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Meeting between parents and district an emotional airing of grievances

October 30, 2013 • Local News

Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Tom Burris and parents of elementary students held a heated public meeting Oct. 17 about allegations made by parents against the district.

Topics covered during the meeting included allegations of name-calling, physical abuse and intimidation of parents and families. Some parents also criticized the uniform policy at Pecos Elementary and raised concerns over safety.

The meeting at times escalated to a chorus of attendees talking at once and at other times dissolved into a lone mother speaking through tears about concerns for her children.

Executive Assistant for Assistant Superintendent of Assessment Evaluation and Technology Veronica Arias provided translation when needed. Burris does not speak Spanish and some parents did not speak English.

Fourteen people representing nine families aired complaints during the meeting. Most of the parents had children at Pecos.

Felipe Botello, whose 9-year-old son attends Login to read more

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