Progreso school board president resigns in wake of corruption charges


POSTED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 3:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 8:05am

The President of the Progreso ISD board is stepping down from his position in the hopes of being released on bond from charges of corruption.  

 At a detention hearing in federal court Wednesday, Michael Vela, 29, volunteered to step down so the district can continue to operate without distraction.

 A court decision on whether to allow Vela, his brother and his father out of jail will not be made by the court until Thursday afternoon.

 Vela with his father, Jose Vela Jr., 64, and brother, Progreso Mayor Omar Vela, 35, were arrested by federal authorities August 28th on charges of bribery, kickbacks and conspiracy in  the School District and City government.

"(Michael) feels bad for the school district, it's unfortunate the school district is on the front page, because of this and not because of some great achievement," said Ricardo Salinas, attorney for Michael Vela. "So I think he feels the best thing for the kids for the school district is for him to resign... I think the only chance for him to get a bond, based on some of the comments that were made during the hearing is for him to offer in good faith to resign."  

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