PORT ARTHUR - By Megan Dillard - The Port Arthur school board met tonight with a different person filling in for the superintendent.
Dr. Johnny Brown has been absent from work for more than two weeks.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie has taken over the duties for now.
The board met behind closed doors tonight as part of the district's regular meeting.
The superintendent was not at the meeting.
The board was tight-lipped about Dr. Brown's whereabouts and would not elaborate on his absence.
The superintendent has not been at work for the past two weeks and we could not get a specific answer as to why.
Board President Lloyd Marie Johnson called the meeting to order then announced the board would meet in closed session.
Trustees met in behind closed doors for more than an hour before moving on with the open meeting.
The agenda said the board would "consider personnel matters" and "deliberate the performance, evaluation, and job duties" of the superintendent.
Dr. Porterie and board members would not comment on Dr. Brown's absence.
The district's attorney, Melody Chappell, said, "I think everything's running smoothly. Dr. Porterie has been with the school district for a long time. He's the current deputy superintendent. I think he's doing a good job stepping into Dr. Brown's shoes. Of course, we're all missing Dr. Brown, but I think Dr. Porterie is holding it together pretty nicely."
The district's attorney said Dr. Brown is available for the district and the board during his absence.
He is getting paid while he is out and the attorney said there are no signs that his contract is affected.
The district hopes to resolve this matter soon.