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Houston ISD Board of Education News Conference
by Garrett Bryce
Monday, October 15, 2018

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education, in a news conference held today, issued statements regarding plans to reverse its decision to replace current Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan with former superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra until completion of a search for a new full time superintendent.

Trustee Diana Davila opened the news conference with an apology for the board's recent behavior, including at Thursday's meeting where the motion to replace Lathan with Saavedra as the board searches for a new superintendent.

“We the board of the Houston Independent School District would like to apologize to our students, the community at large, the parents, the families, and all HISD employees, especially board services, and our business and community partners for our behavior the last ten months, and particularly at the board meetings this past Thursday,” Davila said. Listen (9:39)

She said that the board's actions had “not modeled” the behavior the district desires to instill in the children it serves.

Davila had stated at Thursday's meeting that the decision was based on Lathan's interest in applying for the full time position, in an effort to avoid a conflict of interest. She said that the board will meet Thursday this week to reconsider the board's past motion, and to reinstate Lathan as interim superintendent.

Trustee Jolanda Jones also spoke, stating that the board will determine an ending date to the superintendent search, and to approve selecting an executive coach as well as an executive coach for the interim superintendent, as well as more frequent team building.

Lathan delivered remarks, stating that her priority was the students.

“My focus is and will always be the education of all children,” Lathan said.

The board ended the news conference without taking questions. The district later issued a news release regarding the decision. News Release

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