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Connally ISD responds to on-camera interview requests after our investigation into former assistant principal

Posted at 4:34 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 17:56:14-04

WACO, TX — Last Thursday, 25 Investigates brought you our findings to a months-long investigation into 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.

We discovered that prior to Simpson being hired at Connally ISD, he had a record of past misconduct documented with the Texas Education Agency. It included a suspension in 2016-17 over a case involving a minor.

Over the weekend, Mark Goulet, with the law firm that represents Connally ISD, put out a statement.

In part, the statement said, "The story also states that KXXV reporter Joe Gumm has offered Connally ISD opportunities for an 'on-camera interview.' We have offered to meet with him and KXXV, first for an off-camera interview to correct some of the inaccurate information that has been shared with him, and follow that up with an on-camera interview. He rejected this offer."

An email thread to Mr. Goulet in late March shows Central Texas News Now offered superintendent Wesley Holt an on-camera interview opportunity, in his office, controlled, timed and cordial with his attorney. It was rejected.

Central Texas News Now will continue to vigorously investigate the actions of the Connally ISD administration regarding the hiring of Simpson.

It has been more than six months since Connally ISD Police Chief Ronnie Price started the investigation into Simpson's actions at Connally Junior High School. According to the DA's office, he has still not presented his findings.

25 Investigates will keep you updated on air and online with the latest.


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