Former Maud administrator and coach is now under investigation by the Texas Education Agency

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By Kenny Mitchell

Questions still surround the dismissal of former Maud High School Principal Scott Sanders, weeks after he reached an agreement with the school district to leave his employment there.
The Tribune submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to Superintendent Chris Bradshaw on March 13, 2018, asking specifically for, “Any and all documents pertaining to the resignation of former Maud High School Principal Scott Sanders, including the financial terms of his resignation.”
On Monday of this week, the Tribune received a copy of a letter sent to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, asking the AG for an opinion in regard to the matter.
The letter, sent to the AG by the Law Firm of Powell and Leon, references several reasons why the Maud ISD should not have to turn over the requested documents, including the fact that the Texas Education Agency has also requested similar documents from the school district.
The letter from Powell and Leon states, “On March 23, 2018, the District received notice and subpoena from the TEA of a pending investigation of alleged educator misconduct related to Burton S. (Scott) Sanders. Because the information requested by Mr. Mitchell has been requested by the TEA and is a part of the TEA’s investigation, the District submits the information is exempt under Texas Government Code 552.16 and Tex. Edu. Code 21.062. On April 2, 2018, the District notified the TEA of Mr. Mitchell’s Public Information Act request and its right to submit arguments to this Office as to why the requested information should not be released under Texas Government Code 552.304.” 
The letter also reveals a portion of what the TEA asked the district for in relation to Sanders, citing their request for “…any and all employment documents related to your employment of the above-named educator…including employment contracts, any suspensions or breaks in employment, terminations, and resignations…including employment settlement agreements and “other documents.”  

Sanders was placed on administrative leave in February pending an investigation and then reached an agreement with Maud ISD School Board to sever his employment mid-March of this year.
At the time of the agreement, the status of Sanders’ teaching certificate showed to be still valid with no indication of an investigation pending, despite the accusations of his failure to report alleged wrongdoings by a former coach. 
That has now changed, as his teaching credentials are flagged by the TEA with a note stating, “This individual is currently under review by the TEA Educator Investigations Division.”

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