EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Nearly half of the nine school districts in a West Texas county are in search of new leadership as a result of cheating and financial abuse allegations as well as from retirements.

James Vasquez, executive director of Region 19, an extension of the Texas Education Agency, tells the El Paso Times he has never seen this many districts at once without top leaders.

Cheating scandals have rattled the El Paso and Canutillo school districts, where superintendents resigned while investigations unfolded.

The Tornillo school district put its superintendent on paid administrative leave after a state investigation of spending discrepancies.

Last week, the Clint school district superintendent - a former high-level administrator at the El Paso school district during its cheating scheme - announced he would retire in June.