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Uvalde newest: School district appoints interim police chief

The transfer comes three months after embattled former district Police Chief Pete Arredondo was fired.

SAN ANTONIO — The turnover continues at Uvalde CISD, the place faculty board members on Wednesday evening permitted Josh Gutierrez because the district’s interim police chief. 

The improvement comes practically a month after the board put in interim Superintendent Gary Patterson, and three months after former Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo was fired following a summer time of intense scrutiny over his on-site management at Robb Elementary on May 25. A gunman was inside the varsity for over an hour on that day, finally killing 21 individuals, together with 19 kids. 

Former Superintendent Hal Harrell retired in October upon the varsity board’s appointing of Patterson, who has fostered a fame as a kind of fixer for Texas districts navigating turmoil. 

Patterson’s first meeting on the helm in Uvalde took a special tone than these of the final a number of months; it was calmer and forward-focused, anchored by a promise of communication with the neighborhood. 

“My observation as an outsider is many times we’ve seen this room filled with a lack of trust, anger and frustration,” Patterson advised these within the room Wednesday evening. “My hope is we can all work to make that better.”

It took him practically 4 minutes to learn by the accolades collected by Gutierrez, whom Patterson labored with beforehand at East Central ISD. Those embrace a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE); a trainer’s and principal’s certification; a certification in particular schooling; and time served as a TCOLE teacher, affiliate principal and assistant principal, in addition to varied committees. 

After the introduction, some mother and father of Uvalde CISD kids joked the brand new chief is overqualified for the position, but additionally expressed hope the transfer begins them on a path of restoring their belief within the district. 

“He brings a very unique perspective to the job that I’ve never seen,” Patterson stated. 

Site for brand spanking new faculty permitted

The faculty board additionally permitted a beneficial website for a brand new, two-story faculty that may successfully substitute Robb Elementary as soon as it is torn down. It’ll be constructed subsequent to Dalton Elementary, the place some former Robb college students now go. 

“With this evening’s approval of the site and conceptual design by the UCISD school board, we now move to the schematic design phase of the project,” Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation officers stated in a press release. 

“My observation as an outsider is many times we’ve seen this room filled with a lack of trust, anger and frustration,”  he stated to neighborhood members and district officers within the room. “My hope is we can all work to make that better.”

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