- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The state has appointed two conservators to oversee a South Texas school district mired in a federal public corruption probe that’s ensnared the mayor and the former school board president.

The Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/1epAmhA ) the conservators appointed by the Texas Education Agency will begin work next week at the Progreso school district. They will have broad power over the board and administrators.

Three members of a family have been indicted on corruption charges - Progreso Mayor Omar Vela, his brother ex-board President Michael Vela and their father, Jose Guadalupe Vela Jr., who formerly managed the district’s transportation and maintenance. An architect also has been indicted for allegedly paying bribes to secure contracts for construction projects.

TEA officials are investigating other matters, including allegations that students were helped with standardized tests.

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Information from: The Monitor, https://www.themonitor.com

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