Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
The president of the Irving Independent School Board surprised her fellow trustees at the Jan. 28 meeting by saying that some trustees had interfered with day-to-day operations of the district.
Board President Ronda Huffstetler said at the meeting that some trustees had made “unannounced campus visits and had secret meetings about ousting the superintendent.”
“We do not run the district’s daily operations,” Huffstetler said at the end of the meeting during trustee comments. “It does not help the district, and it does not put the children first.”
Trustee Steven Jones said Wednesday “he had no idea what Ms. Huffstetler was talking about.”
Huffstetler said district employees had contacted her about trustees “meddling” and she promised to continue to investigate the concerns with the board.
“Employees have interpreted this behavior as bullying, threatening and intimidation and it makes them extremely uncomfortable,” Huffstetler said. “It is not our job. I will no longer stand for violations of policy, and you have my word on that.”
Huffstetler’s comments came during School Board Appreciation Month and just months from May’s vote where three board seats are up for election. Huffstetler, who is in district 7, is among the candidates running again. District 5 and District 6 seats are also up for election.