Macareno Not Willing to Resign from Kingsville ISD Board

The Kingsville ISD board member charged with aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child is not willing to resign his position on the school board.

That was the announcement made Thursday at a specially called Kingsville Independent School District board meeting.

The board of trustees met just before lunch to discuss with their legal counsel the school board's options concerning the recent indictment of fellow trustee, 41-year old Rudy Macareno. After meeting and discussing in private, open session resumed and the school board president said no action would be taken at this time, and then she read a press statement.

"Mr. Macareno has been asked whether he will resign, and he has indicated that he is not willing to resign at this time," School Board President Melissa Windham said. "However, the board of trustees will continue to monitor the situation and will schedule additional board meetings as necessary to discuss the situation."

Windham also said that the school board is waiting for additional information from the district attorney regarding the conditions of the bond set for Macareno. She said that, since there is a gag order in place, the school district has been unable to secure additional information.

It is also true that, because of that gag order, Macareno himself and his attorney, Keith Gould, who were both present at the meeting on Thursday, are not able to comment to the media. All media questions were referred to Elizabeth Neally, who is the legal counsel for the school board.

"There's a couple of ways to remove somebody from office," Neally said. "That would be if they failed to reside in the Kingsville ISD residency, if they conducted official misconduct, and we don't have that situation here; so it would be, at this point, we don't see any grounds for removal."

Neally said that if Macareno is convicted, then he would automatically be removed from office. Either that or he would have to resign, which at this time he has indicated he is not willing to do.

So Macareno will remain on the school board for the time being.

It was just Monday when Macareno was booked at the Kleberg County Jail on charges of aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child/sexual contact. He was indicted a week ago. His bond was set at $225,000.


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