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.