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Search on for interim Floresville ISD superintendent
Floresville Independent School District trustees (from left) Bill Meuth, Freddy Carrillo, John Raabe, Ryan Bippert, Neysa Choate, Rachel Peña, and Doug Shoemaker reconvene in open session June 26 after spending nearly three hours in a closed session meeting.
FLORESVILLE -- The search is under way for an interim superintendent to preside over the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) after Dr. Jerry Lee Hunkapiller tendered his resignation effective June 26. This was one of the actions taken by the district’s board of trustees following a nearly three-hour-long closed session meeting.
The Wilson County News received a copy of Hunkapiller’s resignation letter as a result of an open records request. In the letter, dated June 26, which he addressed to all seven school board members, Hunkapiller wrote, “There will never be enough words to express to you how much each of you have meant to me and my family. Floresville is a very special place.”
Until the district completes its process of hiring an interim superintendent from the outside, Assistant Superintendent Sherri Bays will serve in that capacity.
Hunkapiller’s resignation comes on the heels of controversy involving an April 19 party with employees of the district’s former transportation vendor. Photographs shown as part of a KSAT-12 TV news story depict Hunkapiller being present at a party, which included a piñata containing feminine products, condoms, and other items of a sexual nature.
Allegations then surfaced that a board member made an angry, profane telephone call to Chuck Sawers -- husband of Floresville ISD employee Cindy Sawers -- suggesting that his wife should stop inquiring about what she saw in the news story.
Also during the June 17 meeting, complaints arose about a high number of senior staff resigning from the district over the past year. Bays said following the June 26 meeting that with the exception of employees who resigned after grant funds dried up for Floresville ISD’s CHOICES program, that there was no increase in the rate of resignations.
Bays also said that she definitely is considering applying for the district’s top post when the search begins for a permanent superintendent. The longtime Floresville ISD employee said, “My husband and I love this community. I don’t want to go anywhere else.”
In attendance: Board members Bill Meuth, Freddy Carrillo, John Raabe, Ryan Bippert, Neysa Choate, Rachel Peña, and Doug Shoemaker; Assistant Superintendent Sherri Bays, Human Resources Director Jacquelyn Baker, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Mike McSwain, and attorney Paige Kyle of Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Treviño.
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