendation is based on concerns related to former district employees and the governance practices of the previous board, which did not align with our district’s vision of providing educational excellence to our community,” Superintendent Heriberto Gonzalez wrote in a statement. “We recognize the importance of effective governance in ensuring all success and well-being of our students and the entire school community. I want to emphasize that this decision was not influenced by our district’s academic performance.

“Rest assured, La Joya ISD remains committed to delivering educational excellence.”

The takeover effort follows the arrests of two then-trustees and members of the district’s administration in a federal corruption probe last year.

In December, the district’s board voted to invite TEA intervention at the district.

“I want to reassure you that our schools will continue to operate smoothly and without interruption. Our dedicated educators and staff remain resolute and unwavering in their commitment to providing our students with the quality education they deserve,” Gonzalez wrote.


La Joya ISD asks for TEA intervention following corruption scandals