TERRELL, Texas — The Terrell Independent School District board of trustees accepted their superintendent’s recommendation during last night’s regular scheduled board meeting for the proposed termination of Sharraine Williams, the district’s occupational therapist and Spirit Director.
Williams has been on paid administrative leave from her post since May 13, after the district says multiple stakeholders alleged various complaints of “unprofessional conduct and financial improprieties.” Williams position included director of the Tigerette Drill team, high school cheerleading and Special Olympics.
While Terrell ISD has been conducting its own administrative investigation, the Terrell ISD Police Department has also been conducting a separate investigation to determine whether or not William’s conduct was also criminal. The results of the criminal investigation will be turned over to the Kaufman County district attorney’s office upon completion.
According to a statement released to inForney.com by the district, “Based on the information gathered thus far, the Superintendent, is making the decision to recommend to the Board of Trustees that Ms. Williams’ contract be proposed for termination.”
Sources close to the investigation say that more than $50K of funds students and parents raised are still unaccounted for, however, the district would not confirm any specifics on the investigation.
The board of trustees’ Vice President, Reginald Williams, was not present for the voting procedure because Ms. Williams is his wife. Mr. Williams was first appointed to the board to represent Place 2 in 2007.
“I want everyone to know that we have not formally terminated Ms. Williams tonight,” Board President Dena Risinger said after the unanimous vote. “Rather, this is the process to initiate the proceedings. Ms. Williams has the right to request the Texas Education Agency to appoint an independent hearing examiner to hear the district’s evidence supporting the proposed termination.”
Any discussion of William’s replacement is still premature according to a district spokesperson. Williams has been with the district for 12 years.