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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is considering charging the former director of NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The former high school principal who was at the center of a controversy in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will attend a school board meeting Monday.

The district is considering Dr. to sue James Whitfield for legal fees, who sued them in 2023 for breaching a confidentiality agreement. Whitfield lost, and now the district could ask Whitfield to pay their legal bills.

It all started in 2021. Colleyville Heritage High School principal James Whitfield was accused by a group of parents of racist division in his school district and promoting a woke agenda.

In a 2021 interview with NBC 5, Whitfield said the district failed to defend him against the attacks, even ordering him to delete photos of him and his wife on a beach on social media.

Whitfield said in our interview that GCISD told him they had complaints about their parents’ photos.

After several board meetings pitting Whitfield’s supporters and opponents against each other, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Whitfield parted ways. In a settlement agreement, they agreed not to defame each other.

Then new board member Tammy Nakamura spoke at a Republican town hall meeting, where, according to a legal complaint filed by Whitfield, she called him an activist and spoke about his personnel file. He sued and lost.

Now Grapevine Colleyville ISD will consider going after Whitfield to pay their legal bills to defend themselves in the lawsuit he filed on behalf of good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

GCISD has struggled to heal since the Whitfield situation.

A 2023 district survey found that 5% of respondents thought the district was moving in the wrong direction. In May 2024, school board members with opposing views were elected, each by narrow margins. This shows that the district is almost evenly divided in terms of leadership.