DESOTO, Texas—One day after the DeSoto ISD board decided to cut ties with its superintendent, The 33 News was the first station to interview the board president about the decision.
With a 3-2 vote Monday, the DeSoto ISD board decided Kathy Augustine would not be their superintendent anymore.
“It was time to act, it was time to lead, and that’s exactly what we did,” said DeSoto ISD board president Warren Seay, Jr.
Seay, 22, was just 20 when he was voted onto the board, becoming the youngest elected public official in Dallas County history. He was one of those who supported the hire of Augustine.
“At the time when we made the decision, given the information that we had, we were very comfortable with her as our leader,” Seay told The 33 News.
The board hired Augustine despite knowing her former school district, the Atlanta Public Schools in Georgia, was under investigation for a cheating scandal.
Then a report was released by the state of Georgia stating Augustine, “Either knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in schools.”
“After seeing the investigative report in Georgia, we had to make a decision for DeSoto. And so, this has nothing to do with what’s going on there. This is a decision about the direction of DeSoto,” he said.
The board did not make that decision two weeks earlier, when only four board members were present. But Monday night, only five were in attendance out of seven and a vote was taken. Seay said it was for a good reason.
“On August 22nd, we don’t have time to wait. We’re going to have 9,400 students that enter our school system and we have a very capable acting superintendent in Levatta Levels, and we’re going to be ready,” said Seay.