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The Arizona School District has revoked Nate Carman’s superintendent contract

Former Socorro Independent School District Superintendent Nate Carman will no longer take the reins of an Arizona school district after the school board there withdrew the offer Wednesday.

The board of the Higley Unified School District outside Phoenix voted unanimously to terminate Carman’s employment contract.

“During the superintendent hiring process we recently completed, applicants were asked to submit true, accurate and complete applications, including disclosing ongoing reviews of potential misconduct. They were specifically asked to explain any current or past situations that could impact their application,” Michelle Anderson, chair of the Higley USD board of directors, said in a statement from the board before the vote.

“The candidates were told that misrepresenting or omitting facts could lead to rejection or dismissal from employment. Dr. Carman did not disclose any material facts during the hiring process. The search agency we engaged did not bring these facts to our attention. If Dr. Carman had provided us with the correct and complete information, we would have made a different decision. In our opinion, his actions constitute just cause to terminate the employment contract,” Anderson said.

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This comes more than a month after Carman was placed on administrative leave from Socorro ISD after an outside forensic audit found he had awarded contracts to a company he had previously done business with before joining the district, posing a conflict of interest.

Carman has denied wrongdoing.

Carman was selected as superintendent of the Higley Unified School District in February and was scheduled to start the new job in June.

Socorro ISD began the search for a permanent replacement for Carman on April 24 after trustees voted unanimously to hire the Texas Association of School Boards to help the district find a new superintendent. TASB is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and training to school boards in Texas.

The Socorro ISD board on April 8 named Deputy Superintendent James Vasquez as acting superintendent while the district works to find a permanent leader.

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This article originally appeared in El Paso Times: Former SISD Superintendent Nate Carman’s Arizona job offer has been rescinded

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