Manor ISD superintendent resigns, addresses his absence

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MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — The Manor Independent School District is officially looking for a new superintendent to replace Kevin Brackmeyer.

During his first interview since December, Brackmeyer told KXAN education reporter Erin Cargile he is leaving the position to spend more time with his family.

He submitted his resignation as superintendent on Feb. 29, but worked out an agreement with the district to remain employed until he is eligible for retirement in February 2017. He has moved into a newly created role called the District Special Projects Liaison, and will continue receiving his superintendent salary of $173,351 a year.

When KXAN asked for the job description of Brackmeyer’s new position, the communications director said, “The job description will be created by the board as needed.”

His departure comes as the Manor Police Department and the Texas Education Agency is investigating the district after an audit uncovered astronomical spending, overpaid employees and coaches added to the payroll under the table without background checks.

Brackmeyer says he was on family medical leave when the audit went public because he contracted shingles in December.

He told KXAN he was fully aware of the audit results before getting sick, and had already taken action.

“In 2015 we discovered some irregularities that needed immediate attention,” said Brackmeyer. “So the CFO and I sat down and we called for a forensic audit which brought out some very serious concerns.”

Brackmeyer said he took immediate action with the employees involved, put new check and balances in place and hired a new chief financial officer.

“I think what came out of that was something that needed to come out,” said Brackmeyer.

His relationship with Manor ISD has been described as rocky. Brackmeyer’s first stint as superintendent started in January 2013, and then he resigned in January 2014 under pressure from an unhappy school board. The district rehired him in May 2014.

“When you work with [school] boards, there are different personalities and visions can be different, but we always had good, healthy conversations,” said Brackmeyer.

He points to the accomplishments that have happened under his leaderships including increasing graduation rates, receiving awards for the number of students enrolling in college after high school, improving attendance rates, the opening of a career tech certification center and hosting President Barack Obama at New Tech High School.

Roy Knight is currently serving as the interim superintendent.

The Manor ISD board will soon begin its search for a permanent replacement.

Read the full Final Retirement Agreement here.

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