Resignations bring dramatic close to July meeting

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Suzanne Blasingame & Dyde Manning III

Blasingame, Manning end lengthy WPISD tenures

Months of rumors swirling around the community regarding potential turnover in the upper reaches of the Wills Point ISD finally came to a head during the July 16 board of trustees meeting, with the announcement that Superintendent Suzanne Blasingame had tendered her resignation.

Moments after the news was announced, longtime trustee Dyde Manning III took the floor to voice his disappointment and frustration with the board’s actions. Manning offered his own resignation before abruptly walking out prior to the adjournment of the meeting.

Speculation about Blasingame’s position as the district’s superintendent had picked up in intensity in recent months despite the fact that trustees renewed her contract in January following an executive session item listed on the agenda as “Superintendent’s evaluation and contract.”

Just last month, a larger than usual summer crowd attended the June Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees meeting in part because another “superintendent’s evaluation” was listed as a discussion topic in executive session. 

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