La Vernia ISD superintendent is taking a medical leave of absence

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Saying the past several months have taken a toll on his health, the La Vernia ISD superintendent is taking a medical leave of absence.

Dr. Trent Lovette had been accused of inappropriately touching a high school cheerleader during a football game back in August. She told police that Lovette rubbed his hand across her back.

There was an investigation by Family Protective Services that cleared Lovette but police continue  investigating the complaint.

During Monday night’s special school board meeting, Lovette made a statement, saying not being able to respond the allegations against him has been difficult.

He went on to say he wouldn’t use the opportunity to lash out against those who worked to end his service in La Vernia ISD and that he will “focus on the date which allowed him to stay resolute in the face of religious attacks against me.”

Lovette asked for and received a medical leave of absence.

“My leave will be effective immediately, at present I am not in condition to  be the effective leader this district needs and deserves, during this time away I will focus on restoring my health and working to heal my family of the deep wounds from the allegations and attacks against me.”

Dr. Toni Reister-Wood will fill in as interim superintendent while Lovette is on leave.

Lovette was hired by the district in March of 2018.

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