DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) – DeSoto ISD trustees don’t want controversy, but that’s the one thing guaranteed with Kathy Augustine’s hire.
But now, to go forward without her could generate even more controversy over paying her to leave.
School, education and Superintendents weren’t on the top of interest lists during Soccer practice and playground time at DeSoto Public Parks Tuesday evening.
But at least one parent was willing to share view on the DeSoto superintendent controversy. “If she said she had nothing to do with this, they should give her a chance. That’s my belief. If she has nothing to do with scandal give her a chance.”
Desoto’s new superintendent, Dr. Kathy Augustine, remains on paid leave. School Board members are sacked with Augustine’s name attached to a test cheating scandal at her former school district in Atlanta.
Monday night, trustees ended a meeting with answers about Augustine. But Board President Warren Seay now says voluntary exit agreement could be reached.
That means Augustine would be gone, but the district may have to pay a portion of her contract. “There are complicated issues here. We have to assure community through our attorneys that Desoto ISD gets the best outcome. That’s why we’re working a prudent process. It’s the only thing that will get us out of this situation.”
Augustine is currently under contract by the district for $188,000 a year.
The school board held a meeting Monday night, but only four members were present. Board President Seay wants all seven to make this decision regarding Augustine.