A Texas school district superintendent whose entire tenure has been tinged with controversy is back in the spotlight, this time over a report from the Texas government that likely contains damning information about the superintendent’s alleged wrongdoings, but that the district refuses to publicly release.
The primary allegation undergirding the scandal surrounding Round Rock Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez is assault and battery. The allegation was first introduced at a district school board hearing in the fall by a minister named Jeremy Story and a retired U.S. Army captain named Dustin Clark.
“Journalist Pedro Gonzalez reported that at an August meeting, Story had calmly ‘produced evidence that the board had covered up an alleged assault by the superintendent, Hafedh Azaiez, against a mistress.’ The superintendent and school board president cut him off midsentence and ordered officers to remove him from the premises,” according to the New York Post.
Video footage from the hearing reportedly shows that Story was cut off the moment he said, “Our superintendent has a protective order …”
The two reportedly returned in September, and this time things got even more heated.
“At the next meeting, in September, with the district’s controversial mask mandate on the agenda, the school board locked the majority of parents out of the room, preventing them from speaking. Clark and other frustrated parents asked the board to open the nearly empty room to the public,” according to the Post.
“Instead, school board president Amy Weir directed officers to remove Clark from school property. As he was dragged out by two officers, Clark shouted to the audience: ‘It’s an open meeting! Shame on you. Communist! Communist! Let the public in!’ A few days later, the school district, in coordination with law enforcement, sent police officers to the homes of both men, arrested them, and put them in jail on charges of ‘disorderly conduct with intent to disrupt a meeting,'” the Post notes.
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“I believe I was arrested on 9/17/21 to intimidate me and other parents and community members from continuing to speak out against the superintendent and five of the school board members,” Clark later told Fox News in early December.
“We believe we were intentionally targeted for arrest to silence our voices because we were speaking out against the school district for illegal activity,” Story added.
Despite the two being silenced, their allegation eventually made it to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Texas Education Agency, a state-level government agency that handles public publication in the Lone Star State.
Both reportedly opened investigations, and apparently, the TEA’s investigation has concluded, because the Round Rock ISD school board has scheduled a closed-door Jan. 3rd meeting to “discuss” its final report. Local parents are not pleased.
“Parents have expressed skepticism about the meeting and are calling on the school board to publicly release the report,” according to Fox News.
And it appears they have every right to be skeptical. Though the board refuses to release the TEA’s report, the government agency did submit a memo to Fox News containing one bombshell fact: The TEA official tasked with investigating Azaiez’s activities, David Faltys, has recommended he be placed on administrative leave.
“As appointed monitor, I recommend the governing board to: Place Round Rock Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation regarding the underlying conduct found in a protective order issued by a Travis County District Court,” the memo reads.
He also recommends that the school board “[c]ontract the services of an external investigator to conduct an investigation regarding the conduct described above.”
What Faltys, an official government official, wrote about a “protective order” appears to prove that Story had been speaking truthfully when he was cut off at the August school board hearing.
Meanwhile, the way the board is handling the report seems to prove something as well. The board’s note for the upcoming Jan. 3 meeting says only that it’s to “review the TEA Monitor’s letter regarding Round Rock Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez.”
“That’s it?” some are now wondering.
“I will say that in my opinion, the language on the agenda is not consistent with what is in the letter the TEA sent the board,” Danielle Weston, a dissenting member of this same board, told Fox News.
“I am surprised and disappointed to see this inconsistency and have repeatedly asked the board president (the party responsible for setting the agenda and language therein) to align the agenda with the contents of the letter. She has rejected my request,” Weston added, referring to Weir.
Clark, meanwhile, noted to Fox News that the meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., a time when most parents will likely be at work.
“The 2 p.m. time for this meeting appears to be an effort to suppress parent comments by conducting a meeting during normal working hours which would exclude most parents and teachers in the community who would otherwise be at work,” he said.
The school board appears, for all intents and purposes, to be jumping through hoops to hide the truth about their superintendent’s alleged wrongdoings.
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