San Marcos CISD to consider dropping at-large trustee districts in favor of single-member districts

The SMCISD board of trustees meets in the criminal justice room at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The SMCISD board of trustees meets in the criminal justice room at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The SMCISD board of trustees meets in the criminal justice room at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road, San Marcos. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The San Marcos CISD board of trustees will discuss moving forward with assigning the redistricting committee to work on a plan that would require all seven board members to be elected in single-member districts at the Feb. 14 meeting at 6 p.m.

Currently, five trustees are elected in single-member districts, and two are elected as at-large members. Any changes would take place after the May 7 election.

Two single-member districts are up for election in May: districts 4 and 5. District 4 is held by retiring trustee Kathy Hansen, and District 5 is held by board President Clementine Cantu. According to the school district, only Cantu has filed for re-election in District 5, and no one has filed to run in District 4.

The filing deadline for the May 7 election is Feb. 18.

Possible building donation to nonprofit


The board will also consider whether to hold a public hearing on possibly donating the old Bonham campus to the nonprofit organization Centro Cultural de Hispano.

San Marcos CISD owns the building at 501 S. LBJ Drive that the nonprofit has used for 10 years to provide classes and activities in Hispanic culture, heritage and art open to the San Marcos community, according to its webpage.

Centro rents the building—formerly called the Mexican School during segregation—from SMCISD for $6,650 a year.

In September, the board tabled its consideration of having the building appraised to potentially be sold after instructors, teachers and other educators from both the school district, Texas State University and elsewhere also spoke to the community center’s significance, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.

The board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Criminal Justice Classroom at San Marcos High School, 2601 Rattler Road.
By Eric Weilbacher

Editor, New Braunfels and San Marcos/Buda/Kyle

Eric joinedCommunity Impact Newspaper as an editor in July 2021, returning to journalism after several years in the New Braunfels business community. Prior to CI, Eric freelanced for multiple publications and was a reporter for the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. He brings a passion for accurate, compelling story telling and human interest to his work.