LA VERNIA, Texas – La Vernia Independent School District's superintendent was placed on leave last year and reinstated less than three weeks later despite a string of allegations of inappropriate behavior at work, records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.
Dr. Trent Lovette, hired by the district in early 2018, was placed on leave last November and then brought back to his position in early December following an investigation by the district.
Over the past nine months, district officials have refused to discuss the investigation publicly or to release any records related to it.
However, a letter from the Texas Attorney General's Office released to the Defenders Thursday afternoon by the district's law firm confirms that Lovette was given a written reprimand as part of the investigation.
The AG ruled that the district could withhold a copy of the written reprimand as well as other records related to its probe of Lovette late last year.
However, a source associated with the investigation provided the Defenders details of the alleged incidents as well as the names of the eight district employees who either witnessed Lovette's actions, were the target of his actions or complained about his actions.
At least one of the employees has since left the district.
A written timeline of incidents leaked to the Defenders outlined the following allegations against Lovette: