Heath Burns' Thursday arrest resulted in him withdrawing from the Blooming Grove ISD superintendent selection.
Burns, former superintendent of Abilene ISD who resigned in February, turned himself in to authorities on a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance by fraud charge.
Several Abilene community members and school employees submitted recommendation letters to Blooming Grove ISD.
Since the arrest, did anyone change their opinion on the former superintendent?
One Abilene ISD school board member was active on the board when Burns was hired.
Robert Laird, secretary of Abilene ISD's Board of Trustees, said he doesn't believe the board should have done anything differently in hiring Burns because, at the time, everything checked out.
"When we looked at him, he was very, very qualified and an outstanding candidate," Laird said. "He did a very good job for us for the time he was here as far as what we hired him for."
Laird also said his opinion of Burns has not changed. He said he realizes people have different struggles.
"Knowing a lot of people in healthcare and the problems that can occur, this doesn't really change my opinion of him. I just felt very sad that this is an ongoing problem," Laird said.
What about that $407,500 settlement that Burns received as part of his resignation agreement? Will the school try to get that money back in light of what's happened?
"I think contractually we would have a difficult time getting it back," Laird said. "We can sue. We can look at suing, but basically what you'd be doing is looking at taking money from one person and giving it to lawyers."
Laird said they want to learn from the past and be careful when searching for their next superintendent.
The board is currently looking at different ways to check into the backgrouns of prospective superintendents.