New Kirbyville superintendent talks about past controversy in Bryan ISD

The Kirbyville school board has officially hired a new superintendent.

Trustees named Dr. Thomas Wallis the lone finalist three weeks ago. Thursday night, the board unanimously hired him for the top job in the Kirbyville CISD.

Dr. Wallis was a principal in Ft. Bend County, but before that, he served as superintendent in Bryan ISD.

Rusty Surette with KBTX TV did an investigation and reported that Wallis was forced out in Bryan when the board learned he had applied for more than a dozen jobs after he was given a raise and contract extension in 2016.

Surette also reported district policies in Bryan were changed after Wallis spent hundreds of taxpayer dollars to rent a sports car during a business trip to Salt Lake City in 2015.

The station says when it asked the Kirbyville CISD board president if he was aware of the controversy, he said he was, and added that they'd vetted Wallis and were excited to have him join their team.

KFDM asked Dr. Wallis about the reports when we spoke with him Thursday night.

"What previous media outlets have tried to look at has nothing to do with our separation agreement with me and Bryan," said Dr. Wallis. "It has nothing to do with our litigation. Nothing."

Surette reports Wallis recently filed a lawsuit against the Texas Attorney General's Office and Bryan ISD in order to keep public records about his employment there from being released to the media. He says a decision is expected sometime this fall.

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