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Local media has reported the resignation comes at the heels of allegations of sexual harassment at a recent conference.
The resignation of Owings will be effective June of this year.
Owings was not present during a special called meeting Monday where board members unanimously accepted the superintendent’s resignation. Owings had submitted a written retirement/resignation letter to officials earlier Monday, said the district’s attorney Ivan F. Perez. Owings had not shown up to work on Monday, either.
According to the Monitor, Owings is accused of sexually harassing two school officials at a Texas Association of School Administrators conference last week.
After the meeting, and a lengthy executive session, board trustees declined to comment to the media about the resignation. The board accepted his resignation in a unanimous vote at a meeting where the trustees were expected to discuss the progress of the construction of the second high school. They referred all questions to Perez.
A resident present at the meeting who said she was aware of the allegations declined to comment as well. The woman, however, did say Owings should resign.
Perez said he could only comment on the action the board took, which was to accept Owings’ resignation, but he could not discuss personnel matters. He said the only way information would become public about the reason for the resignation would be if the employee makes it public.
“The district is looking to move forward, and will be hosting a meeting here in the next few days to begin the process of looking for their next superintendent,” said Perez.
According to board members, and Perez, legal counsel will proceed as was discussed during executive session.
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