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Longview ISD superintendent candidate no stranger to controversy

Longview ISD superintendent candidate no stranger to controversy
Longview News-Journal
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 8:48am

Longview ISD’s school board president said Tuesday he isn’t concerned about the controversial past that is following the district’s lone superintendent finalist.

Horace Williams, Longview ISD’s candidate as its next chief, has a past that includes allegations of harassment by former employers, that he hired employees with criminal backgrounds, that he left his prior school district amid a sexual assault scandal involving teachers and students, or that his last employer owed $4.5 million to the state at the time of his departure.

“I hope we as a board make our decisions based on fact and not hearsay,” board member Troy Simmons said. “So far the facts around Mr. Williams are few but the allegations are numerous. I try to only deal with factual evidence.”

Longview ISD named Williams its lone superintendent finalist on May 21. The district is legally required to wait 21 days before approving a contract. The 21-day waiting period ends today, but there is not a meeting scheduled to consider a contract.

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