DeSoto School Board Abruptly Ends Meeting, Superintendent Remains On Leave

DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – The DeSoto ISD School Board took no action Monday night during a closed door meeting that could have determined the fate of its superintendent, who remains on paid leave.

Board trustees came out of closed session and abruptly ended the meeting without informing those in attendance on the status of embattled superintendent, Dr. Kathy Augustine.

Three of the seven board members did not attend Monday’s meeting. The four who did said they did not want to make a decision without the full board present; despite having enough members for a quorum. The issue was tabled and will be discussed during the next school board meeting on August 8.

Board members quickly rushed out of the meeting, running from reporters and refusing to answer questions. Trustee Sandra Wheeler simply stated, “we have taken no action. That’s all I can tell you.”

Dr. Kathy Augustine served just one day on the job and was placed on paid leave while the school board investigated whether she knew about a cheating scandal that ripped through the Atlanta School District where she previously served as deputy superintendent.

Investigators in Georgia say 178 educators were involved in altering standardized tests so the district could meet state and federal guidelines.

Augustine, who was noticeably absent from Monday’s meeting, has patently denied any knowledge of the cheating. Before the closed door portion of Monday’s meeting, one resident expressed frustration with the board’s decision to place Augustine on leave.

“I don’t see why Dr. Augustine should be held to any different standard,” said DeSoto resident Kim Faticia. “There is no evidence, no evidence that she did anything wrong.”

Other DeSoto residents disagree. They believe that Augustine, as deputy superintendent, had to know something was going on.

DeSoto ISD hired Dr. Augustine last April at a salary of $188,000 a year.

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  1. Big Ed says:

    Don’t worry Kathy. With this indecisive school board in charge, your paychecks will keep coming and you don’t even have to work.

  2. gayden white says:

    ONE QUESTION — Is the DeSota ISD board composed of ignorant people or are they all just stupid? Augustine should immediately be kicked out on her rear as she is a proven CHEATER that should never have another opportunity to “lead” any studemts. By paying her $188,000 to sit on her butt and do nothing, all that you are doing is spending money foolishly (lesson learned from Obama, perhaps?) at the expense of the students and teachers that you are supposed to work for.

  3. sadiedog says:

    how hard is to say ” your fired ” ??

  4. TexasEd says:

    Even if she is guilty of knowing what was happening, the school board has to give her due process. she is not getting $188,000 to site. She gets her daily rate of pay which is far less than what the lawyers will be paid if Dr. Augustine sues. Even if the board is correct to fire her, she can sue the district for not following their own policies for termination. Do not jump to conclusions until something to criticize. I would be happy that the board is making sure it is all done by the book.

  5. TexasEd says:

    Even if she is guilty of knowing what was happening, the school board has to give her due process. she is not getting $188,000 to sit. She gets her daily rate of pay which is far less than what the lawyers will be paid if Dr. Augustine sues. Even if the board is correct to fire her, she can sue the district for not following their own policies for termination. Do not jump to conclusions until there is something to criticize. I would be happy that the board is making sure it is all done by the book.

  6. darrell says:

    the desoto board, comprised mostly of african americans will not fire their new african american superintendant. more likely they will give her a bonus or a raise and an appology for because they had to pretend like they cared.
    sometimes liars, crooks, and corrupt people have to stick together ya know.

  7. Richard says:

    Paid Adminstrative Leave. THat sure sounds like a vacation to me. she should either be working during this time, or suspended, meaning no pay.
    What happened to the 3 members of the ISD who didn’t show up? Why be on the ISD if you are going to be a no-show on an important item such as the Superintendent?

  8. Tax payer says:

    This seems to be a common practice of liberals. Did anyone know that after Police Chief Bolton was fired he ended up getting a job as the Chief of Police in a municipality in George very close to Atlanta? Now there are corruption issues in that county involving that Police Dept.
    Our children of Desoto deserve better and should know why she is not welcome. Do not perpetuate the insanity. She is tainted, fire her!!!!!

  9. Pastor Hassell says:

    As a retires veteran, an Educator and a local Pastor in DeSoto, with two DeSoto HS Graduates and a current child in middle school in DISD, Why did the bord members wast all of our time meeting when they knew before hand that they did not have all of the members present. Keep her or let her go either way there will be some upset folks. But do it now before school starts.

  10. Pastor D.C. Hassell Sr says:

    CORRECTION
    As a retired veteran, an Educator and a local Pastor in DeSoto, with two DeSoto HS Graduates and a current child in middle school in DISD, Why did the board members waste all of our time meeting when they knew before hand that they did not have all of the members present. Keep her or let her go either way there will be some upset folks. But do it now before school starts.

  11. jerry peters says:

    Inside Scoop –

    Harvard degree??? Principals and other administrators who are able to pay to participate in Harvard and other on-line programs are almost always accepted.
    Often district administrators, especially from large districts, pass their university research assigments on as a “special project” to someone in their Reasearch & Evaluation Departments for later use in dissertations.

    Big Joke: Would Augustine have been allowed to attend Harvard as a regular student upon completing high school?

    Don’t be duped! Cheating, stealing & lying are intimately and intricately related.

  12. larry says:

    This woman is accused by the GBI (Georgia top Law Enforcement Agency) of covering-up and making false statements to agents investigating the cheating conspiracy throughout the Atlanta Public School district. Those who surrounded her have taken the 5th!!! Just read about the disgrace brought to the Atlanta Public Schools through being administered by “mob” tactics. Just read about it on line in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In its report Augustine is referenced as the “Godmother.”

    My God, do we really need this stain?

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