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Former South San trustees Edward Mungia and Angelina Osteguin sit on the district's board dias with former Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra in June 2018.
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Three former trustees of the South San Antonio Independent School District have joined the board of a proposed charter school that would recruit students from South San.

South San high school students who advocated for greater access to mental health services celebrate the ribbon-cutting of a mental health center at Athens Elementary on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
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Six local nonprofits that specialize in therapy and counseling are piloting a mental health wellness program at the South San Antonio Independent School District.

On Friday the South San community celebrated the opening of a building at Athens Elementary where students, parents and staff can access the agencies’ services free of charge.

Students explore books in a nook of the bilingual kindergarten class at Athens Elementary on Aug. 21, 2019.
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The South San Antonio Independent School District reopened three schools this week, seven months after a divided board went against the superintendent’s recommendation to take more time to plan.

The families at the schools are happy to be back, but the upheaval created in the process may have lasting consequences.

South San ISD trustee Gilbert Rodriguez, right, asks district officials Aug. 7 about preparations to reopen previously closed schools.
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South San Antonio Independent School District’s elected school board voted 4-3 to “withdraw (their) consent” for state-appointed monitor Laurie Elliott Wednesday evening.

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Allegations of ethical and financial misconduct have put four San Antonio school districts under scrutiny by the Texas Education Agency – an amount of state involvement in local district operations unmatched by any other major Texas metro.


The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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The monitor appointed by the Texas Education Agency to observe the South San Antonio Independent School District is recommending that the state return the district to the oversight of a conservator.

The board of South San ISD is developing plans to open Athens Elementary, which closed in 2017.
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The state senators that represent the South San Antonio Independent School District want the Texas Education Agency to appoint a conservator to oversee the district. They are concerned South San trustees aren’t making sound financial decisions.

The board of South San ISD is developing plans to open Athens Elementary, which closed in 2017.
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Administrators at the South San Antonio Independent School District estimate that it will cost nearly $14 million dollars to reopen Athens Elementary, Kazen Middle School and West Campus High School next fall. But the majority on the board is skeptical that it will cost that much.

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During an at times contentious school board meeting last Thursday, opposing viewpoints over reopening three schools took center stage in the South San Antonio Independent School District.


The South SAN ISD administrative building.
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The board of trustees for the South San Antonio Independent School District approved a resolution to reopen three closed schools Wednesday night — before hearing a presentation on the topic from Superintendent Alexandro Flores.

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