President of the embattled DeSoto ISD losing by fewer than 10 votes. Will there be a recount?
- Written by Eva-Marie Ayala Eva-Marie Ayala
- Published: 05 May 2019 05 May 2019
DeSoto, TX - Voters upset about impending teacher cuts, the closing of a school and poor academics appear to have pushed the DeSoto school board president out of his post by a razor-thin margin.
But Carl Sherman Jr. was losing his reelection bid by only eight votes, according to unofficial results.
That could be grounds for a recount under state law. Additionally, it's unknown if there are any provisional or mail-in ballots remain uncounted.
Cynthia Watson Banks, a longtime special education aide in the district, held the narrow lead after midnight Sunday. Banks' sister, Sharon Sternes, served on the school board previously.
Sherman has been on the board since 2013. Meanwhile incumbent Kathy Goad handily won her reelection bid, according to the unofficial results. Goad has been on the board since 2016.
Tensions are high across DeSoto as the school district tries to untangle a financial mess. Trustees have already voted to temporarily close an elementary school. A vote to cut about 200 employees -- mostly teachers -- was delayed until after the election.
The district's dire finances have officials delaying debt payments and and looking for $20 million in savings in order to right DeSoto ISD.
Officials have said previous administrators had sloppy bookkeeping and mismanaged the district. DeSoto is also struggling academically as it is the only traditional district to receive a "D" accountability rating from the state last summer.
Source: Dallas Morning News