SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Education Agency is taking over leadership of the Edgewood Independent School District.
The TEA notified the district that, as the result of an investigation, the agency will appoint a board of managers to lead the district. A TEA-appointed conservator and superintendent will also be appointed.
The TEA investigation revealed a “systemic breakdown” of the school board, citing how the six-member board was continually deadlocked in 3-3 votes and left unable to make decisions.
A seventh board member and the district superintendent stepped down last year.
The current board president, vice president and secretary resigned on Feb. 19, alleging that the board was ineffective and unable to take action.
Two of the board members claimed they had been the victims of threats and vandalism as a result of their efforts to clean up problems within the district.
But the three board members withdrew their resignations last week, saying they hoped the move would encourage the TEA to investigate further.
The TEA has also announced the accreditation status of Edgewood ISD will be lowered to “accredited-warned,” which could lead to the probation or revocation of the district’s accreditation altogether.
Sharon Doughty has been named the district conservator.
Doughty is a former superintendent of Poteet ISD, assistant superintendent of Southside ISD and recently retired from Port Aransas ISD. (Image courtesy Port Aransas South Jetty)
EISD will have to pay Doughty $85 an hour plus travel expenses.
The TEA has not yet named the board of managers and superintendent to be appointed to EISD.
Following the TEA decision, Edgewood ISD said it will follow the recommendations from the state agency and day-to-day operations within the district will continue as normal.
The district has until Friday to request a review of the TEA’s findings.