Board member Carlos Vasquez said superintendent Melody Johnson hit a "new low" when the district issued a press release responding to this weekend's story about the release of a management letter. Trustee Ann Sutherland made a public records request to get the letter. She, Vasquez and trustee Juan Rangel were critical of administration for not releasing the letter sooner while other trustees said they wanted the district's new CFO to have more time to review the letter's findings before bringing it to the board.
Monday district officials issued a press release stating they were "setting the record straight" and contended that the letter was not withheld. Vasquez took issue with the response in a letter sent to Johnson, fellow board members and the media.
"Several Board Members were quoted on the story referenced on this release. Who are you 'Setting the Record Straight' with? Who lied for this to have to be set straight? I feel like you have attacked us and that you are calling us liars," he wrote.
District spokeswoman Barbara Griffith said Johnson was still out of the country on vacation and unreachable for comment. She declined to comment on Vasquez' e-mail. Griffith said the press release was a response to a headline in the Star-Telegram that read "Letter that detailed woes kept from board." Griffith said, "We felt the headline of the story did not mesh with the rest of the story."