MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Findings of a 3-month investigation were presented to Manor Independent School District’s Board of Trustees Tuesday night, an audit triggered by annual auditors’ earlier discovery of irregularities and concerns in the payroll department.
The board went into closed session to review specifics, including recommendations for personnel and operations. KXAN News learned auditors are aware of three Manor ISD employees who resigned relevant to the investigation. Last month, KXAN reported two employees were placed on administrative leave pending the results of the audit resigned.
Ahead of the school board meeting, KXAN met with Manor ISD employee Jye Turk. Turk has worked for the school district for two and a half years, and says he’s had concerns about the mismanagement of funds for a vast majority of that time. Turk says he was relieved when auditors sat down with him in November, to talk about what he knew.
“I don’t really care how this plays out. I just know the truth has to come out,” Turk said. “It was kind of a sigh of relief that someone was finally looking into what was going on.”
Turk says he approached administration with concerns multiple times, particularly about red flags he noticed within the band and color guard. Turk formerly served as Manor’s percussion director before stepping down from the position. He now works for Manor ISD as an AVID and Gear Up tutor.
“I had been to everyone about this corruption for the last two years, as well as I know other people had too. And at this point I was aware that the money I was getting was probably not legitimate,” Turk said, telling KXAN two months ago the Human Resources Department told him he was being overpaid, and others were in the same category.
“That was the first warning sign, when that color guard had that type of district budget? That doesn’t happen,” Turk said, shaking his head. “That doesn’t happen.”
“Color guard was part of that and some irregularities there,” Roy Knight confirmed, addressing what contributed to the need for an audit. “This is not my school, it’s our school. It’s not my dollars, it’s our dollars and all of it goes to our kids. And so transparency in this process is essential.”
Knight has served as interim deputy superintendent for the last month. Tuesday night, the board named him acting superintendent, replacing Kevin Brackmeyer. We’re told Brackmeyer, has been on family and medical leave.
“No one has implied that anyone has stolen money, we don’t know that to be true at all at this point in time,” Knight said of the audit before going into closed session. “This was all related in payroll and how employees were paid or not paid out of the payroll office and some other irregularities. I wasn’t here then, so I’m going to find out a lot about that tonight.”
Coming out of the closed door session, he said, ““There were more details than I was aware of, obviously. And the details will lead to some other appropriate action with employees, as I have an opportunity to really review it thoroughly.”
Kylie McGivern: “What are your biggest goals moving forward now?”
Roy Knight: “Create stability and develop trusting relationships – above all.”
Kylie McGivern: “Because is that something it’s fair to say has been broken?”
Roy Knight: “Well, I would say nothing good can happen in the school house outside of trusting relationships and we’ve been lacking in that a great deal, at least in this (administration) building.”
KXAN has put in a request for a copy of the audit, expected to be made public within the next two days, to learn specific details.