DISD trustees take no action on superintendent contract

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After spending seven hours behind closed doors, Decatur ISD trustees took no action on the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.
School Board President Wade Watson made the announcement at 1:15 a.m. after trustees left their private chambers.
Watson released the following statement on the matter: “The board received a great deal of information and input during our meeting this evening. This material should be carefully considered prior to taking any formal action on the item reflected on tonight’s agenda. In an effort to make decisions in the best interest of all parties involved, we ask that the community and district stakeholders afford us time to consider all of the data brought to our attention prior to revisiting this matter at a later meeting.”
Trustees are scheduled to meet again June 18. Watson said no special meetings are planned. He also said he could not say more than his statement at this time.
With no action, there is no change to Whitis’ employment with the district. No light was shed on what prompted the meeting.
Trustees met with attorneys while in closed session for approximately 30 minutes and then continued discussions for several more hours.
Whitis arrived in Decatur in July 2017 to replace the retiring Rod Townsend. She previously served as the superintendent at Valley Mills ISD. She also had a tenure as the superintendent at Fort Davis.
In February, trustees gave a unanimous approval of her performance. Trustees added a year to Whitis’ contract that will run through July 30, 2021, and gave her a $3,000 raise. With the raise effective March 1, her annual salary is $158,000.

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