South East Bexar County Awareness: Another Special Board Meeting- June 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. for Southside ISD
Special board meeting: Get rid of the Superintendent
Mr. Brewer, board president at Southside ISD, called yet another special board meeting. Mr. Brewer who served on the Southside ISD school board previously, has a history of creating turmoil within the district and was censured for his actions. While he was a member of the Southside ISD school board, his attendance record showed that he attended less meetings than he was present, the same when he served on the ESD6 board and the City South board.
The newly elected board has held two meetings since the election and Mr. Brewer was not in attendance for the second meeting nor the Southside High School graduation; the on-line stream showed.
The meeting held last week was to discuss Dr. Juan Jasso, but in the end the item was a "no action" item. Mr. Brewer has presented the item again for yet another special board meeting.
Should a Superintendent be removed solely to fulfill a campaign promise?
What did this agenda mean?
A. The board would go into a closed meeting where they would discuss his "resignation", plain English: if they can convince him to go on his own and resign.
Placement on Administrative leave, plain English: this could mean just about anything. They could have placed him on leave while they investigated him and try to find something to get rid of him for.
B. Discussion and Consultation for employment of Interim Superintendent.
Plain English: If they have already chosen to get rid of the Superintendent, it was most likely that they already have someone in mind for Interim Superintendent.
The board would return to open session and let the community in attendance know what they have decided to do in terms of the Superintendent.
Given the campaign promises, it would be a shock to the community if Dr. Juan Jasso was allowed to stay on after Thursday's meeting.
Item B, has no action, so it is simply a private discussion as to what steps to take next. If Dr. Juan Jasso was put on Administrative leave. Look for another special or emergency board meeting in the very near future.
Anyone really shocked at the outcome?
The board meeting turned out just as predicted. The "team" voted to suspend the Superintendent, Juan Jasso with pay as per discussed in closed session. Mr. Martinez and Mr. Knapp voted against it.
The supporters for the "team" treated the motion like a touchdown at a football game with cheers and clapping.
Sadly, that such amoral behavior can be celebrated with such gusto. The life of a good man and superintendent who gave so much to the school district and his community could be dismissed because of a campaign promise and personal agenda.
What does this agenda item do to the students?
If agenda item (A) was passed and the school board removed Dr. Juan Jasso from the district, they would be doing a disservice to the students. This board campaigned under so many lies, from "the food service" red-herring to putting fears in people about their jobs. This school board has shown by its actions, that their interests lie in themselves and not for what is best for the students.
My poll currently shows exactly the type of individuals that support these board members and their actions. When you have that many people believing that it is more important to remove someone simply because of a campaign promise at the detriment of the children's education, Southside ISD will have their work cut out for them.