Superintendent takes leave after Calhoun County ISD controversy

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

July 23, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.
Updated July 24, 2014 at 2:24 a.m.

Calhoun County school district Superintendent Billy Wiggins is on personal leave until Aug. 18.

The school board unanimously approved a personal leave of absence at its regular board meeting Wednesday, said Steve Marwitz, school board president.

Neither Marwitz nor the district's attorney would say why the leave was requested.

"Mr. Wiggins has several personal state leave days accumulated," said Anne Marie Odefey, the school district's attorney, in an email message. "It is not uncommon for any district administrator to request use of those days."

The leave of absence comes on the heels of a conflict of interest controversy involving school district money spent with a company that employs the superintendent's wife.

The Port Lavaca Police Department notified Wiggins about a warrant for his arrest for failure to file financial disclosures July 7.

It was rescinded by Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard on July 8.

Heard's subsequent investigation determined Wiggins did not commit a prosecutable offense.

The decision to grant the leave was discretionary, and the board voted to grant the request, Odefey said.

"It would be inappropriate for the district to disclose any information regarding the request for leave," Odefey said.

Jim Story, personnel director for the school district, has assumed the superintendent's duties for an additional $250 per day during his absence.

Story is a former superintendent and has no concerns about fulfilling the role, Odefey said.

"The board and administration are very hopeful that Mr. Wiggins will return to his position," Odefey said.



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