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25 Investigates: Connally ISD follow-up

Posted at 10:08 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 23:29:16-04

WACO, TX — On May 16, 25 Investigates reported a story about Connally ISD.

It's a school district that hired educator John Simpson, a former assistant principal at Connally Junior High School, with a record of past misconduct with the Texas Education Agency.

His record included a suspension in 2016-17 over a case involving a minor.

The man that hired Simpson at Connally ISD, superintendent Wesley Holt, put out a statement on Friday to district employees regarding our investigation.

In part, the statement said, "I want you to know that we are taking this matter seriously and have been working with law enforcement and the District Attorney's office to make sure any and all criminal offenses have been reported. We will continue to do this as their investigations continue."

Central Texas News Now wasn't made aware of any investigations coming from the district attorney's office concerning Connally ISD, so we reached out to Tom Needham, with the DA's office, on Friday.

"This matter has not been filed with our office for consideration at this time," said Needham.

In the past five months during the investigation, Central Texas News Now has given Holt, members of his administration, the school board and the law firm representing Connally ISD several opportunities to do on-camera interviews regarding the story.

We asked them to point out to us what facts they believe are accurate and inaccurate.

We never received an answer back and were told by the law firm representing the school district that an investigation by Connally ISD Police Chief Ronnie Price is still ongoing.

Central Texas News Now will keep you updated on air and online with the latest news from the investigation.


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