TEA substantiates only one allegation in their investigation

In a preliminary report, the School Governance Division of the Texas Education Agency found only three minor instances in their investigation of the Comal Independent School District substantiating an allegation where a trustee acted outside their role as a member of the school board.

In a letter addressed to the members of the CISD School Board and to Superintendent Nancy Fuller, Ronald Rowell, senior director of the School Governance Division stated that the investigative team reviewed all allegations, but only addressed the allegations within the jurisdiction of TEA.

The allegation where a board member may have impeded the administration of CISD by requesting information was cleared, and TEA recommended that the board may want to review their local policy and possibly revise the policy so long that it remains within the legal parameters of the law.

However, TEA found the allegation where a board member, as an individual is involved in the school district operations to be substantiated, citing three specific instances in their report:

· a phone call to BexarMet Water District Office regarding the water supply to high school campuses in September 2004;

· a statement to the parent to inform a trustee of problems regarding the special education program in the fall of 2004;

· and a statement to a district employee of information related to the employee's continued employment with the district in October 2004.

The investigation came as a result of two letters which where sent to TEA by two CISD school board trustees as to whether or not a board member was acting within the scope of their duties as a board trustee.

The investigation is also the catalyst that embarrassed and prompted superintendent Nancy Fuller to retire from her post.

TEA will address the school board at their regularly scheduled meeting on March 30 at Rebecca Creek Elementary.

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