Georgia Investigation Has New DeSoto Superintendent Under Suspicion

DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – She won’t officially start work until next week but the new DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent is already under a cloud of suspicion.

New hire Dr. Kathy Augustine comes to DeSoto from the Atlanta, Georgia school system.

Earlier this week the Georgia Governor’s office issued a report naming Augustine as one of the school administrators suspected of giving investigators false information in their probe of massive test cheating.

DeSoto school board trustee Sandra Wheeler, who voted against hiring Augustine back in May, says the district has no business hiring anyone who is under suspicion.

“You can’t even be a police officer, you can’t be a firefighter, you can’t even be teacher and go and get a job when you’re under investigation,” said Wheeler. “So tell me why our kids don’t deserve the same thing?”

Allegations of cheating surfaced in 2010 when suspicious erasures on standardized tests, at two-thirds of Atlanta’s public elementary and middle schools, became public.

Dr. Augustine informed DeSoto Board Trustees of the ongoing investigation during her job interview, but Wheeler says the information released since then has her very concerned. “The governor’s report that actually points the finger at her and discusses what she did and didn’t do – that’s what’s new,” she said. “Before they were all merely accusations, they were speculations.”

On July 6, through her attorneys, Dr. Augustine issued a statement that said, in part, “Nothing in my experience ever prepared me for the possibility that professional educators would ever act this way and cheat students. I assure you that I was neither involved in nor aware of that kind of behavior. I care too much about children and their education to falsify, misrepresent, omit or erroneously report information.

Dr. Augustine, who served as associate superintendent of instruction for the Atlanta Public Schools, was hired to head the DeSoto ISD for $188,000 a year. Her first day on the job will be July 11.


One Comment

  1. Mikeg says:

    Just another thief from her criminal culture, Atlanta is full of them just like Dallas.

  2. Hemroidious says:

    Whats the problem? Maybe she can get Desoto ISD grades up too. They need all the help they can get.

    1. FranklySpeaking says:

      That was obviously a sarcastic comment because I lol’d

    2. Nonya says:

      ROFLMAO. Maybe so.

  3. Bill M says:

    Ahh yes, the sgt. Schultz defense. I know nothing.

  4. Fuzzlenutter says:

    She was either in on it or dumb as a stump. Either way, she should be kicked to the curb…

  5. JS says:

    Read this article on how she dealt with this in Atlanta…

  6. JS says:

    Another good article that give info on how K. Augustine dealt with issue in Atlanta :

  7. RM says:

    Desoto Residents. One of three scenarios happened here. Either she knew about the scandal and participated directly, OR, she knew about the scandal and turned a blind eye, OR she was totally oblivious to the whole scandal that apparently everyone else in the district WAS aware. Regardless, is this someone you want at the helm of the school district for your children? Your call

  8. aida morales says:

    Desoto District is very known for hiring corrupts. Desoto High School had a corrupt principal in the past who wanted to give A’s and B’s to students even they did not go into their classrooms, he could not even control his school, students did whatever they pleased, walked with their pants down showing all their underwear and make us teachers tell students to pull their pants up every minute. The principal stood by the front door every morning and students went by him with their pants up and when they passed principal they pulled their pants down again. When principal was confronted about this he retaliated against the teachers that went against him. Finally when these teachers went to accuse him to the superintendent, superintendent protected this principal saying principal was new and he was trying hard. At the end of the year many teachers new and old quit their jobs due to the chaos this principal did to the Highschool The superintendent kept this principal one more year and then he was relocated to another school in Houston. I feel sorry for school he went to.

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