Round Rock School Board to repeat Superintendent’s vote after procedural error

Round Rock School District Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez was appointed to his post on Monday by a 5-2 vote from the board. But due to an “unintentional procedural omission”, the board will meet again to vote a second time and approve his appointment.

The board appointed Azaiez in a resolution on Monday’s meeting agenda, which was posted on the district’s website and promoted on social media 72 hours before the meeting.

But Round Rock District spokesperson Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said in a statement the agenda had not been posted “in public view at the district office prior to the day of the meeting.” .

The Texas Open Meetings Act requires that the agenda be physically displayed. That provision was temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic, but the district had already reverted to physical posting of agendas and felt not doing so this time around was inconsistent, district officials said.

“To ensure consistency of practices and for procedural reasons, the board of directors will meet on Saturday, June 19 to vote again on the resolution,” said the press release.

Azaiez’s hiring caught the community’s attention during the required 21-day period between being named the sole finalist and being named.

Parents started showing up at board meetings and speaking out because they weren’t offered open forums to learn more about Azaiez or give their opinion on him as a candidate.

The next meeting will again open the floor for public comment. Details on how to subscribe to comment can be found here.

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