TEA installs monitor for Round Rock ISD, citing 2019 complaint against former board president

A Texas Education Agency Monitor has been installed at Round Rock ISD as part of a corrective action plan stemming from a complaint lodged against the board during the 2018-19 school year. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
A Texas Education Agency Monitor has been installed at Round Rock ISD as part of a corrective action plan stemming from a complaint lodged against the board during the 2018-19 school year. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

A Texas Education Agency Monitor has been installed at Round Rock ISD as part of a corrective action plan stemming from a complaint lodged against the board during the 2018-19 school year. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

A Texas Education Agency Monitor has been installed at Round Rock ISD as part of a corrective action plan stemming from a complaint lodged against the board during the 2018-19 school year.

TEA monitors report on the activities of the board of trustees or the superintendent. According to documents made public by the district Sept. 15, a complaint against the district from October 2019 found that previous board president Chad Chadwell did not recuse himself from discussion about a grievance against himself, alleging a conflict of interest and board overreach.

This action, the letter states, violates Texas Education Code Chapter 11, Subchapter D-Powers and Duties of Board of Trustees of Independent School District. The letter states that the TEA requested documentation related to the complaint in August of 2020, which was then reviewed by TEA Special Investigations Unit Investigator Rebecca Clevlen.

According to the letter, Clevlen concluded that the district must complete a corrective action plan within a set timeline to close the complaint with the TEA. The letter was dated Aug. 11, with Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez and board President Amy Weir required to sign and return the agreement by Aug. 25.

"Please be advised that additional complaints relating to Round Rock ISD remain under investigative review by the Special Investigations Unit as well as the Compliance Review Unit," the letter states.


Under the RRISD corrective action plan:

  • The district must agree to the installation of a monitor, which it has.

  • RRISD will be formally monitored for a period of one year.

  • The district acknowledges and understands that it may be subject to a "special accreditation investigation corrective action or sanction for any additional allegations of violations which are substantiated."

  • RRISD also waives its right to an informal or formal review before the commissioner as well as "any right to seek removal or modification of the intervention provided for in the agreement, any right to judicial review of the agreement, and any other procedural rights that might otherwise apply."


This is an ongoing story that will be updated with a forthcoming statement from Round Rock ISD.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.


MOST RECENT

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hair salon offers men's cuts in a sports-themed atmosphere and complimentary cold drinks including beer. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Locker Room Haircuts now open in Round Rock

A locally owned Locker Room Haircuts franchise location opened Sept. 17 at 635 University Blvd., Ste. 120, Round Rock, with a grand opening planned for Sept. 30.

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Williamson County Court House
Williamson County approves nonprofit funding, and other notes from Commissioners Court

Commissioners approved public funding for local nonprofits, including funding for the Williamson Museum.

Courtesy Baylor Scott & White
New Baylor Scott & White clinic now open on Eagles Nest Street in Round Rock

The facility is a dedicated hepatology clinic for the Greater Austin region.

The Austin-based juice, smoothie and coffee chain was founded in 2011 by Matt Shook and has since expanded to 33 locations and counting in Dallas, Austin and Houston. (Courtesy Juiceland)
JuiceLand coming to Round Rock in November

Round Rock will be gaining its own Juiceland location in November, located in La Frontera Village.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Photo of ACL Fest
Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

A new office building is bringing 2,646 square feet of Class A office space to 406 N. Lee St., Round Rock, in 2022. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
New office building bringing more than 2,000 square feet of office space to central Round Rock in 2022

The office building will be located at 406 N. Lee St., Round Rock, with expected delivery in 2022.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

The Round Rock ISD board of trustees will meet to discuss and take action regarding resolutions to censure Place 2 and 7 Trustees Mary Bone and Danielle Weston on Sept. 22. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD board to consider censuring of trustees, mask matrix on Sept. 22

Two Round Rock ISD trustees are up for possible censure, according to the meeting agenda for Sept 22.