updated 7:28 PM UTC, Nov 21, 2019

CISD supt. submits resignation request

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By Chris Edwards
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COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil ISD Superintendent Angela Matterson submitted a letter of resignation to the CISD Board of Trustees last week. Earlier this week, a mugshot purporting to be Matterson, surfaced on social media, and referenced an arrest in Colorado.

The mugshot does not list any charges but refers to an arrest that occurred on Oct. 21 and cites two different agencies: the Sheriff ’s offices of LaPlata and Archuleta counties.

The resignation letter, accompanied by an email directed to faculty and staff, does not specify why Matterson is stepping down from the position, in which she has served since 2014. At press time, calls to the district had not been returned. The letter states that Matterson’s final day as superintendent will be June 11, 2020.

In the letter, Matterson states a necessity to “move forward in my educational pursuits,” and indicates that it was submitted in time so that the school board has ample time to select a replacement.

The particulars of the incident in Colorado are not known as of press time, but the Booster has reached out to those aforementioned agencies with an open records request.

A representative with the Texas Education Agency confirmed that an arrest was reported, and TEA is in the process of suspending Matterson’s educator credentials until the matter is resolved, per TEA policy. According to TEA, they were informed of the arrest on Tuesday.

In Texas, the State Board of Educator Certification, which is a division of TEA, is responsible for the certification and discipline of Texas educators. There is a wide range of behaviors that the SBEC can take action against, based on violations of the Texas Educator Code of Ethics, or any other grounds by law.

In the letter, Matterson expressed gratitude for being able to serve as CISD Superintendent and highlighted some of the achievements for the district under her leadership but conceded “My work at Colmesneil ISD is done.”

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