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Ex-Waxahachie official leads intervention team

The Ellis County Press

LANCASTER- The Lancaster Independent School District school board will be meeting on two different occasions Thursday, Dec.18, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to discuss who will be replacing former superintendent Dr. Larry Lewis.

The school board agreed to fire Lewis on Nov. 18 in a 4-2 vote after an investigative report from an outside investigator found Lewis to be unfit for his position.

According to sources inside the school district, Bobby Parker, former superintendent for Waxahachie ISD from 1998-2005, and assistant superintendent Eugene Young of LISD are being discussed as replacements.

They both serve on the school intervention team for Lancaster High School, which has been ranked Academically Unacceptable by the Texas Education Agency two years in a row.

The second year of the intervention focuses on the reconstitution which is the improvement process of low-performing areas and creating a framework the campus will use as a guide for implementing activities.

Ted Kerr, with the department of program monitoring and interventions at the TEA office in Austin said "The school board proposes the candidates and we review and approve who is appointed. The school district is the one who pays their salary."

Young was implicated in investigative attorney Harold Jones' report issued by the district for taking and approving illegal loans.

Meanwhile, Parker's tenure at WISD was contentious and controversial. Under his guidance, the following occurred and was reported only by The Ellis County Press:

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