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Section A: General News


FISD super, board president under fire


FISD super, board president under fire
Floresville Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller and Assistant Superintendent Sherri Bays listen to concerns raised by audience members during the June 17 board of trustees meeting.


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Wilson County News
June 26, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- To some residents who attended the June 17 meeting of the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees, a June 3 TV news story maligning Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller and the district’s former bus-service vendor, Student Transportation Specialists (STS), is just one problem within the district.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, three citizens addressed the board about their concerns. The first, Chuck Sawers -- whose wife, Cindy, is a Floresville ISD employee -- hurled allegations of unethical behavior by Hunkapiller and the board. Sawers said he received an angry, profane telephone call from a board member. The caller advised Sawers that his wife should “quit running her mouth,” referring to questions she had about accusations raised in the news report that aired on KSAT-12.

Sawers also alleged the call might have been an act of intimidation, because he has publicly acknowledged that he is considering a run for the board in November.

Jim Kotowski alleged that an unfavorable pattern was developing as it related to the district’s personnel, as Floresville ISD has had a 65- percent turnover rate among its senior staff. He also said that board President Ryan Bippert was ejected from an away baseball game in April after allegedly heckling an umpire.

Kotowski said the push by Hunkapiller’s predecessor, Dr. David Vinson, to create a “community of character” is unraveling. He challenged the board to terminate Hunkapiller.

“Your actions tonight and what you decide to do is going to decide how this school district runs next year,” Kotowski said.

Resident Carl Lyssy questioned the recent hiring of a special education director, alleging that Floresville ISD selected the least qualified of three candidates, then reposted the position in June with added qualifications.

Consultation with its attorney over the news story was one of four items the board tackled during an almost three-hour-long closed session. When the board reconvened, it voted unanimously to “authorize the board president and legal counsel to proceed as discussed in closed session.”

Hunkapiller revealed on June 21, during a telephone interview with the Wilson County News, his intention to resign. See article, page 1A.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to authorize the issuance of maintenance tax notes, which will allow Floresville ISD to refinance leases on school buses and laptop computers. With regard to the school buses, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain said the district will be able to shave three years and $122,000 off the lease.

With the teachers’ laptop computers, he said the district will save $25,000 on a four-year lease. Floresville ISD will spend a total of $10,000 to issue the notes, which accounts for the money it will save, McSwain said.

The board also voted, due to nearing capacity in some of its buildings, to limit student transfers to existing students and the children of district employees who reside outside the district. Otherwise, the district will not be accepting out-of-district transfers for the 2013-14 school year.

In attendance: Board members Freddy Carrillo, Bill Meuth, John Raabe, Ryan Bippert, Rachel Peña, and Doug Shoemaker; Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller, Assistant Superintendent Sherri Bays, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain, Superintendent’s Secretary Kim Cathey, Floresville High School Principal Sandra Galinzoga, Floresville Middle School Principal Sara Mann, and attorney Paige Kyle of Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Treviño.

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Alvin Charmaine  
June 29, 2013 5:59pm
 
Yall were warned about Hunk, you chose to be silent when it was time to act. You had all the info you needed to stop his hiring during the waiting period before his selection was official. You were given the info and you ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
June 28, 2013 4:40pm
 
All political entities suffer the pitfalls of cronyism. This is sometimes magnified in smaller communities. Especially as the older establishment power brokers and their offspring are challenged by newcomers to the community. ... More ›

 
Fed Up With Arrogance  
Sin City  
June 28, 2013 2:42pm
 
If the community only knew what all went on. That is why we all laughed at the "We are a community of Character" slogan. Yeah, right!!!

 
Xavier bernal  
San Antonio, Tx  
June 28, 2013 2:21pm
 
Maybe that is why most of our sports teams are horrible. Coaches who aren't of strong character and morals, may play the school board members kids and others with influence on thier careers before better athletes. Just saying

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
June 28, 2013 1:01pm
 
Brite Eyes, we are not haters, we are just telling it like it is. It is very obvious that every campus has their favorites. There is a double standard of treatment among administrators, teachers, and students. More employees ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
June 28, 2013 12:06pm
 
Mr. Tibbs, You are absolutely correct! There should not be any of that, but unfortunately there is in rural school districts. I think we need to fight for NO school board member shall have a spouse as an employee of the district. ... More ›

 
brite eyes  
flotown  
June 28, 2013 11:51am
 
There sure are a lot of haters on this link.

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
June 28, 2013 11:36am
 
With all due respect Mrs Sawers, just the fact that Mrs. Bays is such good friends with the people she works with should preclude her from being the superintendent. It is most difficult to supervise folks who are your "sisters", ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
June 28, 2013 11:27am
 
Your right Mrs. Sawers, you don't have to hide behind another name. Let's see you just told everyone that your family, Bays family, and Bippert family are the best of best friends. So why would you have to face retaliation? ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
June 28, 2013 10:08am
 
It's becoming obvious that not enough old school good old boys and girls have left yet! Election time is coming and it's time to give Bippert and Raabe the boot, It's obvious the current school board has failed miserably!

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