Judge blocks Progreso state-appointed board

PROGRESO — A judge granted the Progreso school district board a temporary restraining order against the Texas Education Agency yesterday.

The order, granted by state District Judge Amy Clark Meachum, temporarily blocks TEA from installing a board of managers and lowering the district’s accreditation status for at least two weeks.

The board of managers was scheduled to be sworn in Thursday during a special board meeting. But the current board filed a lawsuit Monday fighting TEA’s decision to remove the elected seven-member board of trustees and replace it with a TEA-appointed five-member board of managers.

A full evidentiary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 19, attorney Darren Gibson said. Both parties will be able to testify and the current school board members plan to request a temporary injunction to avoid the agency’s takeover until the lawsuit is resolved.

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