MANOR, Texas -- Kevin Brackmeyer, superintendent of the Manor School District, announced his resignation Tuesday night to a large crowd at the Manor ISD Administration Building.
The announcement came as a shock to many parents, staff and community members who were at the meeting to support Brackmeyer.
The Board of Trustees called a special meeting. The agenda included going into closed session followed by action regarding the superintendent contract and appointing a temporary manager for the district, pending appointment of an interim superintendent.
Many Manor parents, teachers and community members say Brackmeyer was being forced out for having a disagreement with the board president.
"He's got integrity, he's got honesty and he's a decent fellow. And he's not going to cave in to a dictatorship. So he went against the board president and she's trying to oust him. It's unfair and it's ugly," said former Manor Mayor Jeff Turner.
Dozens of people held signs and attended the meeting to support Brackmeyer. Teachers wore "We Support Kevin" T-shirts.
After calling the meeting to order, the board and Brackmeyer went into a closed session to talk about litigation, a settlement offer and the attorney. The crowd gave the superintendent a standing ovation as he left the room.
Community members say Brackmeyer has turned the district around.
"Our test scores are on the rise right now. That's a new deal for Manor, Texas and our school is just excelling. There's just so many positive things that this gentleman has done that... his only thing that was wrong, he accidentally upset the board president," added Turner.
During Brackmeyer's leadership, President Obama toured Manor New Tech High School and praised the school and district for being innovative in educating children.
After being in a closed session for three and a half hours, Brackmeyer came out and announced he was "voluntarily resigning." Many people in the crowd started crying and embraced Brackmeyer as he left the room.
The Manor ISD Board of Trustees and Kevin Brackmeyer released the following joint statement:
"Kevin Brackmeyer has announced his resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Manor Independent School District. An agreement has been reached which allows Mr. Brackmeyer the ability to pursue other interests and permits the Board to pursue hiring another Superintendent. The Board and Mr. Brackmeyer have entered into the Agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the District.
On behalf of the entire District, the Board of Trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Mr. Brackmeyer for his commitment while serving as Superintendent of this great school district and its wonderful students, parents and administrators.
Mr. Brackmeyer thanks the present and past Board of Trustees for providing him with the opportunity to serve in the Manor Independent School District. A school district is measured by the commitment of the Board, staff and community to its children and their achievement. This District is indeed so committed. Mr. Brackmeyer would like to express his heartfelt appreciation to the staff and community for their support of the District’s programs and services during his term as Superintendent.
The Board and Mr. Brackmeyer wish to acknowledge and recognize the teachers, principals, administrators, staff, students, parents and patrons who have all contributed to the District’s success.
The Board extends its best wishes to Mr. Brackmeyer in his future endeavors. On its part, the Board will soon begin its search for a new Superintendent as not to disrupt the District’s operations."
Brackmeyer was appointed to interim superintendent in June 2012. He was installed as superintendent in January 2013.