The Brownwood school board was reorganized Monday night as Brown County Judge Ray West administered the oaths of office to newly elected members Brad Jetton (Place 5) and Diane Thompson (Place 2), and to Place 4 incumbent Eric Evans — the only one of the three who had an opponent in the Nov. 6 election.
Board members elected Michael Cloy as president, Roderick Jones as vice president and Lisa Fowler as secretary.
The board also heard a challenge of nepotism from Stan Walker, who finished second in the Nov. 6 election behind Evans in a three-way race. Walker said he had learned that Evans’ niece had been hired to work as a classroom aide, violating nepotism laws. Walker said he has learned that Evans’ niece has since resigned, but, Walker said, it was Evans who should have resigned.
Neither school board members or Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe made any immediate response to Walker’s statements.
Later, Evans said the board has misunderstood nepotism policy, and once district officials realized the district was violating nepotism laws, his niece resigned. “There are no ramifications,” Evans said.
Evans said the district had believed it was permissible for Evans’ niece to work for the school district as a classroom aide, since an aide is not hired by the school board. But the district went on to learn from school attorneys that because the county’s population exceeds 35,000, her employment as a classroom aide does violate nepotism laws.
Evans said his niece had been working as a substitute teacher, and was hired as a classroom aide at Northwest Elementary School after the school year started. “I didn’t even know she had been called,” Evans said.
“She resigned and will seek other employment.”