Access Education RRISD supporters are preparing to be heard again, at what will be the third school board meeting in a month focused on taking action in response to as yet unsubstantiated personal allegations against Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez. On Jan 6th the school board reluctantly voted to place RRISD’s superintendent on administrative leave. In her statement that evening, Board President Amber Feller said that she was forced to make her vote “without all of the relevant facts” because the TEA repeatedly denied her requests for the information upon which it based its directive to sideline Azaiez. Trustee Weir stated the Board was “told in no uncertain terms” by the TEA that it could “do as we’re told”. The Board that evening also initiated its own investigation into the allegations, at RRISD taxpayer expense, despite duplicative investigations already being carried out by the TEA and law enforcement. Throughout January, our supporters wrote and spoke out against TEA overreach, asked the TEA to provide real Covid supports to schools, and organized to combat the disruptions to our District’s proceedings that are taking control away from our community and focus away from our students.
On Thursday night, February 3rd, Access Education will again be heard as the Board meets in “consideration and consultation with attorney regarding Superintendent’s employment and contract.”
Thursday’s called meeting begins at 5:30pm. The Board will hear public comment on agenda items prior to going into closed session. Sign-up for public comment opens at 2:30pm tomorrow and remains open until 2:30PM on Thursday. The sign-up link will be posted in the agenda. In-person speakers may sign up to address the Board beginning at 4:30pm. Community members can also submit written comments to the board at any time via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.