Another resident, Rosalee Silva, who was banned from district property by Vranish, said Monday was a turning point for the small community. "We don't need a person like that here. We need positive. We don't need to be in fear or intimidated like I was."

Other residents were also restricted from being on district land because Vranish claimed they were harassing or threatening. The TEA has said the superintendent is not entitled to ban residents from school property.

Escalante said the district is going to start sending letters to every person Vranish banned so they can be welcomed back to the school property.

The board voted to bring back public comment during meetings, which was taken away during Vranish's tenure. Public comment is a time set aside in every meeting that allows residents to speak and address the board on any matter that is not on the agenda.

Tornillo board members also voted to only keep one firm, Baskind & Hosford PC, as legal counsel for the district and terminate agreements with other firms, which included Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan -- a firm that has also worked with El Paso ISD.

Vranish submitted his resignation to the district earlier this year with his last day set for June 28, 2013. The validity of the resignation has come into question.

In a video of the Jan. 31 school board meeting where his resignation was on the agenda, Vranish is seen pulling out a letter and passing it only to the Avila, who was the school board president at the time, and secretary for approval. None of the other board members were shown the letter during the meeting and the resignation was never voted on.

Vranish's attorney confirmed in April that his client's resignation is pending approval from the board, but also acknowledged Vranish has already been paid an amount of money based on resignation terms that are a part of Vranish's contract. Vranish's attorney said in April he did not know how much money his client had already been paid by the district.

A Feb. 4 email allegedly written and sent by Avila said due to Vranish's resignation, "he collected $276,000, which cost the district $414,000 due to a state aid penalty."

Vranish has been Tornillo's superintendent since 2002.