Manor ISD, superintendent sign separation agreement


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 7:01 PM

MANOR, Texas -- It was quiet at the Manor Independent School District administration building on Wednesday -- a stark contrast to Tuesday night, when parents stood outside the board meeting with signs, rallying support for superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer.

"Our school is just excelling. There's just so many positive things that this gentleman has done that, his only thing that was wrong [was that] he accidentally upset the board president," said former Manor mayor Jeff Turner.

The Board of Trustees called a special meeting Tuesday to take action on Brackmeyer's contract and appoint a temporary manager. Teachers wearing "We support Kevin" shirts and a packed room gave Brackmeyer a standing ovation as the board went into closed session.

Three and a half hours later, Brackmeyer announced his voluntary resignation.

"The community is totally outraged at the way it went down," said Manor ISD parent Monique Celedon. "We asked for answers last night, when [KVUE News] stepped out.  We asked if we could speak up or anything, and the president outright told us, 'No, absolutely not.'"

On Wednesday, students at Manor High School planned a walk-out during lunch to express their disapproval.

KVUE News reached out to administrators, staff and the board of Manor ISD, but no one wanted to speak on camera.

KVUE did obtain the voluntary separation agreement between Brackmeyer and the district. It states his last day is Aug. 31, 2014, but it also says that he is on a board-approved leave of absence from Jan. 29, 2014 until Aug. 31, 2014.

Brackmeyer was required to turn in all of his district-issued items and to clean out his office by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Per the agreement, Brackmeyer will receive his full pay during the leave, an additional $48,215.25 and an annuity. The agreement also bans him from applying for or accepting any position at Manor ISD for three years. Both parties agreed not to sue one another, and Brackmeyer has to cooperate with the district in any future litigation.

The board president had to write Brackmeyer a letter of recommendation as part of the deal. 

Still, people in Manor say they are left with more questions than answers.

"In a situation like this, when your leader is kind of dismissed, so to speak, and you don't know why, you can't help but to question or wonder what the issue was," said Manor ISD boys athletic director Sadd Jackson.

"If we were given answers as to why this was even being considered, then everybody could think differently, but it seems more like it is a personal agenda," said Manor ISD parent Anna Horn.

Manor ISD named Brackmeyer superintendent in January 2013. He served as interim superintendent for just under seven months prior to his appointment. Brackmeyer started in the district as Manor High School principal in 2009, after working for Austin ISD as an executive principal. His superintendent contract was set to expire in December 2015.

In the meantime, Steven Zipkes, principal of Manor New Tech High School, will be the temporary manager for the district.