Investigation into entire Manor ISD school board gets approval

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Education Agency will conduct an external and independent investigation of the entire Manor ISD Board of Trustees.

The approval came after the board OK’d a motion requesting the investigation at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Earlier this month, the board approved an external investigation into board president Desiree Cornelius-Fisher. The inquiry was requested based on allegations into the conduct of the board president.

Cornelius-Fisher, who has been on the board for 15 years, is accused of using school district money to pay for an organization membership for her husband. She also stands accused of trying to influence the hiring of her own daughter into the district. Her son already works for Goldstar Transit, the Manor ISD transportation services contractor.

The move also comes about a month after superintendent Kevin Brackmeyer voluntarily left his position after a year on the job.

In an open records request, Bradley Clark, a parent and attorney in Manor, says Cornelius-Fisher accused Brackmeyer of using district money to buy furniture for his wife’s office. School board member John Jonse says there is no evidence Brackmeyer did that, nor does he believe Brackmeyer misappropriated any district money.

When Jonse requested the independent investigation into Cornelius-Fisher, she requested the investigation be expanded to include all board members.

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