Just as Houston ISD trustees were expected to finalize their choice and name a new superintendent, the Texas Education Agency warned the district Monday (March 25) to call off their search immediately — or else face immediate takeover.
State-appointed conservator Doris Delaney wrote the board that the search is prohibited until the state finishes its investigation into charges that some trustees violated Texas’ Open Meetings Act in privately plotting to remove interim Superintendent Granita Lathan and replace her with retired Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra.
Those findings could potentially result in a state takeover, as could continued poor outcomes this year at chronically underperforming schools.
HISD Trustee Sue Deigaard, who represents West University and Bellaire as District V trustee, was not immediately available for comment.
Trustees were set to conduct final interviews of candidates today and tomorrow at the Greenway Plaza-area office of the law/search firm that has been leading the search, with hopes of naming a new superintendent later this week.
The job has been open since Richard Carranza resigned a year ago to take over New York City’s school system. The board has been working with the state on its very open dysfunction, some along racial lines, with group counseling sessions and training.
Based in part on reporting by ABC-13.