Superintendent Michael Hinojosa addressed the small crowd at Bryan Adams High School and took some pointed questions.
"It's a big system and I don't want to stand up here and make excuses," he said. "I'm just as embarrassed as you are about some of the things that show up."
After a season of scandal some - like a former DISD teacher who was in attendance - were waiting for him.
"I want to know why things are still in this culture of corruption. Why things have not changed - I don't see why things here haven't changed," said Sara Mokuria, a former teacher.
Board trustee Leigh Ann Ellis hosted the meeting. Fellow members Jerome Garza and Ron Price also attended.
One Parent said, "I'm hoping that coming here will give him a clearer picture and an opportunity to hear from the community, and for him to hear from us as well," said Aida Boyce, a parent of two DISD students.
Hinojosa talked about changes coming to the finance department - where the district says miscommunication led to the layoffs of hundreds of teachers earlier this year.
"We're going to put a lot more horsepower in the finance office and you're going to be seeing some postings that are going up for positions that are going to be re-engineered in the finance department," Hinojosa said.
Board members also say the deficit that caused all the layoffs this year may be closer to $30 million, rather than the $84 million originally believed.
DISD superintendent takes your questions
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