Seguin ISD to consider interim, superintendent search options
Posted on 3/6/2017 7:20:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees will be turning its attention to the future leadership of the Seguin ISD. Trustees have called a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss their search for an interim superintendent. The two items posted are to be held behind closed doors with no "action taken at this meeting."

Item A states, "Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section § 551.074, deliberate search for Interim Superintendent." Agenda Item B. reads, "Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section § 551.071, consultation with legal counsel regarding Superintendent search options." Item B was reportedly amended later on Friday by the school district. The original item stated "Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section § 551.074, deliberate search for Interim Superintendent.”

The Seguin Daily News and Seguin Radio KWED formally complained about how Item B was originally posted. Darren Dunn, general manager for KWED and the Seguin Daily News says that discussions about the process to be used to hire a new superintendent should be done in open session.

"Discussions about a general class of employee, including the superintendent, when not tied to an actual person -- should be conducted in open session. That section (of the law) is meant to protect 'people," said Dunn. Dunn said exceptions that allow governmental entities to meet in closed session were never intended to give elected officials a place to simply have secret conversations about a very important process, and it certainly wasn't meant to shut the public out of that discussion."  Interviewing superintendent candidates, even interim candidates, would certainly be permissible, but discussing what process to use to hire a superintendent is not," said Dunn.

Dunn says as a member of the press, he is also respectfully requesting that the board this Tuesday conduct all of these types of discussions about the process in open session.

"This would be a colossal mistake on the part of the board, and would be reminiscent of the flawed process taken on the by the school board during the last superintendent search. At that time, the board discussed the process in closed session. Those closed sessions also included the board meeting with, negotiating a contract with, and hiring a consultant all during a closed session with her inside, which was a clear violation of the opening meetings act," said Dunn.

The agenda items come after last week's decision by the board to approve a separation agreement with former Superintendent Stetson Roane. The separation agreement plus his resignation were the results of a complaint filed against him and an investigation led by the school district's legal team.

The special meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Seguin ISD Board Room located inside of Oak Park Mall.

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