MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Kevin Brackmeyer is back in as superintendent of the Manor Independent School District after resigning in January. The move was approved after a special board meeting on Tuesday.
Board trustees approved an amendment to Brackmeyer’s voluntary separation agreement that allows him to return to the position under his old contract. He was named superintendent in January 2013 and stepped down from his post 12 months later.
After his resignation, board president Desiree Cornelius-Fisher refused to say why Brackmeyer resigned.
In February, the Manor ISD Board of Trustees approved the external investigation Cornelius-Fisher.
In an open records request, attorney Bradley Clark 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, Cornelius-Fisher wanted the investigation expanded to include all the board members.
That move was OK’d by the board and the Texas Education Agency was asked to conduct an external and independent investigation of the entire Manor ISD Board of Trustees.
A lawsuit filed by Clark in late February seeking Cornelius-Fisher’s removal says allegations and evidence of official misconduct against Cornelius-Fisher surfaced during an investigation into the events surrounding the recent resignation of Brackmeyer.
She was 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.
Cornelius-Fisher was voted out of office earlier this month after serving 15 years on the board.
In March 2014, Dr. Esthela Allison left Pearsall ISD to become Manor ISD’s interim superintendent. Following the board’s decision to reinstate Brackmeyer, they accepted an exit agreement with Allison.