School board won’t fire ad­min­is­tra­tor

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A be­lea­guered West Texas school board has de­cided not to fire a top ad­min­is­tra­tor in the wake of a test­ing scan­dal that has al­ready put the district on pro­ba­tion.

The El Paso School Board with­drew the mo­tion to dis­miss an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent and started the ter­mi­na­tion of an as­sis­tant high school prin­ci­pal.

Last week, the Texas ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sioner named a new board to re­place the trustees. Fed­eral vot­ing rights laws re­quire the new board to first get Jus­tice De­part­ment ap­proval.

Ex-Su­per­in­ten­dent Lorenzo Gar­cia was sen­tenced in Oc­to­ber to more than three years in prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to the scheme. But pun­ish­ment for other ad­min­is­tra­tors linked to the scan­dal has come more slowly.

The Texas Ed­u­ca­tion Agency warned the district it should as­sess harsh pun­ish­ment to those in­volved.

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