Board president Jim Ash made a special effort to thank school attorneys for their work during tonight's meeting. In particular, he gave praise to Heather Castillo.
During superintendent Hector Montenegro's short tenure in Arlington, her office was moved from being adjacent to the superintendent's to a location further from his office. After he was placed on administrative leave Thursday, her office was moved back. She had advised Montenegro several times in recent months that he could not accept honorariums from outside sources that did business with the district.
Ash said Castillo has "given extraordinary amounts of time, energy and devotion to this district during the past six months. Her personal commitment and legal talent are appreciated by this board and I believe by all AISD staff who have the good fortune of working with her."
Castillo, of the Arlington lawfirm Hill Gilstrap, reluctantly stood when he praised her.