The top two officials at Perryton ISD are out, both resigning amid allegations of sexual harassment.
The allegations first came to light nearly two weeks ago.
At that time, Superintendent Robert Hall and Assistant Superintendent Keith Langfitt were placed on paid leave and as of today both are unemployed.
In open session, the board unanimously accepted the resignations of both men.
The board acted quickly since receiving the complaint.
Board president Monty Kinnard said they contacted the Texas Association of School Boards on the same day the complaint was filed.
Kinnard would not discuss the specific allegations against the two men but did say it was made by another district employee.
Here is part of what he had to say, reading from a written statement:
“On the same day the complaint was received, TASB was contacted and an investigation was initiated. PISD board contracted a third party unbiased investigator to conduct a thorough and swift investigation into this matter….”
Kinnard would not release the results of that independent investigation but it was apparently enough to lead to the resignations of both administrators.
Kinnard also would not release the terms of the separation agreement between the two men and the district, but because that is a public record, it will eventually be available through a Freedom of Information request.
This all comes at a time when the country is having a serious discussion about sexual harassment.
Kinnard had previously said the school district takes these types of allegations seriously.
Hall had been with the school district since 2006.
He started as an intermediate principal before becoming superintendent in 2010.
Langfitt was also hired in 2010 as the assistant.
Ronnie Watson is the acting superintendent.