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Uvalde CISD interim superintendent shares plans for district moving forward

UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde CISD’s interim superintendent spoke with KSAT 12 about his new function within the district after the board appointed him at their final meeting on Oct. 19.

Gary Patterson’s official begin date was Tuesday, Nov. 1. However, he stated former superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell has been displaying him the ropes for the previous 10 days, taking him to campuses and introducing him to employees.

Patterson has been in training for 44 years now. For the previous few years, he has labored with Walsh Gallegos to be positioned in numerous districts all through our space as an interim superintendent.

Patterson stated when he heard Dr. Harrell could be retiring, he requested to be introduced into Uvalde CISD.

“It’s not about trying to fill certain shoes. It’s a transition for the district and the community, transition for many years of Dr. Harrell to now a new administration moving forward,” Patterson stated.

Patterson stated he is aware of lots of work have to be finished to revive belief within the district after the lethal taking pictures at Robb Elementary on May 24 and within the 5 months which have adopted.

One of his important focuses moving forward is transparency.

In that gentle, he shared an replace on the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s administration and organizational assessment of the district police division that was introduced on Aug. 29. Patterson stated that it’s near completion and can assist the district with its police division moving forward.

“It’s a building plan. This is where you should start with, and this is everything you need to have in place. And this is what it should look like in six months, and in a year, and in two years, and building blocks all around from everything from a campus resource officer to how we involve the entire community in what we are doing,” Patterson stated.

The district police division has been suspended since October seventh following the hiring of Crimson Elizondo, a former DPS trooper who was underneath investigation for her function at Robb Elementary.

“You build it carefully. You know, we we we look for a chief that can lead the department,” he stated.

Patterson explains he’ll personally oversee the hiring of every officer whereas utilizing steerage from the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

He additionally shared that he has had no contact with Pete Arredondo, the previous district police chief who was fired on August twenty fourth.

Two separate opinions are occurring.

James McLaughlin will conduct one of many opinions. The audit and analysis of the district police have been introduced on Aug. 22.

The different is an unbiased assessment by JPPI, the identical agency employed by the town to analyze Uvalde Police Department.

Patterson didn’t have an replace on these investigations, however he stated he would get one as quickly as potential.

Another focus for Patterson moving forward is rebuilding a number of the lost belief and religion with the households of the 21 Robb Elementary taking pictures victims.

A bunch of them is meeting with Patterson to speak about what they need moving forward.

“They’ll never hear me say, I understand how you feel or I know what you’re going through because I don’t. I can’t, but I can listen,” he stated.

Patterson is aware of he’s in for an uphill battle in relation to Uvalde CISD.

“We can provide communication, transparency, we can provide that, and maybe some common ground can start coming together,” Patterson stated. “We can start rebuilding some trust.”

The mutual understanding of belief and sense of safety was shattered locally on May twenty fourth.

“We can build trust, trust will bring respect for each other’s views. Respect will then help restore a little more civil discourse in some of those meetings,” he stated.

Under his short-term management, Patterson hopes to revive unity and make Uvalde Strong greater than only a saying.

“I do understand the anger and the frustration that comes along with it. But, you know, it’s a strong community and we need to continue to build on that and not get fractured,” Patterson stated.

Patterson says he’s working carefully with the committee shaped to build a brand new elementary faculty, they’ll have a public meeting to debate their progress on November 14th.

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