Round Rock ISD considers appointing an interim superintendent in executive session

The district's board of trustees will consider whether to appoint an interim superintendent as the investigation continues. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
The district's board of trustees will consider whether to appoint an interim superintendent as the investigation continues. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

The district's board of trustees will consider whether to appoint an interim superintendent as the investigation continues. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Following board action to place Round Rock ISD Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez on administrative leave pending the outcome of an external investigation, the district's board of trustees will consider whether to appoint an interim superintendent as the investigation continues.

During executive session of its Jan. 20 meeting, the board will consider two agenda items related to the superintendent. These agenda items include L1, to consult with legal counsel and the district's investigator regarding the status of the investigation, and L2, to discuss candidates and possibly name an interim superintendent.

On Jan. 6, the board approved a recommendation from Texas Education Agency monitor David Faltys to put Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez on administrative leave. Azaiez will remain on leave pending the outcome of an investigation of underlying conduct described in a protective order the Travis County District Court issued in July. Accompanying the recommendation during a Jan. 6 RRISD special meeting were motions to engage an independent investigator and appoint an acting superintendent, as well as begin the search for an interim superintendent, pending the results of the investigation. The board also appointed Daniel Presley, chief of schools and innovation, as acting superintendent.

The district also confirmed Jan. 13 that its investigation of the superintendent is underway, although it is unclear when it will be completed.

"The board has already engaged an investigator who started her work this week," said Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, RRISD chief of public affairs and communications, in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper. "The motion last Thursday authorized [board] President [Amber] Feller to review resumes provided by the board's attorneys and select an investigator."


The TEA and Travis County Sheriff's Office have also confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper that the agencies are investigating Azaiez.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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.