Harlandale trustees voted Monday to start a superintendent search process for Superintendent Rey Madrigal’s permanent replacement.
Former Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal will be paid for accrued leave after he reached an agreement with the school board to resign.
A trustee and a lawyer for the school district suggested obtaining the agreement with Rey Madrigal under the Texas Public Information Act.
The Harlandale board voted to terminate Superintendent Rey Madrigal and appeal TEA’s sanctions over governance and procurement practices.
The Texas Education Agency told Harlandale ISD on Tuesday it would appoint a board of managers, a new superintendent, and a conservator.
The TEA delivered a final report to Harlandale ISD on Friday, recommending the state install a board of managers, conservator, and lower the district’s accreditation status.
The district extends Rey Madrigal’s contract through 2021 in the wake of a preliminary state report that accuses him of violating the Texas Education Code.
The report recommends TEA lower the accreditation of Harlandale ISD, install a conservator to help oversee the district’s governance, and appoint a board of managers in place of the elected board of trustees.
The Texas Education Agency began looking into complaints of nepotism, conflicts of interest, contract procurement, and poor governance last year.
Some school districts are eliminating positions, altering salaries and benefits, and even dipping into their fund balances to make significant budget cuts.