AUSTIN -- An assistant principal recently hired by Eanes Independent School District will no longer be receiving a hiring contract according to the school district.
Paul Weil was scheduled to start his job as assistant principal at Westlake High School next month.
He had been under investigation by police last year for sending inappropriate text messages to a student in a Chicago-area school where he was dean. He was not criminally charged, and he resigned from his position at Stevenson High School about 30 miles north of Chicago last year.
“Mr. Paul Weil was clearly the superior candidate," Eanes School District spokeswoman Claudia McWhorter said in a statement to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman Tuesday. "The committee thoroughly vetted the reports and questioned Weil during the interview process, then determined there was nothing that would prevent him from being considered for the position."
However, Wednesday KVUE News news learned the district had reconsidered Weil's hiring.
Paulette Beiter, a parent with several children in the school district, says she received an email from the superintendent Wednesday morning about the decision.
"It was kinda questionable when we got the original, we got an email telling us, 'here is some background history,' and then it was on the news," she said.
In that email to parents notifying them of the hire, Westlake High's principal wrote while serving as dean at a prior school, Weil sent two text messages that were intended as "jokes to students" and that it "was regrettable and a humbling experience." Parents were also made aware that Weil was cleared of wrongdoing and no criminal charges were filed.
Parents were still concerned.
"I do stand by my belief that in any case, professionalism is important in general, but exceedingly important when it involves a vulnerable population such as young people in public schools," one parent told KVUE.
McWhorter explained the district's decision to rescind its job offer to Weil in a statement Wednesday.
"After further consideration and in the best interest of the district, Superintendent Dr. Nola Wellman has announced that Mr. Paul Weil will not be offered a contract for employment with Eanes ISD. The District values the viewpoints, perspectives and input from members of the community and appreciates those who expressed their concerns."
McWhorter told KVUE the district received, "a lot of calls and alot of emails from parents, former parents, within the district, and [the district] also heard at the high school level too."
"As a school district, we want to make sure to preserve that public trust," McWhorter said.