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Arlington trustees want to meet with lawyers about superintendent

ARLINGTON -- Arlington school trustees have scheduled a special meeting Monday to confer with lawyers and discuss issues surrounding new Superintendent Hector Montenegro.

According to the one-page agenda for the meeting, trustees will go into executive session to consult "with general counsel and special counsel to seek and receive legal advice concerning Superintendent's compliance with state laws and District requirements concerning honorariums, travel expenses and other expenses, and deliberation of Superintendent personnel matters as authorized under Texas Government Code Section 551.074(a)(1) which statute provides for the deliberation of the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee."

Last month, trustees ordered Montenegro to detail any honorariums or other outside compensation he has received since taking the district's top job Feb. 1. Montenegro has since returned $8,678 in honorariums, he and his lawyer have said.

A 2007 state law makes it a Class A misdemeanor for superintendents to receive payments or items of value from school district vendors or those who want to do business with the district.

Documents Montenegro turned over to the school board also showed that he charged at least $5,000 on his school district credit card for expenses related to educational conferences he attended in February and March as a keynote speaker or panelist. Montenegro has said those expenses, which included a $3,000 dinner for 37 people, are "very common practice."

Trustees have also given Montenegro a July 21 deadline to turn over documents describing his relationships with seven education organizations.

This story is developing, check back for details.

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