Andrew Fernandez, executive director of communications for SMCISD, told Community Impact Newspaper in a written statement that the hearing was cancelled because the agenda item regarding the potential donation was pulled "indefinitely" by trustee Miguel Arredondo, who requested that the board consider the donation in the first place.
El Centro, a nonprofit community and cultural center, is currently housed in the old Bonham Elementary School campus at 211 Lee St. Discussion about a potential land donation was first brought up during the board's deliberation about whether or not to build a new central administration office on the district's South LBJ Drive property, which is directly next to El Centro, or to build at a district property on Hunter Road.
Arredondo proposed at a March 4 meeting that the board consider a land donation to El Centro to ensure that it would be preserved in its current location no matter where the board decided to build the new central administration office, as some trustees feared leaving the South LBJ property empty would make the site, which includes El Centro, vulnerable to being sold by a future school board.
Arredondo said in a written statement that he plans to recommend that the board postpone the decision about the site of the new central administration office altogether until after the next Texas legislative session.