Schools Reopen In Small Texas Town; Water Dispute Continues

MCALLEN (January 16, 2014) Students in the small South Texas town of La Villa returned to classes Thursday after a winter break was extended by three days because of a dispute over a water bill that led to a service cut-off.

All four schools in the La Villa school district reopened Thursday, 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 later Thursday, but in a show of good faith the city restored water and sewer service overnight so classes could resume.

The city says the district owes about $58,000 on its bill because it has refused to pay a higher rate that was set in December 2012.