State Sen. Jose Menéndez, in a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, has asked for information about what he described as “allegations of criminal activity” at Edgewood Independent School District.

The district did investigate an employee of its police department for working on a side business, but didn’t consider it criminal, an Edgewood spokeswoman, Keyhla Calderon-Lugo, said Tuesday.

“The individual immediately resigned upon the commencement of the investigation,” the district said in a statement.

Menéndez’s letter, dated Friday, was part of the continuing fallout from Morath’s removal last week of Amanda Gonzalez from the state-appointed board of managers that oversees Edgewood. Gonzalez has said she believes she was replaced because she questioned the district’s hiring, without a board vote, of an outside law firm to conduct the investigation of the police department.

Gonzalez said the Edgewood police department employee who was under investigation had been operating a private surveillance company while on the clock at the district job.

“I think they just wanted to put this under the rug and they didn’t appreciate the whistle blower approach,” she said.

Gonzalez said she was given no explanation why she was removed. She was among five board members appointed in March, 2016, to take over the district from elected trustees paralyzed by 3-3 voting factions that prevented them from filling a vacant board seat or hiring key personnel.

Menéndez’s letter asked if video records of board meetings had been edited and whether the board had voted during work sessions instead of at open meetings.

He also wanted to know if it was standard practice for the TEA to notify elected officials about Gonzalez’s ouster almost a week before it notified Gonzalez herself.

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