E.C.I.S.D. District 2 seat remains vacant

by Michael Stafford

NewsWest 9

An empty seat on the Ector County school board remains vacant.

Now people who live in District two will have to wait three months for a replacement.

Three candidates vying for that spot vacated by Renda Berryhill managed to split the board's vote at Thursday's meeting, which means it's still up for grabs.

The board gave Faye Batch one vote, Feliz Abalos got two votes, and Enrique Romero received three votes.

But a winner would've required four of the six board votes to get the nod.

Top vote-getter Romero says he's not disappointed at all, and plans to run again during a November election.

"I'm not disappointed at all.  I know about the other two candidates and they're background.  What they had to bring to the table, and I knew it wasn't going to be an easy decision," says Romero.

District officials say beginning Friday they'll open up the filing process, and allow more candidates to step forward, but you must file by August 31st.

Board president Carol Gregg says trustees were pleased with the quality of tonight's candidates, but now she says voters can decide the winner.

"I think this way the voters in that precinct will be able to select the person they want to represent them.  You know we had three really strong candidates, and it makes it very difficult to come to a consensus when you have three very good choices," says Gregg.

L.U.L.A.C. and NAACP officials were once again present as they have been since Berryhill vacated the seat.  They've been trying to encourage the board that it needs minority representation, especially someone who's greatly qualified, and has the student's education in mind.

Thursday night's candidates answered questions ranging from Bible curriculum to test scores, and that's some of the same questions newcomers will have to answer between now and the November sixth election.