BISD to reschedule meeting on boundaries

January 9, 2019

The Brownsville Independent School District decided Tuesday to reschedule a town hall meeting about possible boundary adjustments until May.

At a Facilities Committee meeting trustees reached consensus to reschedule the meetng in an effort to have all of the facts at hand when the meeting is held.

"This is a very serious issue. We need to have more time to be able to handle this," Facilities Committee chairman Philip Cowen said at the meeting. "Sometimes you need to look before you leap."

Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas said she has reached out to the superintendents of the Los Fresnos and Point Isabel school districts about boundary adjustment. She said she favored rescheduling so that she and her two counterparts can "sit down and talk" about the issue more completely.

She also said she would reach out to area legislators in an effort to arrange a meeting. "This is the time to just sit down and talk about it," she said. "We need to call a meeting with them to see where they stand."

The BISD Board of Trustees at its Dec. 11 meeting passed a resolution reaching out to area legislators and school districts whose boundaries overlap the Brownsville city limits "so that we can discuss a feasibility plan to either exchange or collapse boundaries to better serve Brownsville students."

The Los Fresnos school district promptly passed its own resolution opposing Brownsville’s move.

On Tuesday, BISD trustees said rescheduling the meeting also came as a courtesy to the surrounding districts and was an effort to discuss the matter in an open and constructive way.

In a statement, BISD said the meeting was being rescheduled "in order to have time to gather more information and explore additional options." The district added that it regretted any inconvenience the rescheduling would cause.

"Additional time may provide opportunities for everyone involved to reach successful results. The town hall meeting will be rescheduled for May 2019," the statement said.

The town hall meeting had originally been scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Manzano Middle School.


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