West Sabine superintendent responds to former principal's allegations

By Jeff Awtrey - email

Recent controversy from a paid advertisement in The Sabine County Reporter has led to a town hall meeting tomorrow night.

An ad paid for by former West Sabine principal Ronald Barlow alleges an arrest record with the superintendent, Travis Edwards. Barlow also alleges "corruption and tyranny engulfing West Sabine."

In response to the ad, Edwards sent an e-mail to his staff, telling them he would not respond to the allegations and is pursuing legal options to "those involved."

Concerned parents are holding a town hall meeting Thursday night at 6 at the Pineland Fire Hall.

In a phone call interview with KTRE, Edwards said he would not comment on Barlow's allegations, saying, "I don't comment on rantings of a disgruntled former employee."

In an e-mail to KTRE, a West Sabine ISD parent expressing hope that Edwards and another administrator would resign at tonight's school board meeting. Edwards said that would not happen.

In the e-mail to his staff, Edwards attaches a fact sheet documenting increased enrollment, financial facts and improved TAKS testing scores.

Full e-mail to staff from Edwards:

Good Afternoon! This is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. While we take this time of the year to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our teaching staff, we should pause to think how important Teachers are in the lives of the children that they are entrusted with on a daily basis. The influence that teachers have on their students almost equals that of their own parents. For some of our students, the influence of their teacher is greater than their parents. This was the case in my life as a student. Know this teachers - YOU ARE APPRECIATED - YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!

Recently there has been some negativity about WSISD floating around. Even some personal attacks have been launched. I will not respond to these personal attacks as I am pursuing my legal options against those involved. However, I feel obligated to stand up for our district. In an attempt to set the record straight, I have attached a list of facts for you to have. This list includes a great deal of significant accomplishments that are a direct result of your professionalism, commitment to students, and desire to do the best you can every day.

We are not a perfect district. But as a staff member of West Sabine ISD, you have a great deal to be proud of.  Don't let this negativity get you down.

With your help and commitment, we will continue to make strides in the  right direction.

Travis W. Edwards


West Sabine ISD

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