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Judge rules in Kirbyville superintendent contempt of court case; will make another ruling

Judge rules in Kirbyville superintendent contempt of court case; will make another ruling

A Travis County district judge says no one person will be held in contempt of court for leaking a controversial document citing ethical complaints against Kirbyville schools superintendent Dr.. Tommy Wallis.

However, the judge will decide next week if Bryan ISD as an entity is in contempt.

Depending on the judge's ruling, Bryan ISD could be forced to pay more than $19,000 in legal fees to Dr. Tommy Wallis.

Before his job in Kirbyville, Wallis was superintendent in Bryan, and left under a cloud of suspicion.

Wallis has spent an overall total of $53,000 in legal fees fighting to keep his personnel records from being released to the public.

Wallis has even sued the Texas Attorney General.

The Travis County judge is upset that some records were released despite a temporary injunction to keep them sealed until a hearing in October.

Some concerned Kirbyville resident were in Austin for today's proceedings.

"It's a waste of taxpayer money," said Michelle Mauer with the group Community for Change. "There (were) nine attorneys, and I just think that he's trying to do everything and anything he can to hide any information."



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