The Edinburg Review has filed a complaint against Edinburg CISD with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott following the district’s refusal to release names submitted for new schools set to open in the fall.
At issue are whether the district has violated Texas’ open government laws, the Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.
The Review originally submitted an open records request on April 26, two days before the school board selected the final names to adorn four new elementary schools, one middle school, and one new high school. The Review requested the original 60 nominations originally submitted to the district’s “Naming Committee,” which convened in private sessions beginning in March 2010.
To date, one month later, the Review has not received notice about its specific request despite messages sent to school administrators inquiring about the status of the request.
Texas Open Meetings laws cite that upon receipt of a public information request, a governmental body generally is required within 10 business days to either provide access to the requested information or request an attorney general ruling on whether the information can be withheld. As of Thursday, May 20, the district had not requested a ruling to withhold information, according to officials with the AG’s office.
“The district needs to understand that it cannot pick and choose what information it sends to the public,” said Review Editor Brad Nibert. “We’re hopeful that the AG can sort out this issue and get us the information we require.”
The board voted unanimously at their regular meeting on April 28, to designate the following names to the new schools:
A fourth high school will be named after legendary EHS coach Robert Vela.
A new middle school will be named after former Board president Elias Longoria Sr.
A new elementary school on Alberta Road will be named after Edinburg’s first Hispanic mayor Alfonso Ramirez.
An elementary school on Davis Road will be named after EHS Sergeanettes founder Dr. Kay Teer Crawford.
An elementary on Rooth Road will have a dual name; the school will be named after former coach R.C. “Fito” Flores and Iraq War soldier Mark Anthony Zapata.
An elementary sister school to Cano-Gonzalez will be named after one of Edinburg’s earliest educators, Macaria Gorena.