LA MARQUE — The La Marque school district took action on an item from the executive session agenda Thursday night but the district is not saying what the action is. 

After spending about an hour in executive session, the La Marque board of trustees returned to open session Thursday night to approve a series of items. The board approved the hiring and resignation of some employees as well as an item clarifying that there will no longer be furlough days for employees. 

The trustees also approved a motion made by Trustee Richard Hooker that lacked any specific details. 

“I move to direct the administration and legal counsel to proceed as discussed in closed session,” Hooker said. 

Trustees Terry Pettijohn, Annie Burton, Edna Courville and Board President Nakisah Paul approved the motion. Trustees Shirley Fanuiel and Edward Crawford were absent. 

After the meeting Superintendent Terri Watkins said she could not provide any details on the mysterious motion and said she had been advised by the school district’s legal counsel not to say anything on the matter because of attorney-client privilege. 

On the board’s executive session agenda were items pertaining to hiring an assistant principal, a director for the STEM academy and clarification of salary and furlough issues, which were all voted on and approved separately. 

The only other item on the executive session agenda was one to “Consider, discuss and take possible action regarding Energy for Schools; Interlocal Electricity Procurement Agreement between the District and Energy for Schools with Texas General Land Office and Cavallo Energy Texas; and the Reliant Electric Sales Agreement and contemplated litigation.” 

The trustees never mentioned this item or discussed it in open session before approving Hooker’s motion. Watkins would not confirm that the motion was related to that agenda item.

After having time to speak to the district’s attorney on Friday, Watkins said the district has “the obligation to periodically enter and to renew energy agreements to supply electricity to the district’s facilities.”

“We’ve been asked to address concerns related to such contracts and we’ve engaged legal counsel to assist us in the process,” Watkins said. “Because the circumstances may implicate litigation, the district has been advised by counsel not to provide more information at this time.”

Watkins said the district’s attorney had advised her to say nothing else on the matter. 

Sandra Carpenter and Melanie Charleston of the Walsh Anderson & Gallegos law firm are the school district’s attorneys. They did not respond to questions about the trustee action by late Friday. 

The board’s action clearly violates the Public Information Act, said Charles Daughtry, an attorney representing The Daily News. 

“In order to be in compliance with the notice provisions, the public must have been reasonably notified regarding what the board was voting on,” Daughtry said. 

The motion Hooker made did not give the public a clue what was being voted on, he said. 

“This violation is not even a close call,” Daughtry said. “It’s a clear violation.”

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com

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Robert Buckner

The dog and pony show continues at LMISD. This dog and pony show is now a traveling show up and down Bayou Road with appearances at city hall included.[beam]

MissionaryMan
Walter Manuel

Well of course no one at LMISD wants anyone to know that their about to approve possibly borrowing $3 million dollars in the name of saving energy through this "green energy" grant program so they can do like they've done with all of our other money, steal from Peter to pay Paul in order to keep their doors open.

This is what I said yesterday, these people are nothing but liars, watch closely and you can catch them talking out of both sides of their mouths.

Things aren't as peachy at LMISD as they want their people to believe because those of us who aren't one of their own weak sheeples know better!

It's pitiful that Terri Watkins would sell her soul to the devil and be a part of all of these lies and deception just for a paycheck. I can't imagine she's liking what she sees looking at herself in the mirror these days either.

When you have 2 board members with the "Dr." initials in front of their name (Hooker and Courville) and they don't know better themselves the rules of the Texas Open Meeting Act, then it only serves to prove one thing, "those who can do, those who can't become LMISD school board of trustees".[beam]

MissionaryMan
Walter Manuel

Perhaps Terry Pettijohn can go to TCISD, DISD, CCISD, SFISD, GISD and any other well organized and run school district and sit in their audience and watch how "public officials" really follow the law and are TRANSPARENT and then perhaps we can again read another one of his fine "feel good" political posturing letters to the editor about what he learned from someone else.

If anyone remembers correctly or even knew, on the school districts "Future Agenda Items" on the May 20th school board meeting, it clearly read "SECO LOAN".

Read about SECO LOans and you'll see what I'm talking about.

You see these people over at LMISD forget that we're not ALL from the Eagle's Nest and we do have the capability and desire to lead ourselves towards our own success and destination rather than follower those who are STILL lost themselves.

I hope the board doesn't approve sending Nakisha Paul back to this years school board state conference because it's obvious that her other trips in the past has been a huge waste of taxpayers money seeing how her and "her board" haven't YET learned a thing about how to become a SUCCESSFUL and KNOWLEDGEABLE school board of trustee by what we see they have NOT learned from these past conferences?

Everything done in the dark shall come to light and it looks like for these people it's continues happening in order to expose them for who they really are as people and their TRUE character. [scared]

Robert Buckner

It isn't the first time this ISD has showed little regard for the open meeting's act. Their actions showing willful disregard and disrespect for the taxpayers via "executive sessions will continue until they are completely out of business, along with fiscal mismanagement, lies, double talk, etc. They may fool their "sheeples" and all the other followers into believing them but not here. These Dr. titles are about as useless as all the Rev. titles we see around here.

MissionaryMan
Walter Manuel

Your right Robert, titles mean NOTHING when it comes to these people! LOL

For those who have been calling and texting me regarding "SECO Loan", here you go according to DSIRE's website:


"LoanSTAR Revolving Loan Program"

"Last DSIRE Review: 06/10/2013

Program Overview:

State: Texas

Incentive Type: State Loan Program

Eligible Efficiency Technologies:
Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Building Insulation, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Energy Management Systems

Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Heat Pumps

Applicable Sectors: Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Public Schools, Public Universities, Public Tax District Supported Hospitals, Community-Based and House-of-Worship Nonprofit (Pilot Program)
Amount: Varies

Maximum Incentive: $7.5 million

Terms: Interest rates are set with each Request for Application. Loans are repaid through energy cost savings. Projects must have composite payback of 10 years or less.

Funding Source: Petroleum Violation Escrow Funds; ARRA

Program Budget: $190 million (including ARRA funds)

Start Date: 1989

Web Site: http://www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us/ls/
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Texas Government Code § 2305.032
1993 (subsequently amended)
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 2077
06/17/2011
06/17/2011

Summary:
Note: Postings for applications occur annually in April and October. Visit the Texas State Energy Conservation Office LoanSTAR web site for additional details.

Through the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), the LoanSTAR Program offers low-interest loans to all public entities, including state, public school, colleges, university, and non-profit hospital facilities for Energy Cost Reduction Measures (ECRMs). Such measures include, but are not limited to: HVAC, lighting, and insulation. Funds can be used for retrofitting existing equipment or, in the case of new construction, to finance the difference between standard and high efficiency equipment. The evaluation of on-site renewable energy options (e.g., solar water heating, photovoltaic panels, small wind turbines) is encouraged in the analysis of potential projects".

Robert Buckner

A little conversation with other locals revealed that the terms "Tiny Town" and "Podunk" are getting more popular lately along with "ghetto" and dissolving the incorporation of the city isn't such a bad idea, They figure LMISD's days are number as it continues in downward spiral. Also, a recall of everybody wouldn't be a bad idea.[beam]

MissionaryMan
Walter Manuel

The burning question now circulating around town is "when will the DA's office FINALLY file charges and fine these people for not following the Open Meetings Act"?

The districts legal team should be fired immediately for not knowing better and advising these people who don't know what they are doing in the first place to vote on something the way that they did.

As others have pointed out after reading Terri Watkins comment, this really demonstrates her lack of experience as a superintendent to not better herself.

Laws are made to be followed and the DA's office has an obligation to the citizens for which they serve to make sure they are.

Will anything happen THIS time? Probably not....[wink]

MissionaryMan
Walter Manuel

Ooops! That should be, "this really demonstrates her lack of experience as a superintendent to not "know" better herself".

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