The Texas Education Agency Grants Burnham Wood Charter School District 10 more years
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded Burnham Wood Charter School District a second 10-year renewal contract and found no violation of fiduciary duty by the Board of Trustees in the 2006 purchase of a school campus.
The renewal contract received by the District runs from 2016 through 2026. Burnham Wood opened in 1998 as El Paso’s first charter school, and the District currently operates three schools.
Superintendent and founder, Iris Burnham, said, “This award demonstrates confidence and recognition by TEA for the fine work our schools are doing for the El Paso community.”
Since 2009, the District’s Board of Trustees had persistently disputed TEA’s statements that the Board violated its fiduciary duty when it agreed to purchase the current Howard Burnham Elementary School campus, as well as its conclusion that the Superintendent and her daughter, Esther Burnham (formerly Esther Furrer) the previous Assistant Superintendent of Finance, had a conflict of interest. The TEA recently reversed its findings and upheld the Board’s assertions that it operated correctly in its transactions.