Fort Worth School Board Accepts Surprise Resignation

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FORT WORTH — It’s not too often a school board gets applause after a four hour executive session.

But the cheers quickly turned to jeers Monday night at the Fort Worth ISD.

When board member Dr. Matthew Avila said, “I move that we accept the resignation of Mr. Dansby along with the retirement and release as presented,” the crowd was caught off guard and started shouting, “No! No!”

The session was supposed to be about Superintendent Walter Dansby’s evaluation–not his resignation.

“It has truly been a pleasure working with you this year,” board member Ashley Paz said during open discussion. “Thank you.”

Sound familiar? Less than 3 years ago, Superintendent Melody Johnson resigned abruptly, too.

Dansby was named interim super, and eventually got the gig permanently. No one’s saying officially what went wrong this time.

“I’m very appreciative of the courageous conversations that he’s brought to the district,” board member Jacinto A. Ramons, Jr., said.

“Mr. Dansby, I really appreciate your service of 40 years to this district,” Board Member Christene Moss said just before the vote. “You have been a superintendent for all the children.”

After the final vote, Dansby was out, but asked the crowd to stay calm. “I think it’s something that really needs to happen for the good of the district so we can move forward,” he said.

His $338,000 paycheck stops after only 2 years. It’s not clear how much severence he’ll get, or who’ll be willing to take the job now.

Advice to the next superintendent: rent don’t buy.

 

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