Austin P-B reporter Kay Fate called interim Lyle Schools Superintendent Jim Dusso (on his cellphone) a few days ago and this is how the conversation went:
Dusso: This is Jim.
Fate: Hi, Jim, this is Kay Fate calling from the Austin Post-Bulletin. I was wondering, I just received today, someone faxed me a copy of the no confidence letter and said that...
Dusso: Kay, Kay, I can save both of us a problem, OK?
Dusso: I prefer you didn't call me, I find much of what you're doing harassment, I'm not going to respond to anything, so I'm just not going to respond, and please do not call me back at any time, for any reason. Thank you.
Then he hung up.
Again, Dusso is the superintendent of schools in Lyle, on an interim basis, as well as the high school principal.
I understand that Dusso and others are frustrated with the situation in Lyle, but for the top official in a public school district to accuse a reporter of harassing him with routine calls for comment, to say "do not call me back at any time, for any reason," and then to hang up is unprofessional and, for Lyle residents, not helpful.
We're doing our best to report the Lyle story as fully as possible, but it's pretty hard to do when the superintendent and just about all board members have circled the wagons and won't respond to phone calls for information and comment.