CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The superintendent of a struggling South Texas school district has been suspended after he was arrested and accused of possessing marijuana.

Premont school district Superintendent Eric Ramos was put on paid administrative leave Friday following his arrest, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/2bOdNZp ) reported.

The Duval County Sheriff’s Office says Ramos was charged with suspicion of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana following a routine traffic stop Thursday evening.

The school district, in a rural farming community about 70 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, has been in danger of losing its accreditation due to poor academic performance. In 2012, the school district cut its sports programs to focus on academics. Last month, the district found it had met academic standards for the first time since 2011.

Ramos, 52, who was released after posting a $250 bond, told the newspaper in a text message he was “completely ashamed and embarrassed” by his arrest.

“We have worked so hard to bring the district up to standards. This type of publicity is the last thing I would want for this special community,” Ramos said.

School board president Michelle McCleery said in a statement “it is in the district’s best interest to relieve (Ramos) from his duties on a temporary basis in order that an acting superintendent can perform the duties of the superintendent and focus strictly on the needs of our students.”

Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez alleged that during Thursday’s traffic stop, Ramos tossed a plastic bag as he stepped out of his car. The bag allegedly contained marijuana, four packs of rolling paper and a grinding device.

In November, the Texas Education Agency announced it was revoking the school district’s accreditation. The action was put on hold until preliminary academic and financial accountability ratings were released last month.

Ramos became interim superintendent in December 2014 and in February the board voted in favor of appointing him permanently to the job.


Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com