Staff, community sound off over Tuloso-Midway superintendent’s leave

Tuloso-Midway ISD’s school board voted Tuesday to authorize board president Paul Mostella to select candidates for interim superintendent.

Superintendent Rick Fernandez was placed on paid administrative leave July 15. The reason why has not been made public.

Fernandez’s leave comes on the heels of an announcement the Texas Education Agency is investigating the school board over allegations a trustee tampered with grades.

More than 70 parents, students and school district staff showed up to the meeting to voice their concerns and dismays.


Second grade teacher Mary Ann Garza has been teaching at the Tuloso-Midway Primary School for 15 years. She said since she’s been there, the district has been through several superintendents.

“I was excited when the district hired (Fernandez),” Garza said. “Someone who was not from our community, someone who had no bias to anyone in the district, somebody new and fresh. I know many, as myself, were surprised when allegations came out about things going on at the high school.”

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