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Manor ISD board considers external investigation

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Monday, Manor ISD is considering an investigation into all of its board members. This comes after several allegations of abuse of power have surfaced.

Just two weeks ago Superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer resigned. Parents were upset, telling FOX 7 he has turned this school district around.

More than 100 people packed the closed meeting just to show their support for Brackmeyer, waving signs and wearing shirts to make up for not being able to voice their opinion. After nearly four hours parents were told that Brackmeyer was stepping down. Many feel he was pushed out. 

Now, they want answers for the sake of the students.

"Growth within Manor, they're talking about it doubling in size over the next ten years. We need to be prepared for that. We can't do that if you're always looking around at what's going on. We need the truth, we need to move forward as group," said Chris Dauphineis, parent.

At the February 4th meeting Board Member John Jonse first requested the investigation to include him and Board President Desiree Cornelious- Fisher. It was then extended to include all seven members.

"Last week there were some accusations made from somebody in the community about misappropriation of funds. Basically the law requires that the board members release every October our board of what we use in terms of expenses," said Cornelious- Fisher.

Manor ISD says the investigation would also look into allegations of abuse of office, abuse of power, interference of day to day operations of the school district and intimidation of district employees.

FOX 7 asked the board president if they are concerned anything will pop up...

"Oh absolutely not because the board would have found that you know in the October meeting. I think as a matter of fact I had an opportunity to release to look at our spending for last October and it was pretty much in the middle of the road," said Cornelious- Fisher.

Who will conduct the investigation hasn't been decided but Cornelious- Fisher assumes it will be their legal team.

But an independent investigation by the community is already underway.

"Whether or not any of the allegations that have been around for a long time about Ms. Fisher were true about Mr. Brackmeyer. So I started looking into it and found that more and more people wanted to talk but they were too scared to talk," said Bradley Clark, attorney.

The board is trying to decide who will be the interim superintendent. They are interviewing two people right now.

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