The school district here and its attorney were vague this week when asked about the future of Daniel J. Garcia’s position on the school board following his temporary removal from the governing body by a state district judge.
Visiting Judge David Stith decided to temporarily remove Garcia from the board last month after removal proceedings stemming from a petition filed in May alleged Garcia orchestrated a bribery attempt and requested bribes from school district employees in exchange for pay raises or promotions.
“Obviously, I disagree with his ruling but both Danny and I respect his ruling,” Garcia’s attorney, Gocha Ramirez said the day of the suspension.
Rene P. Montalvo, the board’s attorney, said the order of temporary suspension “means we continue to operate, just minus one person.”
“It could go in different directions, and I’m not privy to the litigation because the school district is not a party to the litigation, but my cursory understanding is that it’s a temporary suspension and the court still has a trial date to set, I believe, if I’m not mistaken, at some point in the future,” Montalvo said. “That trial would determine whether the removal would become permanent or would be reversed.”
According to Montalvo, until the trial the board will likely continue operating normally without filling the seat.
Asked about the future of Garcia’s seat, the district acknowledged the suspension but avoided speculating on the outcome of the situation.
“RGCCISD is aware of the judicial order of temporary suspension of School Board Member, Daniel J. Garcia,” the statement read. “As always, the district will continue to be faithful to its core mission and operate in the best interest of the children and the community.”