Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I will get to Art Rendon, but first I want to address the issue of Veteran's Memorial High School. This issue could actually be Presas-Garcia's downfall. There is nothing like an organized parents group along with their kids. They will have no problem finding someone to run against Presas-Garcia in November 2012.

Here is a press release from the South Texas Independent School District.

"District News

STISD rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency

All four STISD high schools ranked in the top 100 nationally and in the top 20 in the state in The Washington Post's High School Challenge Index: Read more here.

Med High and Med Tech ranked in Newsweek's America's Best High Schools 2011 and Ten Miracle High Schools list. Read more here."

You can go here to see the course offerings.

What parent in their right mind is going to pull their child out of South Texas Independent School District to send them to BISD?

Presas-Garcia is pulling a Juliet Garcia on the medical training program issue.  Every year hundreds of young adults take courses at UTB in hopes of entering the medical field only to learn they will never be allowed to move forward in the program or if they can there will be no job at the other end.  They are saddled with thousands of dollars in student loans with no where to turn for an income.

Presas-Garcia kept on asking how much federal funding is BISD losing because of the BISD students who go to South Texas?  As is always the case it is about money, and not the students.

Hanna is overcrowded.  Students can be encouraged to move over to VMHS without having to change VMHS.  Let's not forget reality.  The current Board Majority bad mouthed VMHS at every turn.  It was an irresponsible use of taxpayer money.  It wasn't needed.  Now it is to become the home of overflow students.  Which is it?  The students are not even on the radar of this current majority.

The solution to Hanna is for BISD to build a 9th grade campus somewhere near Hanna.  The parents at VMHS will be a force to be reckoned with.  I think the BISD majority is in for a battle which will take no prisoners.


What we know for sure about the settlement is, nothing.  We do not know if the money is coming from ACE insurance or the taxpayers.  Again, if it is coming from ACE the settlement is clean in terms of how settlements occur.  Settlements mean nothing in terms of liability or wrongdoing.  They are business decisions.  If ACE approved a settlement it made a business decision.  The settlement agreement will clearly state all liability is denied and that BISD believes the claims were without merit.  No insurance company will sign off on an agreement without this language.


If your brother has yet to produce one piece of evidence to prove his claims and no judge or agency has found his claims to be true, exactly why should anyone say the claims against him are wrong?

There is an agency which did review the documents and made findings of facts and conclusions of law.  It is called the TEA.

From the TEA report:

Page 14 ¶ 20 - a survey of campus principals had 44 of 48 principals having no confidence in Art Rendon - in fact Gonzales himself verified Rendon would self destruct. (Page numbers refer to docstoc page numbers)  (According to Fred Rendon the 44 principles need to apologize to his brother.)

This document throughout references Art Rendon's efforts to withhold information from Hector Gonzales related to the inflated attorneys fees being paid by Special Services. In fact Hector Gonzales had to go over his head to get to the information. Art Rendon responded by filing a grievance . If Art Rendon was concerned with the so called fraudulent billing by attorneys why did he file a grievance to conceal the so called evidence? He was protecting himself. See ¶¶ 32-35, and 52.

Hector Gonzales removed Susan Fox from Special Services and gave the job to Art Rendon. Sources have repeatedly said this was done at the command of Pat Lehmann. ¶ 71 shows that at the time Susan Fox was removed from Special Services no significant fiscal problems existed within the department.

In order to hire Art Rendon, Hector Gonzales removed the requirement that the candidate have a certificate in special education. ¶ 73 BISD's procedure for hiring Rendon was not followed: ¶¶ 74-75. ¶ 81 details the political process which went into the hiring of Rendon at Pat Lehmann's request.

¶¶ 86-107 tell a story of extreme incompetence on the part of Art Rendon. But of course we all know the report is false because Rick Zayas paid off the auditors, the TEA, the lawyers and GOD himself.

¶ 112 - BISD had to add an additional $3 million to Art Rendon's budget for unauthorized money spent which had not been budgeted, and other items. The report just goes on and on and on. It is beyond surreal that for any reason other than a political pay off anyone would give this man a job, or bring him back to BISD

Today I will try and do an open records request on the settlement.  The terms of the settlement are a public record.  This includes the source of the funding.  If it is coming from ACE the BV will not be posting through comments that the BISD Trustees bullied ACE.  Strasburger and ACE are bullied by no one.  If ACE is paying the settlement is clean and all of you people who are unwilling to accept this can just go start your own blog.

BUT, if the money is coming from the taxpayers, then I will say within a year indictments will follow.  Who will be indicted, I do not know - but if one penny comes from the taxpayers it is fair to say Presas-Garcia will be removed from office - hell the VMHS mess has guaranteed she will have a strong opponent.


Several months ago we saw Joe Colunga abstain in a vote related to Presas-Garcia getting a legal defense from ACE.  At the time I did not understand his reasoning for his abstention.  If a trustee abstains they can put the issue back on the agenda.  There may be something up - who knows.


Obviously before last nights meeting the majority agreed to the settlement.  Whether it was part of a walking quorum I do not know.  Montoya had a long piece ready to go the second the vote occurred.  Obviously he was told in advance the agreement had been made.  Hell, I was told in advance the agreement was made.  If there was a walking quorum any citizen can file an open meetings violation lawsuit and stop the settlement immediately.  Ah do not worry Arty boy - no one is going to file a lawsuit - this is Brownsville where fighting for right from wrong is a sin.

If the money is taxpayer money, Joe Colunga knows this - he can inform the right people who can immediately take out a full page ad in the Herald informing the people of the truth.  Ah, Arty - do not worry - Joe Colunga doing the right thing - yea not going to happen.

I only mention these things because my source yesterday on the settlement asked what can be done.  Hell as part of the possible open meetings violation a question  can be added as to whether Escobedo was conflicted out over his relationship with his brother Jaime and Art Rendon's vote to give Jaime a more than million dollar contract.

Ah, Arty - do not fret - no one will do anything - yes the settlement can be stopped immediately, but I know the people who claim to be the honest voices - they will not lift a  finger or spend one nickel of their own money. 

So why ask what can be done?  I do not know because we all know no one is going to do anything.


Anonymous said...

What about starting a 9th grade campus at Breeden?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing about the situation at Veterans. Presa, Superintendent Atkinson and their puppets are making a joke of BISD. Their mantra is build it and they will come -they won't. As long as BISD administration and current board are in place, no good can come out of this. These people are actually going to help boost the numbers at STISD and IDEA by their actions. Leave the magnet programs alone. Stop messing with something that has worked for years.

Anonymous said...

So if the insurance company settled then everything is on the up and up. He getting money, his job back, etc; that would be the right thing to do? Just asking....

BobbyWC said...

Great question - there are two separate issues here - the process and the result - my point is, if ACE has signed off on this - then the process is clean as to ACE and Strasberger and Price - no one can alleged they were coerced

Now the result is another issue - people on both sides will form opinions based on what they believe to be the truth. Perception will play a big role in this

For now I think the best thing to do is just wait and see what the terms of the settlement are and go from there.

On a comment I did not post through - you know who you are - I agree with your observation but for reasons I have stated before I will not post a comment based on an unreliable source - but I think as to your analysis you are right on

Bobb yWC

BobbyWC said...

If teh space is there and it will feed Hanna and relieve overcrowding then the idea on using Breeden is certainly worth considering

I love ideas and people who think of them

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

BISD is full of idiots. As a parent of STISD students, I intimatley know what cultivates its success.

1. A COMPETENT school board that does NOT micro-manage and is driven by petty motivations.

2. True leadership at the administration level that truly knows it's place. This allows the VERY capable faculty to do what it does well without oppression.

3. A culture of student responsibility(Laptops and cell phones are commonplace, the use of locker's WITHOUT locks on them with NO theft problem,etc., etc.) that is light year's away from BISD.

Myself and every other STISD parents that I have spoken to(20+) would not even think about sending their children back to BISD. And the dominate reasoning? A genuine lack administrative competence and and an IGNORANT Board President.

For the record 'SCI-Tech' graduated less than 90 students last year and they pool from the ENTIRE valley.

It's called choice. Students/Parents in Brownsville now have it and this knee-jerk reaction will ultimately serve as nothing more than as another example of the shallow thinking that dominates BISD upper levels.

Anonymous said...

Art Rendon is incompetent and doesn't deserve a dime!

BobbyWC said...

As for Art Rendon, the official TEA findings will always show he was not competent in his job and that the principals did not support him. Because he chose to forego a jury trial - he knew he could not win - he will never have any findings he was wronged - just the opinion of those who believe the TEA conspired with others to destroy him

BObby WC

Anonymous said...

When you have the four votes why go to court. Next for the Board is drop the 14.5 million lawsuit with Healthsmart, give Hector Gonzales is money.

Anonymous said...

Thank you STISD parent for speaking up. The community is being misled that if BISD transforms Veterans into a super magnet school, all these kids would come back to BISD. NO they won't! That's why the are not here in the first place. You are so right - the board president has no idea or clue what she is doing. Nor her cronies or superintendent Atkinson...I mean Montoya!

Anonymous said...

check this out - last night Mary Tolman approved to be in charge of Special Programs. She is the sister of Dr. Sylvia Atkinson. What a joke? There are many other competent BISD folks that can do this job. But no!!! They put the sister of Sylvia Atkinson. That's why BISD will never be a match for IDEA and STISD - those organizations stay above this type of crap!!!

BobbyWC said...

The BV does not allow for posts which directly accuse people of criminal conduct - and t obe frank with you I am bored with the calls for removal of Presas-Garcia - no one is willing to lift a finger other than say let's do it

Brownsville is Pathetic

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

The Director of Special Education position is open are we going backwards in BISD. Sure looks like it. ACE is involved in the monetary payment. Not sure how much is being paid by ACE. Time will tell.

Anonymous said...

BISD main office cronies going around today at Veterans pulling students out of class that were at board meeting last night. Bunch of cowards!!! Come after the adults if you want but leave the students alone. They are asking them who told them to go speak up at main office. Veterans administration didn't. I took my own daughter. Stop harassing the kids for having a mind of their own and speaking up!!! Go do your jobs. If only they would spend this much time at under-performing schools.

BobbyWC said...

If this is true then the parents need to hire an attorney to file a mass § 1983 Free Speech case - I have no way of knowing if this is true - but again if it is then the parents are being irresponsible if they do not sue

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

it is true...but people are afraid to speak up because their jobs are on the line. Several top BISD administrators were at school today. I agree with you...hope parents seek legal representation. This is unbelievalbe and irresponsible

Where can I read more about this 1983 Free speech case? Did it involve students at a school too?

BobbyWC said...

This link provides the concept as to employees

The following is a good start for students - remember they were not at a school event - they were at a public event which makes their case even easier
First, Roberts recapitulated that student expression may be suppressed only if school officials reasonably conclude that it will "materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school" -- observing however that this doctrine came from a case (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist.) in which the students were engaging in "political speech" in "a silent, passive expression of opinion, unaccompanied by any disorder or disturbance" (wearing armbands, to express “disapproval of the Vietnam hostilities and their advocacy of a truce, to make their views known, and, by their example, to influence others to adopt them.” Id., at 514), and in which "[t]he only interest the Court discerned underlying the school’s actions was the “mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint,” or “an urgent wish to avoid the controversy which might result from the expression." Roberts commented on this opinion with a quote from Virginia v. Black -- that political speech is “at the core of what the First Amendment is designed to protect.” 538 U. S. 343, 365 (2003)."

I believe based on the totality of the events everyone denied an opportunity to speak can sue and or sure everyone interviewed - this has nothing to do with school - it was a public event and they used school as a way to punish for a public act.

I will bet the farm the insurance company will push for immediate settlement.

If 26 people had their rights violated then BISD has a $1.3 million deducticle . Counsel will advice immediate settlement rather than spend $1.3 million in deductibles - the only dispute could be BISD could argue the deductible is $50,000 because it relates to the event and not each injured parry - a legal nightmare to say the least

Bobby WC


Anonymous said...

I am at a loss for words to express my thoughts about the behavior of BISD school board Majority 4, supt, and administrators. You are the leaders and role models for the students you are suppose to be educating? Caty, how would you like it if your precious son was stopped from speaking? Your claws would scratch some eyes out! You have no business at the campus, and administrators pulled out minors from class to interrogate them without parents present. Sue the hell out of them, parents. It erks me to no end for all of us to just sit back and take this type of treatment from our elected officials and employees. Make sure we all show up for the community meetings that Dr. Montoya promised us. The program is great, but your presentation to the public was after the fact and without thorough study of data.

Anonymous said...

Another sign of incompetence on the part of the board and main office administration - yesterday during the day they announced Debbie Alford was to be interim principal. She ran Canales elem to the ground and was moved to Adult Ed. Then in the afternoon they change their minds and put Sandra Lopez as interim. Lopez currently serves as AA for VM and other clusters. She and Rita Hdz are the ones that have been interogating students to find dirt on Acacia and her team at VMHS. In other words, she is another puppet in Sylvia Atkinson's bag of trick!

Anonymous said...

Give whomever gets placed at vmhs a chance. VMHS will persevere......for the record alford has canales recognized,,,,jr made it unacceptable

BobbyWC said...

Your comment is as dishonest as the comments against Alford are. Alford could be the best or worst - does not matter in terms of the issue. References to Alford are a distraction.

There is no allegation that the principal at VMHS was anything but excellent - Presas-garcia gets egg on her face and now the principal is punished -

Regardless of how you feel - for or against the proposals for VMHS the actions against the principal should shock you - but they do not because they fit your agenda

Shame on you

It is not about the egos of lunatics like Presas-garcia - it is about the children - but I know Brownsville - in a week no one will remember her and the parents will forget their ill conceived anger - ill conceived because they never intended to follow up on it and do not care that a good principal was thrown under the bus.

Thank god children are not the cowards the parents are - maybe the children will step up to the plate and show the adults in this town how to lead

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I think the parents are afraid of retaliation by BISD towards their children---BUT that would be more amunition for parents.
DON't live in fear---speak up!!!!!

Could these children file complaints on their own or do they need parental consent?
How could they be pulled out of class and interrogated without parental consent if all are minors?
This is so sad because students will NOT flock back to BISD just because some " genius" at main office thinks so.
Why did'nt they conduct a survey first to get imput?

BobbyWC said...

Until they are 18 they must go through their parents - once a criminal complaint is filed the child is protected because if anyone says boo to that child after the complaint is filed they can be charged with obstruction of justice.

Once a criminal complaint is filed there is no reason to fear retaliation

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

On the Nov 2012 election - they know Presas-garcia is gone - she is the only one who does not know this - but they already have people ready to run in the other positions so they will have the 4 person majority one way or the other.

This is why the campaign must begin now so that anyone who chooses to run can be vetted and exposed as plants for the current majority

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

The plants......Rachel Ayala, Mario Rodriguez, wife was just GIVEN position as admin for classified personnel....these plants will be loyal to Atkinson and make her superintendent. It's already in motion....

Anonymous said...

Bobby, anyone that is not happy with the current board majority better pay close attention to your 12:44pm comment. It is very important to weed out any plants, if it is not done soon then we can expect the same results as the previous BISD election.

Anonymous said...

I will say this again: all of this blowback against Acacia Ameel is a result of Sylvia Atkinson, who is known for her intimidation, insecurity, retaliation, smoke screens, and divide and conquer tactics. Follow her professional career tracks and you will easily see the pattern: anyone who is intelligent and independent is not to be trusted, and will therefore become a target for her. Acacia Ameel's popularity with students, teachers, and parents, coupled with her closeness with Springston and Sharon Moore and Susan Fox immediately put her in Atkinson's crosshairs. Atkinson has never been popular with students, teachers, and parents; indeed, she has been a source of discord. Again, look at her track record. Sylvia Atkinson is threatened by honesty, intelligence, and integrity, and both Catalina Presas and Carl Montoya are her lapdogs -- bought and paid for. Teri Alarcon needs to worry, as a protege of Sharon Moore's.

Anonymous said...

Come on Bobby, someone vetted Longoria and Saavedra. What good did that do????? Get a grip on reality, Son.

BobbyWC said...

We knew exactly who Saavedra and Longoria were - they got elected for two reasons - one the Herald ran cover for them and would not allow for the stories or the truth and two Zayas and Cortez ran campaigns you would expect of a 5th grader

Hopefully people will not allow that to happen again - bu this is Brownsville so it is anyone's guess

On the Board Members - when I go after someone I go after actions - the poster is the same old poster - a good blogger and mentally stable person takes sides and run cover for one side or the other - this is why Brownsville is what it is.

Colunga, Aguilar, and Pena are as liable for what is happening as the majority - their silence is complicity - they all three need to go.

I almost pissed my pants on the post that Carl Montoya is running the show on VMHS and it is wrong to put the blame on Presas-Garcia - good thing I went to the bathroom before checking for posts - Just too funny

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Bobby, you are correct about what happened Longoria and Saavedra. How can we deal with the Herald misinforming people during the next BISD election?

BobbyWC said...

cancel your subscription and tell them it is because of their cover up of the BISD mess - email everyone you know and tell them to do the same

Until Freedom Communications in California understands there are consequences for the actions of Daniel Cavasos they will take no action

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Good idea I will pass it on! Hope all your readers will do the same.

Anonymous said...

This TEA Report you posted is scary.

Anonymous said...

Just want to add my two cents as a parent of a student who graduated from STISD- Sci-Tech this past June. The quality of education he received there combined with students who actually wanted to learn made his experience at The Science Academy something not to be matched in the valley. It will be a long time , if ever, that BISD can meet STISD's standards. And BTW, the bus ride was inconsequential. The kids get used to it and sleep or talk the time away.