KISD

The futures of six Kingsville Independent School District administrators could be decided tonight after the district’s board of trustees took no action on their contracts during last Thursday’s special meeting. 

The school board had been discussing employment contract for district staff and administrators in closed session since their May 5 special meeting, but had taken no action until last week. 

Following nearly two hours in closed session, the board reconvened and approved professional and probationary contracts for teachers and staff for the 2020-21 school year in a 6-0 vote. Board trustee Lynn Yaklin was absent during the meeting. 

During the vote to approve the district’s administrator contracts, however, Board President Brandon Greenwood’s motion to accept the contracts “as presented” failed after it failed to receive a second. Vice-President Steven Crites had briefly seconded the motion, but retracted it moments later. 

Trustee Cory Garza then made the motion, which was seconded by Board Secretary Corando Garza, to approved administrator contracts with the exception of six individuals: 

  • Daniel Smith, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, who was hired in a 5-2 split on Dec. 9, 2019; 
  • Abigayle Barton, executive director of school improvement, who was hired in a 6-0 vote on July 18, 2019 as the Harvey Elementary School principal and then named to her current position on Dec. 9, 2019 in a 5-2 split; 
  • MaHogany Daniel, who was hired in a 4-3 split as H.M. King High School principal on July 15, 2019, and currently serves as an assistant principal for the district; 
  • Greg Mihleder, H.M. King High School principal who took over the position in January from Daniel; 
  • Analese Tennyson, Perez Elementary School interim principal who was hired as the assistant principal for Gillett Intermediate School in a 6-1 split on Aug. 5, 2019; and 
  • John Trevino, Harrel Elementary School principal who was hired in a 4-3 split on July 15, 2019. 

Prado had initially seconded the motion, but withdrew it prior to board action as his wife, Norma Prado, is the campus principal for Kleberg Elementary School. Corando Garza seconded the motion shortly after “for the sake of discussion.” 

Prior to the vote, Crites expressed his confusion about the action and how it would affect the six individuals whose contracts were removed by the motion. 

“Hypothetically speaking, what if I have a problem with one, but I don’t have a problem with five?” he asked. “I shouldn’t have to vote six names as one vote.” 

Trustees, along with district attorney Nick Maddox, told Crites the action would be just for the administrator contracts that were not removed from the list.

“The board is taking no action on these six individuals and their employment status,” Maddox said.

The motion passed 3-2 with Corando Garza, Cory Garza and Brian Coufal in favor, while Greenwood and Crites voted against. Prado abstained from the motion.

The board is scheduled to consider renewal of the remaining administrator contracts during Tuesday’s regular meeting, which will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the KISD administration building board room at 207 N. Third St.

The meeting will also be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C38b8Rzhs3c.

Public comment can be submitted prior to 5:15 p.m. to youtube@kingsvilleisd.com. All emails must include the sender’s name and address, and will be read during the public participation portion of the meeting.

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