Uvalde CISD board holds grievance hearing Monday for Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Supt. Dr. Hal Harrell speaks during a news conference to provide an update following the recent school shooting at Robb Elementary, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Two teachers and 19 students were killed in the mass shooting. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Eric Gay, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

UVALDE, Texas – It’s a busy week for the Uvalde CISD school board with two special meetings — one focused on Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell and the other regarding district police chief Pete Arredondo’s termination.

Monday night’s hearing will allow for public comment before the board will go into a closed session to discuss parent and public grievances against the superintendent.

The board will come out of closed session to vote on any possible action.

The district has a three-level grievance process.

The first level involves a parent or student filling out a form and submitting it to an administrator. If a student or parent did not receive the relief requested at Level One, they can request, in writing, a conference with the Superintendent or designee. If an informal conference fails to reach the outcome requested by a student or parent, the student or parent may appeal the decision to the Board.

According to the district’s procedures, “The Board shall then consider the complaint. It may give notice of its decision orally or in writing at any time up to and including the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Board shall vote on each Level Three complaint.”

The Uvalde CISD School Board will meet again Wednesday night to discuss and take possible action on the termination of Arredondo’s contract.

Regular UCISD school board meetings are held on the third Monday each month, at 6:30 p.m. You can learn more here.

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