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San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

Tonight Mano Amiga will present a case to the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees Meeting to remove Naomi Narvaiz from the School Health Advisory Council.

Here is a basic timeline of events leading up to tonight:

Here is Mano Amiga’s latest post

“MANO AMIGA STATEMENT: A CALL TO “RESET & RE-VET”

It’s been a bewildering week.

Last Sunday, Ms. Naomi Narvaiz proclaimed in San Marcos Daily Record that she couldn’t figure out if Mano Amiga’s horrific gallery of posts gathered from her social media “may have been altered to fit their agenda.”

The very next day, Ms. Narvaiz re-tweeted a post, for all to see, from Patriot Front, the organization whose shirt & shield were donned by the racist killer in Charlottesville who mowed over protestors. To quote a later Daily Record article, “The group’s website name, bloodandsoil.org, refers to a chant used by Nazis in Germany.”

Who accidentally tweets neo-Nazi content, much less while perched on a City’s Ethics Commission?
And when already the focus of widely publicized concerns about extremism in your social media posts, what does it say about, um, judgment?

Even San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides, who praised Narvaiz on the San Marcos Local News FB Group as “great on that [SHAC] or any committee” in August — insultingly, the very same morning as his vote for amicus in SB4 litigation — has walked away from that support.

Thomaides now tells Daily Record he has not endorsed any candidate for SHAC, a step in the right direction — but that seemingly stops right there.
This morning, Monday, marks one week since a San Marcos ethics commissioner, on Mayor Thomaides’ watch, posted neo-Nazi content on her social media.

In a confession on KVUE’s feature story Friday, Narvaiz acknowledges she did post neo-nazi content: “I thought it was kind of silly, and I retweeted it. Simple as that.”

In the intervening week, Mayor Thomaides has been silent.
His mug did grace the Daily Record’s front page Wednesday: he’s joined a Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate that pledges to “expressly reject extremism, white supremacy & all forms of bigotry.”

While Thomaides found time to get quoted on his Compact commitment, KVUE reports that Mayor Thomaides ducked “multiple attempts” over a two-day investigation to comment on the extremist, white supremacist & bigoted content now reported by numerous media outlets, including in Houston & San Antonio, with interest only growing.

San Marcos Cinema Club announced they will, at 11 AM today, deliver an L.A. Dodgers poster to Mayor Thomaides: acknowledging the Mayor has steadily dodged reporter’s inquiries into the inflammatory posts by his city’s Ethics Commissioner, as lamented by KVUE. (Cinema Club has a superb racial-justice baseball documentary coming in Lost River Film Fest…)

RESET & RE-VET!

On behalf of Mano Amiga, we are prepared to embrace an idea proposed by Ms. Narvaiz herself during her KVUE confession:
“If we’re going to scrutinize one person out of 23 (Student Health Advisory Council members), let’s sit down, and look at everybody else’s records the same way and see.”

Indeed, to “RESET & RE-VET”is the most prudent choice forward for all concerned.

Despite his initial vote in favor of Narvaiz for SHAC, we seek to dispel rumors about School Board vice president John McGlothlin that he is a Narvaiz diehard, prepared to defend her no matter what horrendous things she posts.

On the contrary, we applaud Mr. McGlothlin for rightly clarifying on Twitter that “many folks are genuinely offended at Tweets & posts that are abhorrent” — we respectfully encourage Mr. McGlothlin to go one step further, in acknowledging the wholesale failure of the vetting process for SHAC, in which someone posting neo-Nazi content, among other types of hateful speech, managed to slip through.

Accordingly, we ask Mr. McGlothlin to embrace the call to “RESET & RE-VET.”

Four days before her September SHAC appointment, Ms. Narvaiz’s twitter had a post declaring “Deport All Illegals, including DREAMers”: severely threatening & traumatic advocacy against the very children whose mental & physical health she’s tasked with advising upon.

A ridiculous claim is this campaign is a “political witch hunt.” When we “RESET & RE-VET,” political stripe is not our guiding concern — rather, it would be vetting for things like excluding bullies who broadcast threats & hateful messages from serving on a committee tasked with preventing bullying & suicide prevention…

In fact, we’ve seen through La Otra Voz-San Marcos, Texas — the underground rag from the early 70s that chronicled Latinx struggles in San Marcos — that so-called liberal politicians aren’t always reliable advocates for racial justice. In that publication’s pages, campaign ads for George Bush accompany articles on community organizing & education.

And in the wake of our spectacularly failed election in Hays County in 2016 — whereby 1,816 votes went uncounted at the Government Center, allegedly due to “preventable human error” — Mano Amiga has observed that local right-wingers, (puzzlingly, much more than Democrats, who were the ones disproportionately affected by the uncounted votes!) including Ms. Narvaiz, have been at the forefront in calling for justice & election integrity. We’ve also been bowled over by the amount of correspondence from local Republicans the past few weeks: fair-minded individuals who are similarly troubled by the harm Narvaiz represents for our City & its children (& presumably their grand old party) through her extremist advocacy.

Rather than any political litmus test, when we “RESET & RE-VET” the SHAC, perhaps the guidelines of the Mayor’s Compact to Combat Hate would be an apt guideline on whom to exclude — as soon as that Mayor’s Compact actually starts taking effect…
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(These are the views of Mano Amiga, & are in no way meant to try to represent the diverse views of this coalition calling for Narvaiz’s ouster from SHAC…)”

 

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San Marcos CISD SHAC By Laws

After a few exchanges, San Marcos provided this version of SHAC By Laws.

Re: 9/21/2017 – San Marcos Open Records Request
Fernandez, Andrew <andrew.fernandez@smcisd.net>
Tue 10/10/2017 1:32 PM
To:Deborah Simmons <debbietxag@hotmail.com>;
1 attachments (25 KB)
SMCISD Bylaws 10 2016.docx;
Attached are the bylaws.
ANDREW FERNANDEZ
Executive Director of Communications, San Marcos CISD
p: 512-393-6768
f: 512-393-6787
e: Andrew.Fernandez@smcisd.net
On Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 4:27 PM, Deborah Simmons <debbietxag@hotmail.com> wrote:
Hello,
Thank you so much for the responses. I do not see the SHAC By Laws on the website nor attached to any of the email exchanges.
Does the SHAC have By Laws?
Thank you,
Deborah Simmons

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San Marcos Campaign against Naomi Narvaiz appointment to SHAC

UPDATE: The Facebook event was deleted.  Here is the new link –
https://www.facebook.com/events/860812154078637

Naomi Narvaiz is being targeted for removal from the School Health Advisory Council in the San Marcos Consolidated ISD.  This type of campaign is highly unusual for a Citizen Committee that was presented, discussed, and approved by the Trustees of a School District.  What is going on in San Marcos that has invoked such hatred for a conservative community member?

The group Mano Amiga has posted attacks and launched a protest for the next School Board Meeting planned for October 16 in an attempt to have Narvaiz removed.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1863747483954989/?action_history=null

Last month, the Board of Trustees approved a group of applicants for their School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) — unfortunately, among them was Naomi Narvaiz, an extremist activist in Hays County, whose disturbingly fringe views, until now, were not fully known to the School Board.

Her personal Twitter account routinely broadcasts bigoted ideas — decrying the “Islamic infiltration” of the U.S., labeling transgender folks as suffering a “mental disorder,” claiming gay marriage harms kids & stems from “child rape,” advocating to “Deport all Dreamers,” depicting yoga as “witchcraft,” etc. — & we have faith that, upon a thorough review of her toxic worldview, our School Board will make the prudent choice of protecting SMCISD youth from her hateful ideas.

We invite you to convey your concern — that a person with such dangerously backward views would hold a position of power, with real consequences for our city’s children, many of whom are Muslim, from immigrant families, not heterosexual, believe in evolution or practice yoga — directly to the School Board, asking they swiftly remove her from SHAC:

clem.cantu@smcisd.net, john.mcglothlin@smcisd.net, kathy.hansen@smcisd.net, lupe.costilla@smcisd.net, margie.villalpando@smcisd.net, miguel.arredondo@smcisd.net, anne.halsey@smcisd.net

At the School Board meeting, Mano Amiga will provide food for those who show up at 5:30PM.
Between now & then, we will steadily post images from the horrifying trove of Ms. Narvaiz’s public commentary via social media to underscore that she is empirically unfit for SHAC.

We invite supporters of this growing coalition of common cause — of immigrants & their loved ones, of Muslims, of yoga practicioners, of the LGBTQIA+ community — to make a poster for the School Board meeting that simply quotes one of Ms. Narvaiz’s outlandish public comments. There are so many; you are free, of course, to take your choice.”

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20170918 – San Marcos ISD Board of Trustees Meeting

In August, San Marcos ISD Board of Trustees reviewed a list of SHAC appointees submitted by a Trustee that had taken the liberty of deleting one name and adding a few more.  The discussion was settled when they voted to reopen the application process until September 8 and postpone the appointment vote until the September Board meeting.  (More details can be found here.)

The following two videos were taken from the September 18 Meeting in which the Trustees discuss the SHAC appointment process in more detail and vote to approve a list.  The first video is the SHAC Update provided under the Academic Update from the District.  The second video is on the Item for Action “Consider Approval of Student Health Advisory Committee Members” on the Agenda – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzIuq_ICOqGAOThLUmpadzEyT0k/view

A few notes from the discussion include:

  • The Trustees received recommendations to the SHAC By Laws regarding Wellness Policy, requirement for SHAC By Laws, SHAC members must be appointed by School Board, and goals and objectives of the SHAC.
  • The speaker references bills passed in the 2015 Legislative Session and policy recommendations by TASB, TEA, and DSHS.
  • San Marcos consulted eight districts regarding best practices including Hays, Seguin, Austin, and Navarro.
  • They found that some districts that they contacted do not have SHAC members appointed by the Board.
What process does your school district use for SHAC membership? Texas Education Code 28.004 requires that at least five members be appointed by the Trustees. While the intent of code may have been to create an appointed committee with at least five members, districts sometimes only have the trustees appointment five of the members of the SHAC. Many SHACs allow whoever shows up to vote on SHAC business. Ask your district for a copy of the SHAC By Laws. Make sure that your district is in compliance with TEC 28.004 and the districts SHAC By Laws.
 
#takebacktheSHAC

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouAInPN94e4

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San Marcos ISD – SHAC, Mindfulness, NPFH

San Marcos ISD’s response to an open records request for SHAC information, Mindfulness, and No Place for Hate applications is posted below –


From: Fernandez, Andrew <andrew.fernandez@smcisd.net>
Sent: Friday, October 6, 2017 10:00 AM
To: Deborah Simmons
Subject: Re: 9/21/2017 – San Marcos Open Records Request

Ms. Simmons,

We do not participate in “No Place for Hate.”

Mindfulness is provided by a company called PureEdge. We do not have documentation. We provide Professional Learning through PureEdge. There is not a curriculum just digital resources.

Thank you.

SMCISDLogoRGB_PNG.png
ANDREW FERNANDEZ

Executive Director of Communications,
San Marcos CISD

p:
512-393-6768

f:
512-393-6787

e:
Andrew.Fernandez@smcisd.net

On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 9:22 AM, Deborah Simmons <debbietxag@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hello,

When will I receive responses for the following part of my request below?

Mindfulness. Please provide documentation on Mindfulness.

No Place for Hate. Please provide copies of No Place for Hate applications from every campus.

Thank you,

Deborah Simmons

From: Fernandez, Andrew <andrew.fernandez@smcisd.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:28 PM
To: Deborah Simmons
Subject: Re: 9/21/2017 – San Marcos Open Records Request

Ms. Simmons,

Below is the information you requested:

Minutes are posted to the SMCISD Website. The minutes pertaining to Sex Education and recommendations to the Board occurred in 2008 and are no longer available.

Here is the link to the information: https://www.smcisd.net/Page/1001

SHAC DATES 2017-2018

September 20, 2017, 12 pm at SM High School Library

November 15, 2017, 12 pm at SMHS Library

January 24, 2018, 12 pm at SMHS Library

April 18, 2018, 12 pm at SMHS Library

*Other special called meetings or subcommittee’s maybe scheduled

Thank you.

Andrew Fernandez
Executive Dir. of Communications & Community Relations, San Marcos CISD
501 South LBJ Dr. San Marcos, TX 78666
Andrew.Fernandez@smcisd.net
http://www.smcisd.net

On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 9:09 AM, Deborah Simmons <debbietxag@hotmail.com> wrote:

Dear Officer for Public Records,

This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information for School Years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018:

School Health Advisory Council. Please provide SHAC By Laws. Please provide any SHAC documentation, including but not limited to Minutes, on Human Sexuality Instruction and recommendations to the Board on Human Sexuality Instruction. Please provide SHAC Meeting dates.

Mindfulness. Please provide documentation on Mindfulness.

No Place for Hate. Please provide copies of No Place for Hate applications from every campus.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act. Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.

Deborah Simmons

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20170821 – San Marcos ISD Board of Trustees Meeting

At the August 21, 2017 San Marcos ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, Trustee Miguel Arredondo made a motion (seconded by Trustee Anne Halsey) to approve a list of proposed SHAC members.  The Trustee changed the list that had been previously received by the Trustees by striking Naomi Narvaiz’s name and adding additional names.  Trustee John McGlothlin challenged the fact that there seemed to be two process to get on the list 1) application process through the district and 2) email Miguel.  He also pointed out that Trustee Miguel had done “selective adjustments to take people off.”

Watch the video here –

What process does your school district use to appoint members to the School Health Advisory Council in your district?  San Marcos ISD taxpayers and parents should challenge the Trustees on the inconsistent process that is being pursued at the Board of Trustees.  According to the Trustee profiles, Trustee McGlothlin and Trustee Halsey are up for reelection in 2018.

This past election cycle, we outlined good questions for your Trustees in election here – https://takebacktheshac.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/2017-texas-school-board-trustee-elections/  Hold your Trustees accountable by first and foremost VOTING!

#takebacktheSHAC


UPDATED: 10/7/2017

Full Length Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATZ5Kd-b_1E

Minutes from the Meeting – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzIuq_ICOqGAbmNoU2xtdHNXdlU/view

Excerpt from the Minutes –

“B. Consider Approval of Student Health Advisory Committee Members MOTION: Miguel Arredondo made a motion to approve SHAC committee members: Marty Nelson, Jennifer Vogel, Lisa Mazur, Hannah Dray, Deborah Gauntlett, Dr. Sue Ann Harrison, Lindsey Martinez, Carol Peters, Britney Cross, Jemm Corona-Morris, Arlene Mendoza, Mark DeLeon, Erica Lynn Perez, Samantha Armbruster, Karen Munoz, Dr. Elanor Close, Dr. Billy Stokes, Lisa Prewitt, Gabrielle Moore, Dr. Mari Salmi, Michael Lien, and Megan Osbourne, (omitting Naomi Narvaiz) Motion seconded by Anne Halsey. A vote was taken and failed 3-3 due to a lack of majority with Miguel Arredodo, Anne Halsey, and Clem Cantu voting in favor, John McGlothlin, Margie Villapando, and Kathy Hansen voting against, and Lupe Costilla absent.

MOTION: Motion made by Miguel Arredondo and seconded by Anne Halsey to Postpone Appointment of SHAC Committee Members until September board meeting and to reopen application process until September 8th. A vote was taken and passed 4-2 with Trustees John McGlothlin and Kathy Hansen voting against the motion.”

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San Marcos Consolidated ISD Human Sexuality Instruction 2016-2017

According to the San Marcos Consolidated ISD SHAC Website, the SHAC had set the following Proposed Goals and areas of interest for 2016-2017:

  1. Increase and improve the partnerships in community health.
  2. Management/leadership positions of the school district and individual campuses be in required attendance for the meeting.  The development and involvement of PTO/PTA Healthy Lifestyle Chair in the SHAC.
  3.  A full time District Health Coordinator.
  4. Focus for the 2016-2017 SHAC:
    1. Suicide Awareness and Prevention,
    2. Bullying including in social media
    3. Human Development- training and implementation of the sex education of the district.

San Marcos Cons ISD provided information on the Human Sexuality Instruction and Counseling/Guidance in a response to an open records request in May 2017.  According to the response, Big Decisions (4th Edition) was taught in High School Advisory classes this year and will be taught in Biology next year.  Draw the Line/Respect the Line is taught on Middle School campuses in science classes with parent denial option.

The only SHAC minutes posted at this date are from April 2016 and show discussion regarding “funding for training for Big Decisions and participation in the study on Big Decisions.”


The following document is a redacted version of what was provided.


“Dear Officer for Public Records,

This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information:

Human Sexuality Instruction.  Please provide scope and sequence for Human Sexuality Instruction in the district and parental notification forms.

Counseling/Guidance Programs.  Please provide summary level of the content of each counseling and guidance program used in the school district including but not limited to Welcoming Schools, Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me, Trevor Romain, anti-bullying programs, and character education.  Please include schools and grades implementing each program and scope and sequence.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act.  Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.”