LA MARQUE – After meeting behind closed doors for more than four hours Friday night, trustees decided to name Thomasine Allen the interim co-superintendent of the school district.
Allen was formerly the assistant superintendent of educational support services and school operations.
She will work alongside Joanie Hudson, who took over as interim superintendent in late April after former Superintendent Ecomet Burley resigned in a cloud of controversy.
The Daily News has requested the terms of his resignation, but the district has not responded.
School board Vice President Nakisha Paul said trustees will hold another special meeting Monday to discuss hiring an outside consultant to assist the interim co-superintendents. President Annie Burton was not at Friday’s meeting.
Paul said Hudson and Allen will work as “two individuals with the exact same duties.” She wasn't specific about why trustees named an interim co-superintendent and are seeking to hire a mentor to the position but said it would best meet the district’s needs at this time.
Monday’s agenda also calls for trustees to meet behind closed doors to discuss and possibly take action to hire an “interim business manager.” Paul clarified that trustees will discuss hiring an accountant to help the district get its finances in order.
The consideration of new hires comes at a time when the district is laying off employees and looking to outsource its police department in an effort to trim costs.
Last week, a state-ordered financial solvency plan for the district was rejected by the Texas Education Agency.
The agency has given the district until June 9 to submit a new draft of the plan.
The board is set to approve trustee Joe Cantu’s resignation at Monday’s special meeting and will appoint a new trustee to fill the vacant spot for District 6, according to the agenda.
Cantu tendered his resignation in April.
Trustees chosen in last week's election and the board's new appointment will be administered the oath of office.
There is an additional agenda item for the "reorganization of the board of trustees."
The agenda also calls for trustees to consider and approve contracting services with ProCare Therapy for Speech Therapy and Ardor Health Services for Occupational Therapy.
At a glance
WHO: La Marque Independent School District
WHAT: Trustees will meet to consider and possibly take action to hire a consultant to the interim superintendent and to consider hiring an interim business manager.
WHERE: LMISD Administration Building, 1727 Bayou Road, in La Marque
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
Contact reporter Alex Macon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-683-5244.