(Seguin) -- The candidates who originally wanted the District 7 seat and who officially filed for consideration say they are disappointed with the school board's handling of the overall process.
Glenda Moreno, former Seguin ISD school principal and Louis Ramirez, the president of the Seguin-Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce were the only two individuals to officially file for consideration. The process was provided to anyone in District 7 who was interested. The deadline to file for consideration was Friday, Jan. 8.
After an hour and half of deliberation, during its Tuesday, Jan. 12 meeting, the school board announced that it was not ready to make a decision. According to the candidates and to many others in the public, it appeared as though Friday's special meeting was strictly to continue that night's deliberations between Moreno and Ramirez.
Moreno says in no way, did she think that the board would decide behind closed doors to change its approach in filling the seat -- allowing other potential candidates to also be considered.
"The decision was clearly, clearly very disappointing and frustrating. The board had two very interested applicants from District 7. Then all of a sudden, the applicant pool was open and then yes, I understand they can do (that), they're appointing someone, so I understand that, but out of common courtesy, I think a call should have been made," said Moreno.
Despite Friday's outcome, Moreno says she is more committed than ever to seek voter approval in November. She of course says her decision has nothing to do with Carol Sewell who was ultimately chosen to fill the seat. She says it is strictly on her commitment and love for the district and her desire to make all kids in the Seguin ISD successful.
"My thought is that in our schools, we teach our students the process of working together in groups, to problem solve to use critical thinking skills, to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group. Yet, it's truly my feeling -- the board has failed to do this. Since the board has proven time and time again that they can not make a sound decision, I will start to focus on the election where the constituents of District 7 can make the decision for them loud and clear and until that time, I will be at every board meeting I possibly can be at and available to all District 7 voters. At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to send a sincere thank you to those in the community who supported me and sent me well wishes throughout this journey. My family, especially myself, is extremely humbled and very touched for we, as a Moreno family, have a legacy of public service to our community and public education. I will continue to be an active voice to the matters of Seguin ISD -- clearly vowing that the needs of our children, our faculty and our staff come first," said Moreno.
As for Ramirez, he too was disappointed that no common courtesy about changing up the appointment process was extended to either candidate. Ramirez, who was out of town on Friday and unable to make the meeting says he had hoped for more appreciation for at least just filing for the position. He says at this time, he hopes Sewell does well in her representation. However, he says if the board continues it's "recent behavior," he will give great consideration to also get on the ballot this November.