Trustees for the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District announced Monday that they will hold a public hearing on a change in the election cycle for members of the school board.
Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez informed the board at Monday's meeting that the district's attorney was recommending the board extend its terms from three to four years and coincide elections with the county's election schedule.
A letter sent to the school district last month by the Texas Association of School Boards stated those districts who may be holding their elections in November should "not hold general trustee elections in November 2007," adding that they should instead move those elections to even-numbered years only to coincide with the general election for county and state officers.
General trustee elections had been scheduled for April, but Gonzales said the state had asked districts to postpone the elections until November.
The district has always held its elections in April to coincide with the city of Corpus Christi's elections, Gonzalez added.
Recent legislation and Senate Bill 670, which was written by District 34 state Rep. Abel Herrero, gave school districts the option to hold joint elections with the city in April 2009, but Gonzalez said the district's attorney felt it was more prudent to match the election cycle with the county, since waiting until the city's election would take up to a year longer, meaning an election for trustees wouldn't be held until 2009.
Holding joint elections with the county would allow three trustees whose terms were scheduled to end in November - Felix Landin, board president Paul Mostella and Hector Del Toro - to be up for election in November 2008. Those trustees whose terms were scheduled to end in November 2008 - Mike Alanis, Billy Lerma, Jan Mostella and Sylvia Longoria - will be up for election in November 2010.
The proposed changes in the election cycle would only apply to general trustee elections, according to the TASB letter, so school districts could still hold special elections to fill a vacancy or bond elections in November of odd-numbered years.
No vote was taken on the issue at the meeting, but a public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the administration building located at 9760 La Branch in Corpus Christi.
"We need the public to be made aware of these changes and how these changes came about," Gonzalez said.