DeSoto ISD Debating What To Do With Superintendent

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.


One Comment

  1. Hemroidious says:

    She is hope and change.

  2. HooDatIS? says:

    she is a loser let her go
    pull her out of that office by her hair
    oops she bald headed
    well never mind

  3. Email Seay says:

    Has DeSoto ISD lost their mind?

    Citizens, this was a woman who, when it was confirmed that the odds of those “miracle gains” being legitimate were less than ONE in one BILLION said the following:

    “We see no need to investigate, we expect outliers every year”

    Yes citizens she really said that?

    Wheeler gets it. Email Seay and ask him how he could support a person who said “…we expect outliers every year” AFTER she was told the odds of cheating NOT occurring were less than one in a BILLION

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. Marie says:

    I am very dissapointed in the school boards conduct and lack of competence, we the Desoto tax payers are paying for the bad decisions, and slow movement in regards to this situation – there is definitely a potential lawsuit, not to mention the embarassment of NOT doing your homework.

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