ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Just days into the spring semester, the Round Rock Independent School District’s Board of Trustees decided in a Thursday night meeting to place Superintendent Hafedh 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.
The decision comes after a recommendation from a monitor appointed by the Texas Education Agency. The monitor is David Faltys, a former superintendent of the Carroll Independent School District, which is about 30 miles from Dallas. 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.
Late last year, Faltys issued a memo to RRISD board members, recommending they place Azaiez on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the underlying conduct of Azaiez outlined in a protective order issued by a Travis County District Court.
Mary Goodrich Nix, an attorney representing Azaiez, told KXAN Monday the TEA memo was “dated and inaccurate.”
Presley, the new acting superintendent, has served in the role before, prior to Azaiez’s arrival at RRISD. Presley has more than 30 years of educator experience in schools throughout Texas and Louisiana, the district said. He’s also served as senior chief of schools and innovation, RRISD’s second-in-command role, for the past eight years.