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Update: Ex-Southlake principal successfully appeals state reprimand over preparing students for TAKS

Updated: Andra Barton successfully appealed this case, and the state's reprimand was reversed by the Texas Supreme Court in 2013.

SOUTHLAKE -- Old Union Elementary School principal Andra Barton has resigned after being told that she would likely lose her job, officials said.

Barton stepped down at 9 a.m. Thursday after learning of preliminary findings of a Carroll district investigation related to last month's Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills reading test at Old Union, said Julie Thannum, Carroll spokeswoman said.

"The preliminary findings identify actions that violated state testing procedures and federal special education laws," Thannum said. "She was notified [on Thursday] that she would be proposed for termination. She resigned instead."

The Carroll school district's law firm met with Barton and her attorney late Wednesday and went over a preliminary report of the investigation findings. Barton and her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.

Barton had been the principal at Old Union since the school opened in 2001.

Officials expect to share the preliminary report with the Carroll school board at a meeting Monday, Thannum said.

Carroll administrators plan to submit a formal report and a corrective action plan to the Texas Education Agency next week, Thannum said.

Attorneys for the school district launched an investigation after concerns were brought to district administrators on Feb. 8 about the school's record-keeping and work environment. Barton has not been on campus since March 13, when Lori Allison, the district’s coordinator of curriculum and instruction for kindergarten through fifth grade, was assigned to work at the school.

Third-graders at Old Union Elementary took the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills reading exam on March 5. All passed, according to the Texas Education Agency.

The Carroll district and its 11 campuses, including Old Union Elementary, are rated exemplary on the state's four-tier accountability scale based on student performance on the TAKS.






Andra Barton

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University; master’s degree from Texas Christian University; doctoral degree from Baylor University. Career: Started teaching sixth grade in 1992 in Odessa, earned Sally Mae Award for First Year Teacher of the Year. Later taught at Blue Hazel Elementary School in White Settlement and West Hurst Elementary School in H-E-B. She joined Carroll in 1996 as an assistant principal at Carroll Elementary School and became Old Union Elementary School’s first principal when it opened in 2001.






Also online: www.southlakecarroll.edu

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