HOUSTON (FOX 26) — The Houston Independent School District is approaching one year without a permanent leader.
It was March 2018 when the last permanent Houston ISD superintendent, Richard Carranza, stepped down. Between board members arguing, schools rated as failing, budget issues, and the real possibility of the district being taken over by the state, it has been a roller coaster ride in the journey to find a new superintendent.
The Houston ISD community continues to speak out against the dysfunction of board members. It’s the one thing that they all agree on. But many were split on the decision to pause the search for a new superintendent.
"If I’m a good superintendent and I look at what is happening at HISD now, I’m not gonna apply," says James Douglas of the NAACP in Houston. Others, like Dr. Pamela B., want the board to continue.
"You need to all stop, put a pause, put a pin, and just learn to look at the real issues,“ says Dr. Pamela B.
Just like the public, the trustees were split too. One member abstained from voting while the other eight chose a side.
“As the facts clearly show the motion on the table to indefinitely postpone the superintendent search is a matter that has been asked and answered six times, it has been the unwavering will of this board to conduct this search,“ said District I trustee Elizabeth Santos, who voted against the motion.
District IX trustee Wanda Adams was in favor of taking a break during the Texas Education Agency investigation.
"This motion is not to cancel the search," says Adams. "This motion is to suspend the search until the investigation is completed. Now, if you know that a job is under investigation of going to be closed, you would not come and work for that job."
All the board members agreed that they need to get on the same page, and do the best they can to choose the best superintendent. The search will continue with a board vote of 5-3.