by BRAD ROLLINS
School district officials are asking Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to bless their decision to keep secret a report detailing an independent investigation into the fiasco surrounding the selection of San Marcos High School cheerleaders.
The San Marcos CISD school board commissioned the report on May 12 after hearing three formal complaints lodged against trustee Paul Mayhew, who asked Superintendent Mark Eads to intervene when Mayhew’s daughter lost her position on a varsity cheer team downsized from 12 to eight members. While asserting that the selection process was not manipulated to ensure certain hopefuls were kept off the team, as Mayhew seems to suggest, Eads ordered high school officials to maintain a 12-member varsity squad, a decision that made room for Mayhew’s daughter and three other students.
Former San Antonio ISD deputy superintendent Peggy L. Stark-Wilson spent more than 60 hours interviewing parties to the dispute, preparing a report on her findings and presenting it trustees at a total cost of $8,343, according to an invoice obtained by the San Marcos Mercury through open records law. That figure does not include legal expenses the superintendent and board of trustees incurred during consultations with J. Cruz & Associates, a Laredo law firm on retainer as the school district’s de facto general counsel.
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