Aquino, the Superintendent of San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), has vowed to diligently investigate and rectify the underlying causes of the recent crisis that resulted in the closure of nearly all SAISD campuses. In an effort to shed light on the matter, Aquino has also pledged to collaborate with an external investigative team to thoroughly examine the event.
The repercussions of the widespread system failures that plagued SAISD this week continue to reverberate throughout the community. Concerned parents shared photographic evidence with KENS 5, revealing classroom thermostats displaying temperatures as low as the 40s. Furthermore, KENS 5 has learned that several top administrative staff members have tendered their resignations as a direct consequence of these system failures.
An internal staff email, obtained exclusively by KENS 5, unveils Aquino’s unwavering commitment to transparency and honesty. When assuming his role, Aquino promised to fulfill three crucial obligations. Firstly, SAISD will only reopen schools when staff members are confident that classrooms are fully prepared. Secondly, administrators and technicians will diligently identify and rectify the root causes of this crisis, including the establishment of an external investigative team that will ultimately publish a comprehensive report on the breakdown. Lastly, district leaders will take full responsibility for the blunders that occurred during this tumultuous week.
Aquino emphasized the importance of fulfilling these promises, stating, “Our families rely on us to be open, and we are duty-bound to be there for them.” Reflecting on the conditions under which the district operated during this challenging period, Aquino described them as inadequate. He attributed the failures to a combination of human error, faulty equipment, and being underfunded by the state, which ultimately led to a severe breakdown in the heating systems.
While expressing deep remorse and gratitude towards the staff and their unwavering dedication, Aquino stressed that apologies alone are insufficient. Consequently, he accepted the resignations of Deputy Superintendent Ken Thompson and Chief of Operations Mike Eaton, acknowledging their significant contributions while recognizing that the current situation stems from various issues, including aging infrastructure, system failures, and inadequate funding from the state.
Aquino’s determination to uncover the root causes of the crisis and his commitment to transparency and rectification are indicative of his resolve to restore confidence in the SAISD community. As the investigation ensues, the district hopes to learn from this experience and implement necessary measures to prevent a recurrence of such detrimental system failures in the future.