Trustees for the Robstown Independent School District approved a change in the date for the upcoming election for two seats on the school board, both of which will have multiple candidates.
A special meeting held April 5 at the administration building lasted less than an hour before a vote was taken on the issue of moving trustee elections for places 4 and 5 on the RISD school board from May to November.
Superintendent Roberto Garcia said last week that the decision was ultimately up to the school board, and they felt it was in the best interest of the school district to move the election to coincide with the Nov. 4 General Election.
"We heard there was a greater danger of the election being (invalidated) if we were to hold it in May," the superintendent said.
Garcia said an opinion from the Office of the Texas Attorney General told the school district they would not be able to hold its election in May, since no city or county elections would be taking place during that month.
House Bill 1 requires school districts to have a joint election with either a city or county during the November General Election in even-numbered years. The move would allow the school district to have its election with the county in November.
"When we received that email, we started to ask ourselves 'What were our options,'" Garcia said. "That is what turned on the red light and we contacted our attorney."
The school district's attorney, John Bell, recommended to the school board that this year's trustee elections be moved to November. The vote was 4-3 in favor of moving the trustee election to November.
Garcia said Tuesday that discussions were ongoing with Bell about the possibility of having all of the candidates re-apply for the election, meaning new opponents could potentially enter the race. Currently, incumbents Adolfo Lopez and Victor Orona have one challenger each.
Opponents to the change approved April 5 have said they will try to file a complaint with the Department of Justice to have the decision reversed.