Sunday, August 8, 2010

LISD Board Retreat

LISD board members get lesson on decorum

By Nick Georgiou
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 7:30 AM CDT
Politics and cronyism at a school district will always exist, but it becomes so “animated and public” that it overshadows LISD’s priorities, Superintendent Marcus Nelson said Saturday at a school board retreat.

LISD trustees attended their own summer camp yesterday.  The focus of the event was to help board members improve communication with one another and leave personal issues out of school business.  Consultant George H. McShan was the presenter at the retreat.  Some trustees, however, played hooky.
Jesus Martinez, Guillermina "Mina" Montes and Jose A. Valdez were absent.
Those in attendance had a chance to share their feelings on what has gone on at LISD.  Board president George Beckelhymer was upset over the fact that a special called meeting was called without his knowledge.
Beckelhymer said at the retreat that the fact that they bypassed him was "very disrespectful."
Attorney for LISD clarified that such a meeting can be called by several trustees.  In any case, perhaps this is a step forward for the district.  The healing can hopefully begin.

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