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Elections for the School Board of the Nosara Elementary School have Not yet Been Held
By emiliana garcia
On Tuesday, March 23rd, the election of the members of the School Board was cancelled for the third consecutive time due to a lack of quorum. 28 parents, out of the 70 to 80 parents that were needed, attended the meeting. For this reason Elias Cardenas, principal of the Escuela Serapio López, suspended the meeting. In response to the complaints on behalf of the parents who did take the time to attend the meeting, Cárdenas mentioned in a brief speech, “it is a shame that more parents did not show up for the meeting”.

The situation at the school is tense since Cárdenas was reported by the current president of the School Board, María Santos Zúñiga, for claims of fraudulent management, forgery of public documents and use of false documents. According to the Board’s attorney, Olmar Alvarado Cervantes, the complaint was filed before the Nicoya Prosecutor’s Office on March 10th. In it, they also requested that the Prosecutor’s Office order the Accountant Investigation section of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) to “thoroughly examine this case since we are referring to a supposed misrepresentation of the accounting books and records from the previous to the current School Board, specifically between 2006 and 2009”.

The next step is for the School Board to request that the Ministerio de Educación Publica draws its own conclusions of this situation because, if parents do not attend meetings, “we must interpret it as a sign that they are not interested in changing or ratifying the members of the School Board,” added Alvarado Cervantes.

What do parents think?
According to María Estebana Hernández Mendoza, a mother who attended the meeting and current president of the school’s Grupo Materno (Mother’s Group), “We need the support of the other parents, this is affecting us greatly! This situation cannot go on.”

For the moment, the next meeting’s date has not yet been established although it was suggested that it should be held at a time in which parents who work until 4 or 5 p.m. may also attend.


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