Seminole ISD superintendent facing DWI charge, job evaluation

Seminole ISD superintendent facing DWI charge, job evaluation

SEMINOLE, TX (KWES) - Seminole Independent School District (SISD) administrators listened to budget concerns from taxpayers and evaluated Superintendent Gary Laramore's work performance Monday evening during a regular board meeting.

Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint last week with the Gaines County Clerk's Office charging the superintendent with drunk driving. Laramore declined to comment.

Authorities said the superintendent was pulled over in October while driving a district-owned vehicle. Forensic evidence later revealed he had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.186, according to investigators.

If convicted of DWI, a class B misdemeanor, Laramore faces up to 180 days in county jail.

Monday night's job evaluation was part of an annual, state-mandated review process, according to board members, and was not the result of Laramore's legal woes.

However, his district employment contract lists more than 15 causes for dismissal, including "drunkenness or excessive use of alcoholic beverages" and "failure to meet the district's standards of professional conduct."

Laramore's employment evaluation was conducted behind closed doors and lasted more than three hours. Administrators had not yet reached a decision regarding the extension of his contract at 11 p.m.

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