ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The Round Rock Independent School District’s Board of Trustees has directed the district’s designated investigator to “conclude its investigation into Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez’ conduct as alleged in a protective order issued by a Travis County District Court.”
During Thursday’s board meeting, trustees voted for the investigator to prepare a report on or before the next regularly scheduled board meeting. A district spokesperson tells KXAN the board will receive and consider the final report at its Feb. 17 meeting.
Trustees went into a nearly four-hour closed session Thursday night to consider “the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal” of Azaiez. The board also consulted with legal counsel and an external investigator regarding the status of the investigation into the superintendent’s conduct, as alleged in that protective order. This included but was not limited to removal from administrative leave, reinstatement, disciplinary action including termination, and/or the appointment of an interim superintendent.
Azaiez’ attorney, Mary Nix, told KXAN Friday, “Dr. Azaiez looks forward to the investigator submitting conclusive findings to the Board and his subsequent return to serving the Round Rock ISD community.”
Earlier this month, KXAN obtained copies of previous temporary protective orders that contain allegations against Azaiez of threatening behavior and assault, as well as a copy of an agreed permanent restraining order granted in December. KXAN did not find any record of criminal charges filed against him at this time.
The Texas Education Agency previously confirmed to KXAN it was investigating Azaiez. Its investigation is currently ongoing and separate from the district’s investigation.
On Jan. 6, the board voted to place Azaiez on paid administrative leave. In addition to placing Azaiez on leave, the board also chose Daniel Presley to serve as acting superintendent for the district and approved engaging an external investigator to look at allegations of misconduct against Azaiez.
This all stems from a recommendation from a monitor appointed by the Texas Education Agency. The monitor is David Faltys, a former superintendent of Carroll ISD. He’s been assigned several duties that include making recommendations to the board, attending meetings and reporting back to the TEA on the district’s status.
During Thursday night’s executive session, the board also consulted with legal counsel regarding an EEOC complaint. KXAN reached out to the district to get more information on that complaint. In an emailed response, the district said, “the Board of Trustees is being apprised of the issue [Thursday night] in closed session.”
KXAN also reached out to the public information request office with the TEA, as well as the EEOC office, for more information on the complaint. We will post that update once we receive it.