Vidal M. Trevino Students experience Webb County Commissioners at work

Published: May. 8, 2023 at 5:44 PM CDT
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WEBB COUNTY, TX (KGNS) - In an effort to teach the younger generation a thing or two about politics, Webb County Commissioners moved their scheduled meeting out of the historic building and into a Laredo school.

Webb County and the City of Laredo are two different entities.

While the two-work side by side on many projects, that’s not always the case during the decision making process.

On Monday, LISD students filled the auditorium at the Vidal M. Trevino Magnet School to learn more about what it takes to run the county.

Nixon High School Student Marcus Narabal said it was an interesting experience.

“It was a great opportunity for us students to experience this decision making by the committee, we’ve got an inside look on how it works and it’s very interesting,” said Narabal.

For the second time this year, the commissioners court meeting was moved from their historical Houston building to an auditorium at east Lyon Street.

Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina said it’s important for the younger generation to have this opportunity to see the county at work.

“And a lot of people especially and even with coach and ties from different places today, they still don’t know between county government and city government, I get phone calls and even your taxes. So it’s important that you learn what your county government is,” said Judge Tano Tijerina.

One of the topics that was discussed was the possibility of a new Webb County Fire Department long with some new health services.

The county hopes that they can get a chance to visit more schools at both school districts in the near feature.

Marcus hopes that other students can take part in the presentation.

“It’s very important that students would see this committee meeting because I would like to students to be aware of what is happening in Webb County and what is being built and what is being done, what is being implemented,” said Narabal.

The commissioner’s court in schools program had been annual event-- but was interrupted because of the pandemic.

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