Trustee voices concerns about SHAC appointee

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

On  Monday, October 16, 2017, the San Marcos CISD board of trustees will once again discuss and possibly take action regarding our district’s School Health Advisory Council, or SHAC. This will now be the third time this item has been brought before our school board since August. The recent controversy related to an individual currently serving on our San Marcos CISD School Health Advisory Council has brought to light what I can only describe as a lack of proper systems in regards to the vetting of applicants who wish to serve on San Marcos CISD councils and committees. I encourage all San Marcos CISD taxpayers, parents, students, and staff to watch our meetings archived online and watch how this process unfolded during the past several months. I appreciate the citizens who have reached out via email, through social media, and who have made phone calls communicating their shared concerns regarding our School Health Advisory Council appointees. As a fifth generation San Marcan, product of our public schools, Texas State alumnus who studied public administration and political science, and as the youngest elected official in Hays County I see the power of political engagement and value citizen participation in government. I cherish and value our constitutional right to freedom of speech. Healthy political dialogue and debate is the bedrock of our democracy. However, the hateful messages that have been broadcasted and shared on social media by a member of our School Health Advisory Council are very troubling and in my opinion is not political debate but outright attacks on the underrepresented populations of our community. Because of this, prior to our September school board meeting, I  shared concerns with colleagues on the school board before we were asked to confirm appointees to the San Marcos CISD School Health Advisory Council. Unfortunately our school board voted in September by a vote of 4-2 to approve applicants to the San Marcos CISD SHAC. Trustees Hansen, McGlothlin, Costilla, and Villalpando voting in favor. Trustees Arredondo and Halsey voting against. Mrs. Cantu was absent at our September meeting for personal reasons. In recent days I believe all trustees have been made aware of the social media postings made by a member of the School Health Advisory Council. I encourage all citizens regardless of political affiliation or ideology, regardless of color or creed, and regardless of socioeconomic status, to please attend Monday’s  board meeting and share your thoughts with your elected representatives. The San Marcos CISD School Board will be meeting at our Central Administration Building located at 501 S LBJ Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666 at 6:00 p.m.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the San Marcos CISD School Board or San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District.

Miguel Arredondo

San Marcos

San Marcos CISD School Board, District One

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