There are now 12 candidates for the Mt Vernon School Board. Incumbent Allison Rios filed on the final day for filing. There are three seats on the board on the May 6th ballot. The Mt Vernon school district is experiencing a divided board and community as they approach the election.
The 12 who have filed include incumbents Rios, Marie Latortue, and Steve Asay. Also filing are Mellisa Donavant, Brook Bussell, Josh Jordan, Sal LeBlanc, Colin Clasby, Jeremey Monroe, Claudio Telles, Bill Travis, and Lyle Swavel.
In the hurricane of conflict that is creating upheaval within their school district, the Lady Tiger basketball and golf coach Brad Floyd and Athletic Director Joe Thomas find themselves at odds with School Superintendent Dr. Gregg Weiss (weese). The school is under UIL scrutiny due to an investigation into a “secret account” in violation UIL rules. . The case has been before the State Exec Committee and a meeting was held on February 15. The information regarding the case was initiated by the superintendent. In that hearing, Mount Vernon High School and the two Mount Vernon coaches were found to have violated rules related to off-season and non-school participation regulations. Coach Floyd was issued a public reprimand, three years’ probation, a suspension for the first five games of next basketball season and required additional training of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. Coach Thomas was issued a public reprimand, one-year probation and required additional training of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. Mount Vernon High School was issued a public reprimand and two years’ probation.