MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland ISD has issued a statement regarding the lawsuit filed in Midland County.
“Today, I was forwarded a copy of a lawsuit purportedly filed by a Midland County resident concerning the MISD Board of Trustees’ July 27, 2020 decision to re-name Robert E. Lee High School and Robert E. Lee Freshman School. The crux of the suit appears to be that the Board did not have the legal authority to make that decision. In making that allegation, the Plaintiff refers to statutes that are not applicable to a school board’s school-naming decision. Contrary to what the Plaintiff alleges, the MISD Board of Trustees has the legal authority to make school-naming decisions just like the MISD Board of Trustees had in 1961 when the school was first named and every year since.
The suit also alleges that MISD unlawfully accepted and considered an online petition regarding the name change. While the Board was aware of petitions both for and against changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School and Freshman School, the Board did not create or receive these petitions.
A recording of the meeting is available at https://www.midlandisd.net/Page/33198, and any member of the public who wished to do so was able to watch the meeting live at midlandisd.net/stream or call in during the public comment period.
Because I have not actually been served with the lawsuit, it is my hope that the Plaintiff will voluntarily choose to dismiss it.”MISD Board President Rick Davis
One man has filed suit against Midland ISD over the changing of Robert E. Lee High School.
According to court documents, the lawsuit claims MISD’s board of trustees is “not operating in compliance with the Texas Education Code at all practicable times by not having constituted a district level decision-making committee before, on, or about July 27, 2020 when they considered “Whether to Rename Robert E. Lee Senior High and Robert E. Lee Freshman…in violation of TX Education Code 11.251 (b)-(e)’”
Furthermore, the suit states MISD did “no due diligence to understand the financial costs” that would come with the name change and that would fall on tax payers and that the board failed to address petitions against the name change, among other claims.
The plaintiff is listed as Jeremy Shane Mansell and the defendants are Midland ISD and all of the board members. It was filed in the 238th District Court in Midland County.
See the lawsuit below: