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KFDM News learns Judge Floyd is planning to sign order temporarily suspending BISD board
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Jennifer Gordy and Scott Lawrence
KFDM News reported late Monday morning Judge Donald Floyd is preparing to sign an order requested by attorneys Michael Truncale, Michael Getz and others, temporarily suspending the duties of the BISD board on grounds of incompetence and official misconduct, and seeking an early installation of a TEA board of managers. Attorneys who sought the order say after consulting with the TEA, Judge Floyd decided to wait on signing the order until the TEA had a list of names of a board of managers to replace the school board.
TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson tells KFDM News the agency is studying the proposed order and isn't ready to comment.
Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.
The order would prevent Monday night's scheduled meeting during which trustees were scheduled to vote on a reduction in force, a voluntary separation agreement with the superintendent and an appeal of the TEA takeover.
The motion was filed Monday morning in Judge Donald Floyd's court.
The motion lists Pam Shelander and Donna Forgas as plaintiffs.
The filing takes issue with the possibility the board would pay $300,000 to a Houston law firm that's been working on the district's appeal of a state takeover, and with the separation agreement that calls for Dr. Timothy Chargois, the BISD superintendent, to receive nearly $250,000 at a time when the district is facing a $25 million shortfall.
In part, the motion states, "While one would think that the decision by Judge Yelonosky which was issued a mere 10 days ago on June 20, 2014 would convince BISD of the folly of continuing to fight against the TEA mandated takeover by a Board of Managers, the board of trustees have decided to double down with equal measures of arrogance and hubris."
The motion says a vote on a Voluntary Separation Agreement and appeal would run the risk of violating state law because there's no cash available to pay it.