Mineola school board postpones May election

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The Mineola School Board election has been postponed until November.

The school board met Thursday and decided to join the growing list of cities and schools moving the May 2 elections to Nov. 3, the date of the general election.

Board President John Abbott abstained from the vote, as his position is one of the two to be decided, and he has filed for reelection.

There are three other candidates for the two seats, and the delay in the election does not impact the filing period, which expired in February.

The election will be held along with the federal, state and county elections.

Superintendent Cody Mize recommended the delay in the interest of public health and to avoid any voter suppression should the limitations from the virus pandemic still be in place.

Schools and cities were given the option to postpone by Gov. Greg Abbott. No other alternative dates were included.

The board also authorized a proclamation concerning employee pay during the emergency shutdown of the schools until at least April 3.

Mize said the proclamation allows the district to continue with payroll any time during the shutdown, most importantly for hourly employees.

Thursday’s meeting was available live on Facebook and also through the Zoom app as attendance was restricted to board members and critical staff.

Mize said the school offices remain open with employees on a rotating schedule.

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