South Texas Students Return to Classes as Water Dispute Continues
Students in a small South Texas town returned to classes Thursday after their winter break was extended by three days because of a dispute over a water bill.
All four schools in the La Villa school district reopened, welcoming back more than 600 students one day after a state agency refused to intervene, forcing the city and school district back into negotiations.
La Villa municipal leaders met Wednesday, conveying options for a compromise to the school district. The school board was expected to meet and vote on a compromise Thursday. But in a show of good faith the city restored water and sewer service overnight so classes could resume.
The schools’ janitorial staff entered the campuses Wednesday night to flush the systems and ensure they were ready for students.