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Fort Worth ISD Loses Another Top Official, More Resignations Coming

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Two days after Fort Worth’s superintendent offered his resignation, another of the district’s top officials has stepped down.

Deputy Superintendent of Business, Finance, and Operations, Hank Johnson has announced his intention to retire.  His last day on the job will be August 31.

“The decision to move to the next stage of my life was decided in early April,” said Johnson in a news release provided by the district. “With the change in district leadership I thought it prudent to announce my intentions now.”

Johnson was promoted to his current position in 2011, after joining the district in 2009 as Chief Finance Officer.  He was responsible for all financial matters, transportation, child nutrition, staffing and maintenance and facility operations.

Sources say Johnson’s decision to retire comes after Tuesday night’s bitter disagreement over the budget.  Johnson’s presentation to the board was met with criticism from one long-standing board member.

“This comment is directed to you,” said FWISD School Board Trustee Judy Needham to Johnson at the meeting. “I’ve been here 18 years, and the timing of this budget is aberration.”

“It is a total joke to go from 192 million fund balance to 54 million in 3, 4 years and it’s irresponsible,” Johnson continued.

“So we are going to be forced to close some schools or do something to tighten our belts and get rid of a bunch of teachers and I’m unwilling to do that. Now I’m going to go home because I don’t have any questions and I don’t have the information I asked you for last night,” said Needham before she walked out of the meeting.

Neither Needham or Johnson returned calls to CBS 11 on Wednesday.

Sources tell CBS 11 more resignations are expected in the wake of FWISD Superintendent Walter Dansby’s sudden resignation on Monday’s board meeting. School trustees accepted it by a vote of 6 to 3.

Yesterday, CBS 11 obtained the separation agreement for Dansby, which indicates he will be paid nearly a million dollars until his official retirement.

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