Former GISD administrator will continue to get paid

December 28, 2013

Granbury school district taxpayers are having to pay the salary of an administrator who no longer works for the district, according to documents obtained by the Hood County News through an open records request.

Former Acton Middle School Assistant Principal John Hohnstreiter was placed on paid leave in November. The school did not say why.

Earlier this month Hohnstreiter submitted his resignation. The school agreed to pay Hohnstreiter his salary plus benefits through the 2013-14 school year.

The salary for the rest of the school year amounts to about $40,000.

According to a Dec. 16 school board-approved agreement, which was signed by Hohnstreiter, a district administrator would contact Hohnstreiter to arrange a time to have the former administrator collect his personal belongings at AMS.

“At that time,” the agreement said, “Hohnstreiter may take photographs of the vault area that is related to the pending allegations. This authorization is limited only to the vault area where the campus safe is located.”

No other details about the safe were listed in the agreement.

However, the agreement included this portion:

“By entering into this Agreement, neither party is admitting to any liability or wrongdoing.”

Hohnstreiter’s wife, Melissa Hohnstreiter, posted on her Facebook page that her husband was accused of stealing $200 to $300. She said her husband has an “impeccable reputation” and “my husband has been accused with no proof of taking PTO money.

“Instead of investigating the person who took the money box out of the building, it’s easier to accuse an honest man who is revered, loved and respected … the thief still exists … nobody’s job is safe!”

The agreement also said the superintendent made a report to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) at the Texas Education Agency “of the allegations that are the basis of the pending dispute between the parties … Hohnstreiter further acknowledges that sanctions against his certificate may result as a consequence of such report and subsequent investigation by SBEC, if any.”

Hohnstreiter said his attorney advised him not to comment about the situation.

Hohnstreiter was teacher of the year at the high school before moving to AMS. He is a former Indiana high school basketball coach.

Crossland Ninth-Grade Center Assistant Principal John Dafoe will move to AMS when classes resume Jan. 6. Crossland will have one assistant principal.

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