Manor school district to wait on TEA investigations before acting on superintendent contract

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Manor school board members have postponed a vote on whether to discipline Superintendent Royce Avery after officials with the Texas Education Agency arrived to begin their investigation of the district, the Austin American-Statesman reported. 

The district’s fine arts director has alleged that Avery falsely accused him of sexual misconduct, while a school administrator alleged that the superintendent asked him to change expenditure data so it would look better to the board, the newspaper reported.

The Statesman noted that the board has discussed Avery’s performance during at least 10 board meetings since March. The board voted 4-3 last month to have Avery continue as superintendent through next June after he was defended by some district officials and the TEA planned its own investigation.

“I’d just like to thank the community for being patient with the board,” trustee Monique Celedon said at the Monday meeting. “There are several investigations going on through TEA, and I can only speak for myself when I say, guys, be patient.”

Board member Matildy “Sam” Samaripa Jr. agreed it was prudent to wait until TEA’s investigation is complete, the Statesman reported.

Mayor Rita Jonse expressed her displeasure at the board, saying the members need to come to a resolution on Avery’s contract. 

“Dragging it on for months accomplishes nothing,” she said. 

The TEA told the district on Aug. 14 that its special investigative unit is reviewing claims that the school board violated the Texas Open Meetings Act and that the board president unilaterally approved expenses. TEA also asked district officials to submit documents that include the grievances against Avery.

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