TEA denies jurisdiction in complaint filed against AISD school board member

Updated: Mar. 28, 2019 at 10:19 AM CDT
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has denied jurisdiction in the case of the complaint filed against an Amarillo Independent School District school board member.

Dr. Marc Henson recently filed the complaint against AISD School Trustee Renee McCown.

It comes after the resignation of Amarillo High School’s volleyball coach, Kori Clements.

In the TEA’s response to Dr. Henson, it states, in part:

Allegations related to local employment issues should be filed directly with Amarillo Independent School District through the school district’s local grievance process.

The TEA said that process is to first file a complaint with the school principal, then the superintendent and finally with the the school board before the it will consider the issue.

When NewsChannel10 asked Dr. Henson what’s next, he responded, “I’m far from done.”

He said he plans to start at the bottom and file a complaint at level one, per the TEA’s recommendation.

NewsChannel10 also spoke with a representative of a group called “Parents for Transparency” today.

The group plans to put the pressure on Amarillo ISD by calling for an outside investigation into Kori Clements’ resignation.

You can read the full response from the TEA below.

Amarillo ISD released a statement regarding the decision by TEA and the complaint:

Amarillo ISD has not received any communication from TEA about the complaint. As outlined in policy, a complaint concerning events that happened in January must have been filed weeks ago to meet procedural deadlines. Though the District doesn’t openly discuss details regarding personnel situations, we appreciate the interest and involvement of our parents and community members who want the best for our children.

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