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Uvalde CISD board names interim superintendent

UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde CISD board members met Wednesday behind closed doorways for greater than two hours to resolve on an interim superintendent after accepting Superintendent Hal Harrell’s retirement announcement final week.

The board named Gary Patterson because the interim superintendent whereas the board-approved legislation agency Walsh Gallegos works to discover a everlasting alternative for Harrell.

Patterson will begin pending Harrell’s retirement.

Patterson served as superintendent for East Central ISD in San Antonio for 14 years and retired in 2014. According to a launch from Lake Dallas ISD, he has served as interim superintendent for a number of faculty districts in Texas.

Why it’s vital

  • District neighborhood members are divided on their help for Harrell following the May 24 capturing at Robb Elementary that claimed the lives of 19 college students and two academics.

  • Victims’ relations have demanded extra transparency from the district following legislation enforcement’s (together with UCISD PD) 77-minute delay in response in the course of the mass capturing.
  • The retirement announcement got here simply 4 days after Uvalde CISD fired a brand new officer who was a former Texas DPS trooper below investigation for her response to the college capturing. Crimson Elizondo was one of many troopers at Robb Elementary on May 24. Body digicam footage captured her saying “If my son had been in there, I would not have been outside. I promise you that.”

The larger image

Wednesday’s meeting kicked off with a public remark section that rapidly acquired heated, with relations of Robb Elementary victims pissed off over the district’s lack of motion.

Rosemberg Risa, who spoke throughout public remark, requested that somebody outdoors of district be utilized to hire a brand new superintendent and interim superintendent.

Amerie Jo Garza’s maternal grandmother, Dora Mendoza, was visibly upset in the course of the commotion. She advised board members her granddaughter was braver than the officers who responded to the capturing.

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Some of these in attendance additionally known as for JJ Suarez, a board member and police officer, to resign from his position.

After public remark, the board convened behind closed doorways for over two hours to interview two candidates for the interim superintendent position earlier than selecting Gary Patterson.

Last Week’s Meeting

As the Uvalde CISD faculty board met to just accept Superintendent Harrell’s retirement on Oct. 10, a number of the households of Robb sufferer’s expressed that they felt heartbroken that their neighborhood by no means confirmed this sort of help for them.

When extra folks attended final Monday’s meeting in comparison with different conferences, Robb victims’ relations stated it ripped at their wounds.

Tiffany Massey and Nicole Ogburn are each academics within the Uvalde CISD. They taught 4th grade at Robb Elementary and had been there on May 24. They went to the board meeting final week in help of Harrell.

“Just to show that we love him and that we support him,” Ogburn stated.

”I don’t know another outlet that that they had that was that true and trustworthy and only a good man who actually wished to do the suitable factor,” Massey stated.

Victims’ households and their supporters quietly filed contained in the small boardroom meeting final week as they’ve performed for 4 and a half months.

“Twenty-one murdered teachers and students wasn’t enough to outrage our Uvalde Strong community. But your retirement is. You’re very blessed,” Berlinda Arreola, Amerie Jo’s grandma stated.

Kimberly Rubio, the mom of Lexi Rubio, spoke concerning the damage attributable to the neighborhood directing hatred towards grieving households over a choice Harrell acknowledged he made himself.

“How dare you decide now, when a job is at stake, to come together? But you stay home as we, the families, have been demanding transparency and accountability. How dare you attack those of us who lost our children in the worst way possible,” Rubio stated in the course of the meeting.

Some of the households of the victims advised KSAT they by no means wished Harrell to retire within the first place.

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