HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- We are less than one month away from the Texas Education Agency taking over HISD with a new superintendent and board of directors, and more district resignations are coming.
Of the 11 members of the superintendent's cabinet, four have resigned since the takeover was formally announced in March.
Chief Engagement Officer Max Moll's last day was April 5.
He told Eyewitness News that part of the reason he left is because Superintendent Millard House will be replaced.
According to the district, Chief Talent Officer Jeremy Grant-Skinner's last day will be June 1.
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Chief of Schools Denise Watts will be leaving on June 15.
And, perhaps the most widely recognized face in the cabinet, Pedro "Pete" Lopez, who has served as chief of HISD police since May 2020, will be leaving the district.
He's accepted a job as chief of police about three hours from Houston, in Killeen, Texas, starting June 5.
Superintendent House's last day at HISD is May 31.
"Who is it going to be? We have asked Commissioner Morath," Jackie Anderson, the president of the Houston Teachers Federation, said. "He said he hasn't made a decision. We have asked who is going to be on the board of managers. He said he has not made the appointments, but here we are in May, and these people are supposed to step into office June 1. Who are they, and where are they coming from?"
According to the TEA, whoever is appointed as the new superintendent and board of managers will serve for at least two years.
Officials have no update on their search.
"At the board level, they are the ultimate leadership in the organization," said Dr. Duncan Klussmann, a former superintendent who is now with the University of Houston College of Education. "The superintendent is the day-to-day runner and manager and leader of the organization. Those individuals in those roles need to function really well for the system to function well."
An HISD spokesperson told Eyewitness News the cabinet positions will not be filled until at least June.
"They really need to be ready to hit the road running on June 1 so really that uncertainty will start to go away, and they can get a sense of how the organization is going to run," Klussmann said.
"It trickles down to the teachers, which will eventually affect the students," Anderson said. "As with any new administration, there are changes, and at this point, we don't even know who the administration is going to be."
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