Luling ISD board ousts Davis as superintendent

The Gonzales Cannon
Jul 19, 2011

By Dave Mundy/manager@gonzalescannon.com

LULING —The Luling school district’s board of trustees on Monday voted 5-2 to place superintendent David Davis on paid administrative leave pending negotiations to dismiss the remainder of his contract.

The action followed the board’s review of a Texas Education Agency audit and a lengthy three-hour closed session.

The audit was prompted following an official audit complaint filed by a citizen, Mike Conkle, which alleged a number of financial and managerial errors by Davis. As part of its decision Monday, the board directed the district’s legal counsel to file an official response to the TEA investigation.

Board president Shane Watts, along with members Evelyn Hanson, Karen Svoboda, Harold Hoffmeister and Sherri Gibson, voted for Davis’ dismissal. Members Gabriel Ayala and Mark Symms voted against the motion. When the decision was announced, Davis immediately left the Luling ISD Learning and Conference Center, accompanied by athletic director Michael Waldie, and offered no comments.

Board members also offered no comment about the decision, save for a terse statement by Gibson that “Now we can move on in a positive fashion.”

While the results of the TEA audit were not immediately available to the public, Conkle said his complaint centered around the superintendent’s misuse of a district credit card, reimbursement for meals and mileage in excess of district limits, use of district funds to pay expenses of a non-district employee who was later hired by the district, “...and the general lack of accountability for any expenses incurred on his part.”

Conkle has also in the past questioned Davis’ and the district’s motivation in letting some teachers go and replacing them with what he called “unqualified” teachers who knew Davis from other school districts.

The board is scheduled to meet again July 25.

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