Manor ISD board approves external investigation of two members


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 10:25 AM

MANOR, Texas -- Accusations of misuse of power and misappropriation of district funds are swirling around the Manor ISD school board. Most of them are being thrown at the district board of trustees president Desiree Cornelius-Fisher.

The claims started after Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer abruptly resigned Jan. 28.

Board members have remained silent about the resignation until now. KVUE News spoke with Cornelius-Fisher in her home. 

"The board entered into what's called a non-binding agreement, which ultimately means we can't say anything in regards to how we came to the settlement agreement," Cornelius-Fisher said. "But our goal, and our goal has always been, to have transparency, but we're very limited by what this agreement allows us to say."

At its meeting Monday night, the board approved an external investigation of Cornelius-Fisher and another board member, John Jonse. The investigation could expand to include other board members, if necessary.

"To come out and make those types of allegations, it hurts us. So, we're hoping by having this investigation, this will put our expense reports out there. They're already out there, but this puts them out there in a probably much more formal way," said Cornelius-Fisher.

Cornelius-Fisher said the district law department will likely head the investigation, but that's not sitting to well with some parents.

"My only preference is that it's someone who is independent from the board and independent of the school district. And someone who will be transparent in the process and look at all of the evidence," said Manor ISD parent and attorney Bradley Clark.

At the time this story aired, the board was still in closed session interviewing interim superintendent candidates. Before going into that session, Cornelius-Fisher said she is confident the board will approve the investigation with a 7-0 vote.