Discussion of Selling ‘El Centro’ Arises at San Marcos School Board Meeting

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by Taylor Zavala
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    Discussion of Selling ‘El Centro’ Arises at San Marcos School Board Meeting


The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees discussion regarding the potential selling of a block on South LBJ Drive has lead to some community outrage.

At February’s SMCISD board of trustees meeting there was a filled room with both children and parents; all who were prepared to speak out on a singular issue that was causing tension.

In recent released minutes for the board of trustees meetings, many have featured during closed session meetings, the discussion of selling 2.5 acres of land located on South LBJ.

Though the 2.5 acres of land is not listed as a building in the board of trustees agenda, the 2.5 acres is widely known throughout the community of San Marcos as La Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, which is a communal location used to promote the Hispanic heritage of San Marcos.

During the public forum section of the board of trustees meeting, many San Marcos citizens took the opportunity to speak and used their allocated time to speak about ‘El Centro’ and the positive impacts ‘El Centro’ has brought to the community.

Each resident who spoke was able to provide personal details regarding the way ‘El Centro’ has had a positive impact on their lives, as they discussed growing up in San Marcos and attending SMCISD schools.

One San Marcos local who joined the crowd during the meeting was Texas State Social Work Junior Mariana Zamora, who says she grew up in the San Marcos CISD school system and though ‘El Centro’ wasn’t around for her as a child she still believes the building is a great provider for the community.

“Centro provides a lot of different opportunities for students in the school district to come with their families and to come with their parents and to learn more about their hispanic culture as well as getting services, music classes, dancing, cooking,” said Zamora.

Though the minutes for February’s board of trustees meeting did not feature the potential selling of La Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Zamora says that she will continue to spread the word to inform the community.

“I’m not really sure what the next move is,” said Zamora. “They were going to put a hold on the vote because of all the commotion going on, but we’re definitely going to try and get people to keep attending the school board meetings to keep up with it but also to become more involved about what’s going on in our school district.”

The next board of trustees meeting will take place March 30th and the agenda for the meeting has not been finalized as to what will be discussed.

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