by BRAD ROLLINS
Less than two months after taking office, San Marcos CISD trustee Naomi Narvaiz tendered her resignation on Tuesday, citing a “life-altering situation.”
“I received some news that will force my family and I to make some choices that will eventually move us out of San Marcos,” Narvaiz wrote in a July 8 email to superintendent Mark Eads. “This is not easy and after much thought I cannot be a disservice to the community who trusted me in the first place. I am unable to concentrate or dedicate the time necessary to do what I was elected to do.”
At its July 21 regular meeting, the board is expected to discuss whether to appoint someone to replace Narvaiz until the regular election in May 2015 or to call a special election immediately, the two options for filling trustee vacancies outlined under the Texas Education Code. Narvaiz’s three-year term would have expired in May 2017.
Narvaiz gave no indication that she was contemplating resignation, board president Kathy Hansen said, calling Narvaiz’s late afternoon email “kind of a shock.”
“She really did not go into detail in her email which, you know, is her right. I just hope everything is okay,” Hansen said.
Narvaiz did not return a phone call from the San Marcos Mercury this morning seeking comment.
Narvaiz was elected to represent Place 1 on May 10 with 178 votes to Danny Gonzales’ 117. The cost of calling the election — an election that would not have been necessary if Place 1 had not been contested — amounted to $3,013.69, about $10.20 per vote cast, Eads told the Mercury in response to a Texas Public Information Act request.
Narvaiz was sworn to office on May 19 by State Rep. Jason Isaac, signaling a potential shake-up in school board politics. At her first meeting, the board was unable to elect a president after members deadlocked 3-3 between Hansen and trustee John Crowley, a Narvaiz ally. Hansen prevailed at the board’s June 16 regular meeting when Crowley was not present to vote for himself.
(At its July meeting, the board will try for a third time to elect a vice president; neither trustee Paul Mayhew nor trustee Judy Allen were able to secure a majority at the June meeting.)
Narvaiz sits on the Texas Republican Party Executive Committee representing Senate District 21, a position to which she was re-elected in June at the party’s state convention in Fort Worth.
Read the full text of Naomi Narvaiz’s resignation letter.
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