In a 4-3 split vote, the Kingsville Independent School District Board of Trustees named assistant superintendent Kamara Adams as the district’s interim superintendent during a special meeting held at noon Friday.
Adams fills the vacancy left following the resignation of KISD Superintendent Elida Bera, who ended her tenure with the district after the board accepted her resignation during their Sept. 23 meeting. She served as the district’s superintendent for less than 10 months.
Adams was hired as the KISD assistant superintendent of support services in December 2018. She had previously worked with Bera at Judson ISD as its human resources director.
At the start of Friday’s meeting, held four days following Bera’s resignation, Board President Brian Coufal addressed the audience regarding the district calling for a noon meeting to name an interim superintendent.
“We as a board do not like to have noon meetings,” Coufal said. “At all. It’s not something that’s fair to the public. It’s not something that we do regularly and routinely. The only time we schedule meetings for noon is if it is absolutely necessary or the items to be considered are predominantly administerial in nature, which today’s are.”
Coufal said the Texas Open Meetings Act requires school district to post board agendas at least 72 hours in advance.
“So with the events that happened Monday night, the absolute earliest that we could post an agenda was Tuesday morning,” he said.
“It’s imperative that we get the district administration in place for our employees, for our faculty, for our staff,” he added. “We are not meeting today to try to prohibit anyone from attending. We are not meeting today to try to prevent the public from participating.
“We are meeting because it’s necessary and this is the only time that we can get a quorum together in order to conduct the business that needs to be conducted.”
The board met in closed session for less than 25 minutes to discuss the interim superintendent position, along with an assistant principal vacancy at Kleberg Elementary School.
After reconvening in open session, board trustee Nick Prado made the motion to name Adams as interim superintendent along with a $3,000 monthly stipend, which Board Secretary Corando Garza seconded.
The motion passed in a 4-3 split, with Corando Garza, Board President Brian Coufal and trustees Prado and Lynn Yaklin voting in favor. Board Vice-President Brandon Greenwood and trustees Cory Garza and Steven Crites voted against the appointment.
In a phone interview Friday afternoon, Greenwood said he wanted to clarify his reasoning for voting against naming Adams as the interim superintendent.
“I don’t want the community to feel that my negative vote was against Ms. Adams,” he said. “It was not.”
Greenwood said he wanted Adams to be named “the next superintendent” that day, as “having an interim superintendent does not protect the district at all.”
“And personally, I’m afraid that we’re going to lose Ms. Adams,” he said. “We’re going to lose another good employee just like we lost Ms. Bera.”
As of Wednesday, the KISD Board of Trustees had not convened to discuss or take action on a timeline or method to hire a new superintendent.
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