Seguin ISD approves separation agreement, resignation from school superintendent
Posted on 2/28/2017 1:21:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees has approved a separation agreement with Superintendent Stetson Roane. Roane will resign as the district's top administrator.
The decision came after nearly three and a half hours behind closed doors. It also followed a 5 to 2 vote in favor of the separation agreement. Making the motion was Trustee Ben Amador. It was seconded by Trustee John Holt. Voting against the agreement were Trustees Carl Jenkins and Elaina Reihl. Those voting for the agreement were Holt, Amador, and Trustees Ishmael Flores, Cinde Jimenez and Barbara Effenberger.
 
Sean Hoffmann, Seguin ISD public information officer, says details of the separation agreement and the terms behind the resignation are not being released to the public at this time.
 
He says many of those details won't be reported until the paperwork is all signed.
 
"Trustees voted to approve and accept a consensus separation agreement with Superintendent Roane. The details will not be released at this time pending legal counsel on both sides securing signatures for the agreement and once those signatures are acquired, that document will be available upon public request as so long as we make sure that we've got information that can and can not be released from that document," said Hoffmann.
 
Seguin Radio KWED caught up with six of the seven trustees for comment. KWED was unable to reach Trustee Ben Amador following last night's vote.
 
Jenkins says although he voted against the separation, he felt his vote in no way supported Roane. Jenkins says he just didn't like what was on the table.
 
"I support the action of the board. I may not have voted in favor of it but I do support the action of the board and I think the end result was okay and I support the action of the board. Sometimes, you have to make a stand in what you believe in," said Jenkins.
 
Like Jenkins, Reihl says she also couldn't support everything that was being proposed.
"I agreed to the resignation part and we all want our district to move forward and get the focus back on our students and teachers," said Reihl.
 
As board president, Flores says tonight's action is just another step toward moving forward.
"The district has been going through some trying times and so has this community so the focus is to move forward and get this district going in the right direction. We've been going in the right direction. Good things have been happening. We can not forget about that so we need to move forward with the actions that were taken. There will be more to come with more information, obviously, from counsel as they arise," said Flores.
 
Following the last few weeks, Holt says he is more than confident that trustees are ready to put this behind them.
 
"We as a board are all ready to move forward and to move on and any further information will have to be given by the public information officer but we are ready as a board to move forward," said Holt.
 
Effenberger says the school board can now resume with what is important.
 
"I feel that the decision has left us an opportunity to move forward and go ahead with our vision statements and keep working for our children," said Effenberger.
 
Jimenez realizes the stress over the last few weeks and says it's finally a relief to have an agreement.
 
"For me personally as an experience, I have found that being a trustee is a very lonely job because when things come up that are confidential, you absolutely can't talk to anybody and you internalize a lot and I'm just very happy that we've come to an agreement. We can put all of this behind us. I do want the people of the Seguin ISD -- the teachers, the administrators, the students, the parents, the community overall -- just want them to know how much we value the school district and we want to move forward and do just really great and wonderful things. We have very talented staff, wonderful and amazing students and we think we can just move forward in a positive direction and just put all of this behind us -- all of the anxiety and look toward the future," said Jimenez.
 
Hoffmann says with the agreement now on its way to being signed by both parties, the district's next step will come next week.
 
"The board of trustees plan to post a special meeting for next week. They plan on posting that meeting Feb. 28th with an agenda item that will include a search for an interim superintendent," said Hoffmann.
 
Roane was initially placed on administrative leave with pay in late January after a complaint surfaced and was investigated by the school district's legal counsel. Last week, the board voted to not reinstate Roane as the superintendent.
 
Again details of that complaint have not been released due to the issue being a personnel matter. Several members of the community who supported Roane and those who opted for change were in attendance last night. Most stayed the three and a half hours to witness the board's ultimate action.


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